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Jonah’s Dream Deborah LaFogg Docherty Deborah LaFogg Docherty’s art combines her passions for nature and painting. “I strive to give people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild—where they live, court, raise their young and survive,” she says. “I paint a picture of a secret world that many never get a chance to see firsthand.” Docherty’s cover painting, Jonah’s Dream, was inspired by the true tale of two Florida fishermen that split open a fish’s stomach and found an infant sea turtle inside. Docherty had the chance to meet the turtle, named Jonah, while it was being rehabilitated at a local marine center. Docherty lives with her husband and four cats in Boynton Beach, FL. View the artist’s portfolio at

aspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr #3 in Conifer, has expanded to include private treatment rooms, group and classroom meeting space and new retail area. Heather and Keith Baruch have long been fixtures at farmer’s markets and expos around the state where they have been introducing the public to their lineup of over 140, nontoxic, gluten-free, GMO-free skin and wellness products. The new Center is housed in a large, log-timber building that seems tailor made for the expanded services and classes they will be offering. Services include: Thai Yoga massage, herbal consultations utilizing biofeedback, Quantum Resonance crystal healing bed, Cranial Sacral massage, lymphatic drainage massage, deep tissue and Swedish massage. A full slate of special events and classes start in April offering the public the chance to: build their own medicine drum; enhance psychic awareness; learn Resilient Me skills for personal & professional effectiveness; partake of guided meditation with singing bowls and gongs; and new moon sacred sound spiral. Learn more by contacting 303-919-0349 or See ad page 11.

Zoe Skin Care & Boutique Opens in Foothills


atherine Zoe Plant announces the opening of her new skin care center and jewelry boutique at 25958 Genesee Trail Rd, Ste C, Golden. Her goal is to provide a relaxing sanctuary for clients to experience beneficial and rejuvenating services. Plant has been a Certified Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician for 16 years. Zoe Skin Care & Boutique offers facials, microdermabrasion, peels, waxing, eyelash extensions, body treatments and collagen induction. 303-838-0499 or

Year of Empowerment Retreat Series

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usie Kincade of Women’s Empowerment Workshop offers nature adventure retreats and coaching during its Year of Empowerment retreat series. “The retreats,” says Kincade, “help build confidence, resiliency, personal awareness & growth, with something for everyone.” The series includes: April 26: Jumpstart Your Body-MindSpirit Connection with Everest mountaineer Ellen Miller; June 13-15: Heart 2 Heart Mother-Daughter retreat in Eagle; July 2-7: River Wisdom: Navigating Change in the Feminine Way on the Green River in CO/Utah; and Sept. 14-20: Awaken in Bali! This all-inclusive retreat combines self-discovery, interactive life coaching and deep connections with Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Love as cornerstones of your adventure. Includes sacred waterfalls, learning the art of batik, yoga, hiking a volcano, experiencing the gentle spirit of the Balinese people, a one-on-one visit with a village Brahmana, ocean excursions with dolphins, and powerful life coaching. Call Susie Kincade at 877-595-8622 for info. WomenEmpower.Us. See ad page 9.

Soldis Gifts Opens in Denver


wner Sue Strand announces the opening of her new store Soldis Gifts at 1470 S. Santa Fe Drive, Suite 104B, Denver. The store combines a tobacco/smoking accessories store and her healing crystals/metaphysical online store. The unique store offers: glass pipes combining healing crystals and glass artwork with sacred symbols and crystals; gem essences with embedded Cannabis vibrational energies; and stones and crystals in gem essence forms that work well with THC teas. Strand offers education about the stones and crystals while also offering Angel readings and crystal card readings. The online store has over 26,000 items according to Strand. She says, “We would like to work with the artisans in the community to help them sell their items, and we want to partner with other businesses and carry their business cards so they may find like-minded clientele who need their services as well.” 10% discount to new customers. See listing page 29.

Attunement Retreat


unrise Ranch, a conscious retreat and conference center located west of Loveland, will offer a 3-day Attunement retreat April 4-6. Attendees will learn principles, share personal experiences and explore other energy practices such as Healing Chant. Seasoned practitioners as well as those with no prior experience may attend. According to the Ranch, attunement allows access to internal selfhealing using the endocrine system. The purpose is to align body, mind and heart with the forces of life. It increases life-giving energy flow through the body into the world. Those who share the practice report effects ranging from feelings of peace to stress reduction and an improved mental and emotional state. The practice is spiritually based, but there is no religious affiliation. People of any faith are welcome to attend. To register, e-mail or 970-679-4200. See ad page 18.

Rob Smigelski, DC Opens Practice in Denver, Lafayette


octor Rob Smigelski, DC, announces the opening of his practice BioTransformational Institute in Lafayette and Denver. Dr. Smigelski, already a licensed chiropractor, is currently earning his Master’s of Acupuncture. He focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection and specializes in helping patients with autoimmune and brain-based difficulties. Symptoms of these difficulties can include brain fog, memory loss, low energy, insomnia, chronic pain and poor concentration. Dr. Smigelski says his practice is unique in that he utilizes energybased techniques that don’t include painful cracking or popping for spinal adjustment. And, he adds, chiropractic is no longer just about spinal adjustments. It includes “the big picture” of health and holistic wellness from an integrated approach when working with patients to ensure eradication of symptoms as well as getting the body, mind and spirit in harmony for a better quality of life. Dr Smigelski can be reached at 720-381-8561 or

Massage School Celebrates 25th Year


he Academy of Natural Therapy in Greeley is a family-owned massage school celebrating their 25th Anniversary year this year. The school’s massage traditions have been passed down through five generations. With over 25 years of graduates, the Academy believes every student as a future therapist will affect the world, says Director of Marketing Melissa Burrows. “Massage Therapy is at the front lines of the health care industry for improving the well-being of individuals on both physical and emotional levels. The Academy of Natural Therapy is excited by the numerous possibilities for change, growth, and enhancement of the quality of education for Massage Therapists. The instructors and staff are deeply committed to instilling in our students the knowledge, integrity, and ethics needed to professionally succeed in the Massage Therapy profession,” she says. The 1,000 Massage Therapy Certification program and the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Therapeutic Massage Program is offered at various times throughout the year. Part or full-time. For more information on enrollment, please contact the school at 970-3521181. See ad page 13.

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newsbriefs Personalized Yoga Retreat in Salida


llan Werthan, certified Integrative Yoga Therapy instructor, announces “Envision Yourself Yoga Retreat” in Salida April 25-27, where you can create your own personal retreat agenda from a diverse schedule of offerings including: sunrise, sunset, restorative and therapeutic yoga; yoga nidra; insight and kindness meditation; creative expression workshops; pranayama; nature walks; and journaling. The retreat is designed to: help you cultivate power, focus, mindfulness and intention; nurture body, spirit, self-compassion and authenticity; illuminate your inner wisdom and highest aspirations; develop a dedicated, consistent and joyous daily practice; and pursue a brilliant vision for your life. The retreat center is a vintage, restored 1889 stone house in historic Salida with dome greenhouse for meditation and contemplation, yoga decks, hot tub and covered patio. $265/pp. Contact Allan Werthan 303-378-6923 or allan.werthan@ See Save the Date page 25.

Garden like a Pro


he Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), a nonprofit organization serving the Front Range, is offering four different Garden In A Box (GIAB) kits this spring. For many years, the CRC has partnered with professional landscape designers to create xeric gardens that are convenient for any level gardener and will flourish in the Colorado climate. These GIAB kits are made available in partnership with water municipalities throughout the state, allowing for residents to purchase GIABs at a discount. The GIAB kits include everything you need to plant a water-saving garden that contains beautiful perennial plants to brighten your property three seasons each year. 303-999-3820 ext. 222 or

GMO Labeling Initiative Gains Steam in Colorado


ccording to Independent Science News (11/12/13), the career of one of the most prominent GMO proponents, Dr. Pamela Ronald, is in serious jeopardy as two of her scientific papers (published in 2009 and 2011 respectively) were recently retracted. These studies were found to contain sizeable scientific errors, rendering her findings null and void. According to the article by Jonathan Latham, PhD, these two studies formed the basis of her research program at the University of California in Davis. While GMO-promoting science is crumbling, Right to Know (RTN) Colorado GMO has made tremendous progress in efforts to place mandatory GMO labeling on the 2014 Colorado Ballot. According to Tryna Cooper, co-organizer of RTK Colorado, “We need 86,105 valid signatures to get on the ballot and are planning on collecting between 120,000 and 150,000 by August 4th to make sure we have what we need to get this on the ballot in November.  Also, the campaign has raised about $500,000 so far, but more contributions are needed. The effort is starting to pull in support from around the country, but Colorado citizens’ voices are the most important. We’re also looking for volunteers around the state who would like to participate in this effort.” Contact or visit

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Olive Leaf Outperforms Diabetes Drug


Ventilation and Cleaning Hinder Indoor Pollutants


roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Benzene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and xylene top the list of common VOCs inside U.S. households, according to an EPA report. Typical sources comprise common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking.


live leaf may provide nature’s answer to diabetes treatment. A recent study from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, suggests that olive leaf extract can help reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin production by beta cells in the pancreas. The researchers tested 46 middleaged, obese adults at risk for developing metabolic syndrome-related Type 2 diabetes. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, olive leaf extract outperformed the diabetes drug metformin and “significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic betacell secretory capacity,” according to the researchers. Insulin helps escort glucose into the body’s cells.

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Ayurvedic Tip for Cultivating Harmony


yurveda, the science of life, offers a prescription for living a life in harmony. According to Swami Krishnananda in his commentary on the Chandogya Upanishad, we are here to live a life of harmony through intimate knowledge of ourselves, one another, the Earth and her elements. The simple act of planting specific plants in and around our homes, offices or schools may help us balance competing energies to achieve balance. An overly passionate and unsettled mind is rajasic; a dull mind, incapable of empathy, is tamasic. We see evidence of these imbalanced states in acts of violence that reflect terrible passionate action coupled with a disquieting lack of empathy. The antidote to rajas and tamas is the cultivation of sattva, or purity. Sattva is goodness manifesting as intelligence, virtue and joy. When the mind is in a sattvic state, it is at peace. In Ayurveda, Tulsi (occimum sanctum) is known as the “Queen of the Herbs” for its sattvic properties. Prashanti de Jagar, founder of Organic India, instructs that Tulsi can be easily grown indoors or out and that “even the ground beneath Tulsi is sacred.” Use Tulsi as an ornamental annual near the entrance of your home, school or office to infuse the air with uplifting fragrance, purify the environment and calm our minds. According to the Dalai Lama, “With our thoughts we make our world. Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves.” Heather Baines, Ayurved Vaidya Visharad, ERYT practices Ayurveda in Boulder. She can be reached at or meet her at the Vasant Lad Weekend. See ad page 21.

Supplements Could Save $70 Billion in Medical Costs


n a Frost & Sullivan study report authored by Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, Ph.D., the use of dietary supplements, including B vitamins, phytosterols and dietary fiber, could reduce the cost of treating coronary artery disease in the U.S. by nearly $50 billion over the next seven years. In addition, healthcare costs related to diabetes, vision problems and osteoporosis could be reduced by nearly $20 billion collectively with the use of certain supplements. The projections were based on cost-benefit analysis comparing a series of scenarios to assess the effect on overall disease management costs if an identified high-risk population were to avoid costly medical events by increasing their intake of dietary supplements purchased out-ofpocket versus no supplement usage. “The healthcare system spends a tremendous amount of money treating chronic disease, but has failed to focus on ways to reduce those costs through prevention,” says Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 3 percent of U.S. healthcare costs are spent on the prevention of chronic diseases.


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Orange Oil Calms Kids in Dental Chairs


or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Biomedical Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior.

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estless Legs Syndrome (RSL) can wake both sufferers and their partners at night, and more people suffer than realize it. Even when both continue to doze through a bout of restlessness, it hampers the quality of sleep and can cause them to begin the day fatigued. Some people only notice that a problem exists by its absence when a vacation or business trip prompts sleeping in separate beds, the calmer partner will enjoy deeper, more restful sleep. Other problems can follow if the syndrome is left untreated. A 2011 study by the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at University Medical Centre, in Freiburg, Germany, reported that untreated RSL patients exhibited depression, anxiety, compulsivity and other impaired behaviors. With topical application of appropriate herbs, oversensitive nerves in legs can be settled and the muscles can be made less responsive to such stimulation. Cramp bark, St. John’s Wort and wild yam have been used for centuries to relax oversensitive nerves and relieve residual tension in skeletal muscles. Sage also has a history of medicinal use, including modern-day application as an antispasmodic. Rosemary, another essential herb, is used to increase circulation and help flush toxins built up in stagnant muscle fibers. The journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology also recently reported that peppermint and lavender work to naturally relax the body. Combining all of these plants can prove an advantageous herbal treatment for RLS. Place tablespoon of each herb in a cup of in hot (not boiling) water to produce a decoction that can be spread or rolled on the legs. The liquid will be absorbed into the skin within a few minutes and leg restlessness will subside and motion will cease. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit See ad, page 24.

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GMO Go-Ahead

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemical’s genetically modified (GM, GMO, GE) corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and some 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has issued talking points against GMO labeling laws for food industry lobbyists that claim the laws are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment, although other legal experts say the assertion is baseless.

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Feds Give Dangerous Green Light

CO2-Correct Food Menus Minimize Greenhouse Gases

Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climate-changing greenhouse gases are produced to make and transport them ( They then devised a weekly weight allowance for each food, which when followed, would reduce the use of greenhouse gases by about a third. Surprisingly, the list features foods such as chocolate, ice cream and red meat, but anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint must only eat them in relatively tiny quantities. Some food groups, such as dairy products and meat, produce much bigger emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide than others because of the way they are manufactured and brought to market. The production of fruit, vegetables and legumes is much less likely to produce such high emissions.

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Cheaper Solar Panels Spur Job Growth Solar industry jobs are up nearly 20 percent in the 14 months through November 2013 as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar, according to a report by the nonprofit Solar Foundation research group. At latest count, solar companies employ nearly 143,000 solar workers, up more than 23,000 from September 2012—a job growth rate that’s 10 times faster than the national average and is helping local economies, according to the foundation. The industry is expected to create 22,000 new jobs in 2014, although at a slower pace than 2013. Cuts of 8,500 positions are projected in the sector that generates electricity from fossil fuels. Solar firms surveyed in the report said that more than 50 percent of their business and homeowner customers turned to solar to save money, while nearly 23 percent said they invested in panels because costs are now comparable with utility rates. The report noted that the cost of solar equipment has fallen about 50 percent since the beginning of 2010, motivating more people to go green. natural awakenings

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ecotip Heirloom Home A Fresh Look at Furnishings that Last Why not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-toyou items—ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as and Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture

grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and small-group conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet. Additional sources: and

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Sacred Sounds of the Mystical Heart in April


usanna Bair, co-founder of IAM heart, presents a weekend of meditation workshops April 2527 at The Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St., Denver. During the weekend, Bair will demonstrate and teach sounds for stimulating the body’s seven energy centers, allowing attendees to access energy, remove stress and spur creativity. “You can energize your heart to improve cardiac health, heal emotional wounds and open the doors of your energy body. The most effective way to change your energy body is by physically vibrating your heart, nerves and glands with vocalized sound in Heart Rhythm Meditation,” says Bair. According to Bair, energy currents manifest in the voice to touch others by: slowing or quickening the rhythm of the circulation system; awakening or soothing the nervous system; and arousing higher passions or calming them. Sound is a highly-effective instrument with which to tune, control and utilize your energy body while

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. ~William Congreve, d. 1729.

providing feedback and a focus for concentration. FRIDAY 6-8pm. Introductory presentation by Susanna on the use of sound to energize the seven energy centers. Free and open to the public. SATURDAY 9am-5pm. Full-day, stand-alone workshop covering a full set of techniques with opportunity to practice. $99 or two for $119.

SUNDAY 9am-2pm. Advanced workshop for experienced students, or for the beginner seeking to dive in and gain a fuller experience. Susanna goes into greater depth with the practices learned on Saturday. Includes group practice with Susanna giving heartcentered, spiritual insight to each individual. Limited to 10 participants. $200. The Institute for Applied Meditation of heart (IAM heart) is based in Tucson, AZ and was cofounded by Puran and Susanna Bair in 1988. They combined their backgrounds in psychology, theater, science and business when forming the educational, nonprofit 501(c)3. IAM heart provides professional training in the method and application of Heart Rhythm Meditation through mentoring, web courses, group retreats, private retreats, local classes and a two-year, part-time comprehensive curriculum at The University of the Heart. Susanna will offer a limited number of private sessions during each session. Call 520-299-2170 for availability and more information or visit IAMHeart. org/ seminars. See ad page 12.

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space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.

2. Deciding Where to Live


SAVE BIG Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Us Money by Crissy Trask


very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Ecofriendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

1. Buying a Home

When considering a move to a new place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit


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in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less

Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, cardependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People.

Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.

3. Choosing a Car

We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasoline-powered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.

4. Buying American

According to Consumer Reports, many shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy.

Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s bigbox discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly

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know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.

5. Getting Healthy

Going green is healthy in innumerable ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to


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The newest hybrids have been around for more than a decade, and the batteries have held up extremely well, lasting 150,000 to 200,000 miles in some cases. ~ impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.

To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly affordable compared with eating out and consuming prepackaged convenience foods. By substituting whole foods for prepared foods, cooking more meals at home and practicing good eating habits—like eating less meat and downsizing portions—the average person can enjoy high-quality food for $7 to $11 per day. This matches or falls below what the average American daily spends on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Considering that diet-related diseases can cost afflicted families thousands of dollars a year, better food choices can make us not only healthier, but wealthier, too. Crissy Trask is the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better. Connect at


fuel industries have no motivation to act. Market signals don’t help us make correct decisions when the military, health and environmental costs of fossil fuels that spread throughout the economic system don’t show up in today’s gasoline prices and electricity bills. Science and art seek clarity and vision. Clear perception is the key to changing the impact we’re having on our home planet. With social clarity, the policy, economic and technological solutions to wise energy use and countering climate change can be widely implemented. The path forward is being traveled by individuals committed to improving their own lives and communities; by school children who can’t stand the inaction of their elders; by innovative entrepreneurs and corporations eager to make or save money; by military generals seeking to protect their country and their soldiers; and by political leaders of courage and vision. We are all complicit with action or skeptical inaction; we can all participate in solutions to climate change.

Ice Chaser

James Balog’s Dramatic Images Document Climate Change by Christine MacDonald


ational Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career—finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic record of vanishing glaciers, and his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, Natural Awakenings asked about the challenges he faced to bring this dramatic evidence of climate change to a world audience.

How did seeing glaciers shrink “before your eyes” move you to endure sometimes lifethreatening conditions to get these images on record? I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our eyes. It is undeniable.

Why do these photos and videos help us grasp the scale of Planet Earth’s climate changes already underway? When people encounter Extreme Ice Survey images, their response is typically immediate and dramatic. It is the first step toward caring about a distant landscape most will never experience in person, enabling them to connect the dots between what happens far away and the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and other climaterelated issues closer to home.

What can an everyday person do to help underscore the global scientific consensus and urgency of addressing global warming? Lobbyists and pundits seek confusion and controversy, because ignorance seeks to hide within a noise cloud of false information. As long as the public thinks climate change isn’t real or that science is still debating it, fossil fuel industries protect their profits. Without social clarity, the political leaders financially beholden to fossil

What’s next on the horizon for you? We will continue to keep the Extreme Ice Survey cameras alive. This project doesn’t end just because the film came out. We plan to keep observing the world indefinitely. We’ll install more cameras in Antarctica; funding permitting, we also hope to expand into South America. I intend to continue looking at human-caused changes in the natural world, which is what I’ve been photographing for 30 years. I’m developing a couple of other big ideas for conveying innovative, artistic and compelling interpretations of the world as it’s changing around us. I will continue doing self-directed educational projects through our new nonprofit, Earth Vision Trust. Overall, I feel a great obligation to preserve a pictorial memory of vanishing landscapes for the people of the future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains.


Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.”

DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean

Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free.

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Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.


mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is another benefit: The Jabs’


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homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.

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Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin.

Home Formulas

All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens. Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color).

More than 95 percent of “green” products manipulate labels by providing irrelevant information (declaring a product is free of an already illegal chemical), being vague (masking poisons as natural ingredients), outright lying (claiming false endorsements) and other maneuvers. ~ TerraChoice Group Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse.

Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop.

Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray.

Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.

Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil.

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In the bathroom: Substitute chlorineladen disinfecting wipes with homemade reusable ones. recommends mixing three-quarters of a cup of white vinegar, three-quarters of a cup of water and 25 drops of essential oil in a glass mason jar. Stuff five to seven washcloths into the jar, seal with a lid and shake, so the solution is absorbed into each wipe. Pull out a ready-made disinfecting wipe for a quick clean. Laundering linens: Change cleaning rags often, hang-drying them thoroughly before adding to the laundry basket. Wash kitchen and bathroom rags (added to the bathroom towel load) separately each week. According to Calleja, “Presoaking rags overnight in a non-toxic, chlorine-free, whitening solution can make a huge difference in getting them clean.” Combine a halfcup of hydrogen peroxide with two to three gallons of water, spot-testing every fabric first for colorfastness. Calleja also likes using a white vinegar and eucalyptus oil rinse aid to dissolve soap residue, soften fabric and leave a fresh scent.

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Celebrate Earth Day 2014 Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to Renew the Health of Our Planet


hether already an activist or still struggling to sort recyclables, we all have a prime opportunity during the week of April 22 to renew our individual and collective pledge to tread more lightly on the planet. “Environmentalism touches every part of our lives, from what we eat to what we wear to what we breathe,” says Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers. “Learning about where our food comes from or how a product is made can be fun,” she continues, “and awareness is the foundation for action.” More than a billion citizens have already registered their acts of green through the organization’s website; this year, the campaign seeks to engage a billion more. Suggestions range from the personal, such as pledging to stop using disposable plastic, to the political, in calling our congressional representatives to reestablish a tax credit program for renewable energy. With an estimated two out of every three people on Earth expected to be living in cities by 2050—straining water, energy and transportation systems—Earth Day Network has chosen Green Cities as this year’s theme. Advocates are calling upon cities to invest in smart grids, overhaul outdated building codes and increase public transportation options. Visit to pledge a personal act of green, find a volunteer opportunity or learn more about the re-greening of urban communities around the world. Help celebrate its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2014 events.


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Earth Day Events 2014 [Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. - Cree Indian Proverb]

Throughout April: Children’s Museum of Denver – April is Planet Earth Month: Check their calendar for great daily programs like Super Scientists-Earth Rangers and Kids-Strong Body, Strong Planet. City of Golden various events: Keep Golden beautiful! Clean ups, classes and more; check calendar for events and dates. Earth Day Art Show at the Golden Library all month (artists’ reception 4/22 6-7:30pm.) links/sustainability

April 9 National Environmental Education Week, hosted by NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation) presents the EE Week webinar “The Grand Green Challenges of Engineering” 7pm EST.

April 13-19 National Environmental Education Week: “Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World.” EE Week will explore how engineering plays an important part in the way we think about and solve some of today’s biggest environmental problems, leading to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people.

April 17-25 Colorado State University Celebrates Earth Day with Week of Events

Friday, April 18 National Arbor Day: Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

April 19-27 National Parks Week: Celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer with the theme “National Park Week: Go Wild!” Fee-free entrance days on Sat, April 19 and Sun, April 20!

Saturday, April 19 Earth Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center: 9am-3pm. North 30th Street, Colorado Springs. FREE. Native American Dancer Performances, live birds of prey from Nature’s Educators, children’s craft activities, nature walks and free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Earth Day Fort Collins: 11am-5pm at Civic Center Park, 201 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins. More interactive and educational opportunities. Admission is free and attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the Food Bank. Mountain Area Earth Day Fair: 10am-4pm. Evergreen Lake House, 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen. *Metech Recycling Stapleton United Neighborhoods: 10am-1pm. Quebec Square Shopping Center in front of Sam’s Club. Charges will apply. *Metech Recycling City of Lakewood: 9am3pm. Heritage Center/Allison Pkwy and Wadsworth. Charges will apply/Benefits the Rooney Road Foundation.

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[There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren’t at the same time raising young people to be better stewards. - Dr. Jane Goodall Primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist ] Celebrate Lakewood Regional Parks: Join a ranger-led hike through the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Earth Day Denver: 10am-2pm. Each year, Denver’s Earth Day Fair showcases local businesses, organizations, and agencies that practice or provide environmentally-friendly and sustainable services and products. Wellington Webb Municipal Building Atrium, 201 W. Colfax Ave, Denver. Zero Waste event.

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Mitchell Elementary in Golden: Help get our garden ready for spring! 12:30-2:30pm. 201 Rubey Dr. Info

Saturday, April 26 Earth Day Volunteer Service Project: Spend a morning improving Bear Creek Lake Park maintaining trails, planting, collecting trash and other volunteer activities. *Metech Recycling Whole Foods/Tamarac Square: Noon-3pm. 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. Charges will apply. Free compost and Earth Day festivities.

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Sunday, April 27 Fort Collins Food Cooperative Earth Day W.O.L.F. Earth Day Fundraiser with Food Coop: 11am-5pm. The Fort Collins Food Cooperative has chosen the WOLF Sanctuary for their April and Earth Day fundraising efforts. The entire month of April all donations collected are donated to W.O.L.F. Lakewood Earth Day Celebration “Live Local”: 10am-3pm, Lakewood Heritage Center at 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. Zero Waste event. Special attractions at this year’s event include a climbing wall, music, demonstrations on xeriscaping, environmentally friendly fertilizers and pesticides, irrigation efficiency, and composting. There will also be fitness activities open to the public and plenty of art and activities for kids. Amazing Rock the Earth Race: starts at 8am. Combines music and the environment themes. Limited to 40 2-person teams. 13th Annual Wild Earth Day: 11am-4pm. Central Parks North and South in Boulder. Free, actionpacked day of entertainment and education about this magnificent planet earth.

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Celebrating Spring/Wood Element with Herbal Medicine and Fermentation–6-8 pm. Explore plants that support birth, regeneration, vision and growth. Includes sauerkraut demo. $10. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation NW Denver/Arvada–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer causing a neurobiological transformation w/in the brain of each receiving individual. Sugg $10 Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. New-Born Baby Herbs–6pm-8pm. Support your baby’s health from colic, cradle-cap and occasional sniffles with the safest, evidence-based and most effective herbal remedies. $25. Holistic Pathways 3521 S Logan St, Englewood. RSVP 720-570-2454 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358,


Permaculture Design Course–thru 4/11 An 80-hr intensive teaches essentials for effective permaculture design; composting techniques, pasture

management and fractal patterning application. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. or SunriseRanch. org/PDC. Live Awake: Honor & Enhance Your Psychic Awareness–5:45-8pm. 1st & 3rd Weds. Explore / enhance your awareness by clearing, grounding and centering your energy. $100/mo 2 classes. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, #3, Conifer. RSVP req’d Abby Rosan 303-919-0349 or

THURSDAY APRIL 3 A Basic Meditation 5-Wks–Thursdays 7-9pm. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early Bird $165, Regular $180. Journey Within; Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

with Dr. Jane Katra–7-9pm.Intro of subtle energy activation and perception previewing 1-day workshop on 4/5. Dr. Jane Katra, spiritual healer and author, shares wisdom of many. $20. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

SATURDAY APRIL 5 One Day Workshop Experiencing Expanded Awareness–9am-4pm. Experiential workshop of subtle energy activation and perception w/Dr. Jane Katra, spiritual healer and author. Historic Greystone Estate, Evergreen. $100 pre-reg/$125 door. Incl lunch/snacks. RSVP/info 303-674-2922. Medicine Drum Building Workshop–10:30am-2:30pm. Make your own Medicine Drum with frames made by craftsman John Mayo aka “Running Elk” from Bailey. $95+$90 Material Fee includes: Handmade 16” frame, Elk hide & drum stick. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr #3, Conifer. RSVP req’d. 303-883-5169 or 2014 Vision Board Workshop–10am-2:30pm. Create Your Vision! Define your dreams! Find your light in the world! Take home a posterboard visual representation of the life of your dreams. $59. Bring Friend 50% off. Register Deb Roffe 303-550-5923, debroffe@comcast. net. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.



Attunement Retreat at Sunrise Ranch–thru 4/6 Share Attunement experiences and review foundations of this vital energy medicine practice while exploring other practices such as Healing Chant. Led by David Karchere. Register

Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

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Love Offering. Unity of Littleton 7899 S Lincoln Ct, Littleton. Sharon 720-289-4431, Aspen Fundamentals of Psychic Development– 10am-3:30pm. Psychic ability is a learned skill. Everyone has it! Build a stronger foundation for your psychic development with 13 steps. Learn how your psychic mind works. The Fundamentals class gives you what you need to effectively access your psychic sense. Leader in Psychic Education since 2010. $75. The Aspen Program Learning Center 7350 E Progress Place, Greenwood Village. Instructor: Karen Fox, Ph.D., Psychic, Medium & Medical Intuitive. Register Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Readings, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 720-466-3322 or

MONDAY APRIL 7 Academy of Massage Therapy Classes Start–Contact Hollianne Hall Director of Admissions 970-352-1181 or for info on enrollment. Free Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–6:30-7:15pm. Unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity/contentment restored. Grad student readings/$40 by appt. Inner Connection Institute Denver location, inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Denver. 303-282-9439,


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TUESDAY APRIL 8 Fearless Life Workshop–4/8-15-22-29. 8-hrs over 4 Tuesdays helps identify the thoughts, feelings and actions keeping you from living the life you want. Raise self-confidence, release expectations, eliminate excuses, master the power of intention, find purpose and passion. Must commit to all 4 days. Facilitated by Randi Racenstein, Certified Fearless Living Coach/ Licensed Social Worker. Pre-reg req’d Randi 516526-9750 or Free Class-Trust Your Intuition–7:15-8:30pm. Ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Easily hear your intuition. RSVP David Stevens 303-668-2358, Teleclass avail. Evolution Series–6:45-9pm. Monthly gathering exploring evolutionary and cutting edge concepts/ tools/technologies that expand human consciousness and support healthy sustainable living. Features Terry Chriswell, Publisher of Natural Awakenings presenting “Moving Toward Happy” based on her soon-to-bepublished book. Suggested $10. 2nd Tue ea month. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Right To Know Colorado-GMO Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup–7-9pm. Pursue the Initiative Pro-


Friday, April 25 (Free Introduction); Saturday, April 27 (Stand-alone Workshop); Sunday, April 28 (Advanced Workshop Limited to 10) Join us for this meditation workshop on the Seven Chakras taught by IAM Heart co-founder Susanna Bair, who will teach seven-plus sounds for stimulating your heart and the body’s seven energy centers to energize your heart, improve cardiac health, heal your emotional wounds, open the doors of your energy body, remove stress and spur creativity. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St, Denver. Fri, 4/25 FREE Intro; Sat, 4/26 $99pp; $119/2; Sun 4/27 $200. For more information call 520-299-2170 or visit seminars

ENVISION YOURSELF YOGA RETREAT April 25-27 in Salida Create your own personal retreat agenda from a diverse schedule of offerings including: sunrise, sunset, restorative, therapeutic yoga, and yoga nidra; insight and kindness meditation; creative expression workshops; pranayama; nature walks; journaling and more. Cultivate your power, focus, mindfulness and intention. Nurture body, spirit, self-compassion and authenticity. Develop a dedicated, consistent and joyous daily practice. Illuminate your inner wisdom and highest aspirations; and pursue a brilliant vision for your life. Weekend incl lodging and meals, $265/pp. For more information and to register, call Allan Werthan at 303-378-6923 or email

MAKE THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE WITH CONSTELLATIONS! Friday, May 2 (7-10pm) – Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4 (10am-5:30pm) All problems or issues are held together by invisible dynamics and Constellations make the invisible visible to resolve and heal them at their source-and fast! Join expert and nationally recognized Facilitator-Trainer-Author Gary Stuart for discovery and resolution of issues holding your life hostage! Discounts and register early online for your discount at or come Fri 7-10pm to see what the buzz is about! All events $250 Early Bird; $300 later; $25 Fri eve only. Doubletree-Hilton Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive, Westminster. Kathryn Montgomery, 720-350-1813 or or Gary Stuart, 310-748-2052 or

RECONNECT IN PARADISE RETREAT, SAYULITA, MEXICO May 17-24 A 7-day retreat designed to reconnect you to yourself, your spirit, your passions. Combine physical, mindful and spirit-filled activities with amazing adventures that refresh, revitalize and soothe your soul, giving rise to balance in your life in 7 fun-filled days in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Come home mentally and physically stronger, better balanced, refreshed and inspired. A 7-day journey to reconnecting to yourself in a stunning environment. Contact Mary Beth Kennedy 303-589-8006, for more information.

THE ART OF LIVING AT SUNRISE RANCH May 18-25 Take the next step in getting to know the mystery and beauty of your inner landscape at a deeper level on a 7-day residential retreat at Sunrise Ranch. Tap into your strengths, gifts, passions and purpose with a balanced variety of activities complemented by a time of personal exploration. Fee is $950 and includes meals and accommodation. E-mail to register or call 970-679-4200.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT RETREATS Heart2Heart Mother/Daughter Adventure Retreat June 13-16 River Wisdom Adventure Retreat July 2-7 Heart2Heart: Celebrate and enrich your relationship with a weekend of adventure and deepening in Vail. Daughters age 14+; spirit moms/daughters/sisters too). Bond, heal, laugh and play together. River Wisdom: Embrace change in a fearless, positive, authentic way by learning the ancient wisdom of the river and how to apply it in your life. Green River, Vernal UT. Register and info Susie Kincade or under Retreats.

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Garden of Youth: Revitalize and Rejuvenate with Natural Beauty Techniques–6:30-8:30pm. Discover Asian holistic approaches to reduce the signs of aging and restore the spirit. $44. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St, Denver. 720-8653580 or

Personal Book of Inspiration–9:30am-4:30pm. Create personal book filled w/treasures, quotes, prayers and inspiring words to guide you to your inner world. No exp req’d. $125/class; $10/materials. Creative Life Center@St Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Prereg req’d

FRIDAY, MAY 2 The Heart of Your Goddess–Fri 4pm-Sun Noon, May 2-4. Enter another world at Peaceful Valley Ranch in Lyons. Release unwanted blocks and deepen connection with your inner Goddess. Create ink and paint images with Teresa Dunwell, Reiki/Master and creative coach. Co-facilitator Karen Rice King, personal growth and spirituality teacher for 30 years. $390 includes room, meals, workshop supplies, 3 days/2 nights lodging. RSVP by April 2 with Karen 303-665-0175. See

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Confronting Stress: Taking Our Power Back–24pm. Writing workshop to gain a new perspective on stress and leave with fast, fresh tools at your fingertips for future self-care! $30. Creative Life Center@ St Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Prereg req’d

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SUNDAY, MAY 18 The Art of Living–thru 5/25. A residential retreat for those who want to engage with life and play a key role in creating an enlightened society. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Register

Saturday, June 14 Academy of Massage Therapy Massage Fair– 10am-4pm. Raffle prizes, vendor booths, speaker presentations and discounted Natural Therapy Health Center services! To be a vendor or speaker, contact Melissa 970-352-1181 or

JUNE 13-16 Heart2Heart Mother/Daughter Adventure Retreat–Celebrate and enrich your relationship with a weekend of adventure and deepening in Vail. Daughters age 14+; spirit moms/daughters/sisters too). Bond, heal, laugh and play together. Register/ info Susie Kincade or under Retreats.

JULY 2-7 River Wisdom Adventure Retreat–Embrace change in a fearless, positive, authentic way by learning the ancient wisdom of the river and how to apply it in your life. Green River, Vernal UT. Register/info Susie Kincade Susie@ or under Retreats.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 9 Soulful Couples Date Night–7-8:45pm. Special “date night” with your partner will enliven your romance, sparkle and soulful connection! Free. 6162 S Kearney St, Centennial. RSVP Jim and Ruth Sharon 303-7967004 or

THURSDAY APRIL 10 Esoteric Evening: Provocative Answers to Your Deepest Questions about Life–6:15-8:30pm. Expose ideological beliefs so they can be transcended. Led by two spiritual luminaries. Free. A Mission meeting room Denver. Val 303-339-0807 or Meet the Author of Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks–7:30-8:30pm. Stacey L.L. Couch, Naturalist and Certified Shamanic Practitioner, shares how her relationship with hawks came to print. $5 voucher req’d. Boulder Book Store 1107 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-447-2074 or

FRIDAY APRIL 11 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, intense individual clearings. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Guided Meditation w/Singing Bowls & Gong–78:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Chakra-clearing, guided meditation w/peaceful vibrations of gong and singing bowls. $10. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, #3, Conifer. RSVP 303638-3374, Community Drum Circle–6:30-9pm. Bring food to share and your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments

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Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,

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for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Sugg $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

universal symbols through drawing. $90/class & $12/ materials. Creative Life Center@St Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Prereg req’d


Resilient Me- Skills for Personal & Professional Effectiveness–10am-2:30pm. Learn proven tools that reduce stress to gain health and productivity. $100. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr #3, Conifer. RSVP 303-808-5121 or

Songs of Awakening: A Celebration of Spring w/ SoulCollage–1-4pm. Chart your life’s course: embrace your dreams and desires. No Exp req’d. $45/class; $5/ materials. Creative Life Center@St Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Prereg req’d


Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:30pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or FREE Class Trust Your Intuition–1:45-3pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ Register Intro to your Intuition. Teleclass avail.


Group Meditation at Full Moon of Aries–7:15-8:30pm. Group meditation to anchor the energies of goodwill and spiritual awareness during Easter week. Free. First Church of Divine Science 1400 Williams St, Denver. Linda Rinelli 303-366-9730 or


Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,


Create Energy Boundaries with Others:Grounding and Centering–6:30-8:30pm. Also 4/23. Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds” or those who work in people-intense professions. $39. Yoga of the Mind 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. RSVP David Stevens 303-668-2358. Teleclass also.


Integrative Health, Inc. Annual Spring Health Fair–4:30-6:30pm. Food, drinks and prizes; meet providers; learn about alternative therapies. Free. Integrative Health Wellness Center 5191 S Yosemite #B, Greenwood Village. RSVP by 4/10 303-577-9977 or


Addictions: Lecture and Acupuncture–6:30-8:30pm. Struggling With Addictions? The Acupuncture Lounge is offering a community lecture with a free acupuncture treatment for addiction. Free. 750 E 9th Ave, Denver. RSVP 720-446-0178 or


Butchering Class with Sunrise Ranch Culinary Academy–Sunrise Ranch Chef Ace Linne-Speidel and Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat will demonstrate hog butchering while teaching practical meat processing skills. Register 970-679-4200. The Colors of Your Spiritual Journey–9:30am4pm. Contemplative art workshop to explore the five

Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture–Sat & Sun, April 19-20, 10am-5pm. Erie. Learn how to dowse property and install copper L-rods to reduce stressful energy fields, resulting in greater health and well-being. $390 single or $340 couple. Cost includes tools to dowse and cure your home, training manual, pendulum, and book “In the Mind of a Master,” by Anderson and Spurling. Instructor Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, 303-665-0175. More info


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Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic– 1-2pm. Unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donation. Inner Connection Institute, inside Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 S Lincoln, #6, Littleton. 303-282-9439 or Community HU Song–10:30-11am. HU, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave, Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St, #208. 720-466-3322 or Herbal Remedies for Peace of Mind–2-4pm. Nutritional and herbal support for mood disorders; depersonalization disorder; psychic applications of herbs; traditional magical uses; and folklore. $10. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP


Community Healing Night Fundraiser–6-8pm. Experience Reconnective Healing in a personalized 10-min session with experienced RH practitioners. Proceeds benefit Boulder County Meals on Wheels. $15. Boulder Center for Conscious Community 1637 28th St, Boulder. Mary Beth Kennedy 303-589-8006 or


Happy Earth Day Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Herbal Fertility–6-8pm. Support your fertility with evidence-based botanical information and self-care techniques that address hormonal balance, viable eggs and nourishing the endometrial lining. $25. Holistic Pathways 3521 S Logan St, Englewood. RSVP 720570-2454 or


Create Energy Boundaries with Others- Grounding and Centering–6:30-8:30pm. Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds” or those who work in people-intense professions. $39. Yoga of the Mind 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. RSVP David Stevens 303-668-2358. Teleclass avail.


WellGevity and Aesthetics 101–6pm. Have you ever wondered how some people age so well while others don’t? When it comes to your health and appearance, prevention and early intervention is the key to maintaining an appearance you are pleased with, and wellgevity allows you to enjoy life to the fullest. Free. Clear Sky Medical 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860.

SATURDAY APRIL 26 Psychic Dreaming–10am-4pm. Gain psychic information from your dreams by learning how to remember, interpret & increase them. Hypnosis recording incl Ask Your Dreams a Question. $90. The Aspen Program Learning Center 7350 E Progress Place, Greenwood Village. Instructor: Karen Fox. Register A Simpler Way to Reading the Tarot-1:30-4:30pm. 4 wks. Learn to give a variety of tarot card readings with an easy method developed by instructor, Rochelle Fisher. Use reading mat, review suites and court cards. $111. RSVP David Stevens 303-6682358,


Soulful Marriage Retreat–Relationship experts Ruth and Jim Sharon invite you to give yourself and your partner the gift of a weekend devoted to celebrating and enhancing your relationship. $300+lodging. Abiquiu, NM. Ruth and Jim Sharon 303-796-7004, or register event/soulful-marriage-retreat-ghost-ranch New Moon Herbal Women’s Circle–6-7:30pm. Herbal allies, guided ceremony and storytelling to engage our senses, open our hearts and deeper connection with all things. $15. Holistic Pathways 3521 S Logan St, Englewood. 720-570-2454 or New Moon Sacred Sound Spiral–7-8:30pm. Sonic/vocal meditations to ground, clear, balance, infuse, enrich, radiate love and deepen benevolence and harmonization. Indiv attunements from John. $11. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr #3 Conifer. RSVP 303-638-3374 or


Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Open House: Discover Ortho Bionomy–6-8pm. Session samples; “hows and whys” of this profoundly effective bodywork. Easy on practitioner; lasting effect on nervous system. Free. Springhill Suites, 6845 W. 103rd Ave, Westminster. RSVP Sheri Covey rmobcenter@gmail or 970-209-9400.

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SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Angel Tarot and Oracle Card Readings available to provide angelic assistance for following your life’s path with peace and joy. Anna’s Angel Wings with Laura Belair , 303-548-6971,,


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Daily Yoga–12:30 & 4pm. Academy of Natural Therapy, 625 8th Ave, Greeley. $5. 970-352-1181 or

tuesdays The Meisner Technique at ACTASANA Acting Studio & Theatre–7-10pm. Also Saturdays 10am1pm. The Meisner Technique is a transformational process of “telling the truth” despite fear; learning to read human behavior and understand your own. It gets you out of your head and into your heart. 1st class FREE. $260/mo for 8 classes over 18 mos. ACTASANA Acting Studio & Theatre, 1491 S Holly St, Denver. Lea Marlene, Artistic Director; Cassy Clayman, Associate Director 720-638-2612 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Evening Yoga at the Gardens–6-7pm. There’s no better place for yoga practice than our beautiful gardens. Experience vinyasa yoga and cultivate peace and calm in each class. $12. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St, Denver. 720-865.3580 or

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. Release negative energy to create the life you desire. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303 or

“Come and Learn” Open House Brain Balance Centers–4-6pm. Learn about holistic, non-drug approaches to your child’s dyslexia, ADHD, learning disorders and/ or communicator or sensory issues. Stop by, bring the kids, meet the staff. Receive a free copy of “Disconnected Kids.” 1211 Avery St #101 Golden and 1970 E County Line Littleton/Highlands Ranch RSVP 303-388-5861. Aura and Chakra Healings Drop-In–6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear while replenishing your own positive energy. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money and health. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

saturdays Lotus Laser/Unfold Your Healing Potential– 2-3:30pm. Live life with more vitality and less pain. Discover Advanced Laser Therapy and the effective healing it offers. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655 or Tapping to the Top–3:30-4:30pm. Stuck? Need more money? EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique- Big names use this to win (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale). Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E. Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655 or

sundays Service in the Dome–11am-12:15pm. Followed by Attunement circle and lunch in the Pavilion dining room. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland.

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CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 13.



Pamela Silsby, MA, LPC, NCC Cherry Creek 121 South Madison Street, Suite B 720-432-1034 I believe that we are all “works in progress” and that we can greatly benefit from professional guidance to help us realize our hidden potential. I use a variety of techniques including talk therapy, EFT/ tapping, and Law of Attraction Life Coaching to empower my clients to uncover their best selves.

Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.



Tom Zyvoloski DDS Aesthetic Excellence and Holistic Family Care 818 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 15.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 3.


1470 S. Santa Fe Drive, Suite 104B, Denver 303-317-6634 / / Healing Crystals, Glass Pipes, Hookahs, Spiritual Jewelry, Vintage Jewelry, Vinyl Albums and transfers onto your IPods, MP3, Pendulums, Pyramids, Angel Items, Spheres & Eggs, Merkabahs, Gem Essences with/without cannabis vibration, Water Enhancement Products, Color Therapy, Chakra Products, Wiccan, Buddha, Hindu, Beads Sold Individually and So Much More! Artisans-We Welcome Your Products To The Store! 10% discount for New Customers


KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860

DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes.

Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 3.

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1113 Washington Ave., Suite 110, Golden 720-839-5550 Carly inspires and encourages passionate women to take an interest in their health, feel more energetic, look great, connect with others and find overall balance. By participating in group workshops and private coaching sessions women will be supported in finding a new approach through an active lifestyle, eating well, mindfulness practice and designing a life worth loving.


Marcia Chadly and Eva Morrell Boulder/Louisville 303-635-0691

Prepare for a career in the alternative health field with online Nutritional Therapy and Herbalism Programs from CLIMB Institute for Health Professionals. Led by renowned herbalist and nutrional therapy authority KP Khalsa, the CLIMB instructors offer the very best in holistic education.


Find the “You” you love! Renew spirit, body, and life while enjoying the community at Creative Life Center classes and events. Explore: Contemplative Art, SoulCollage®, Mindfulness and Meditation, Journaling, Inner Lent Journey, Spring Awakening, Confronting Stress, Creating your own Inspirational Book and More. Visit our website for more information and to register.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 3.

KIDS: Learning/ Behavior Disorders BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS Golden & Highlands Ranch (University and C-470) 303-388-5861 Ages 4-17 A learning disorder is like a weed, you have to get to the root of the matter! At Brain Balance Centers, we tackle your child’s learning, behavioral or developmental challenge head on- with a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond symptoms to address root causes. Whether it’s reading, writing, math or just a problem of focus....every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest academic and social potential. Stop in or call to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help your child succeed. Free 1/2 hour consultation and tour. See ad page 2.

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NUTRITION/NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offers Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 3.

RADIANT LIVING with ALLANA MCKINNON Whole Body Health, Weight Loss and Access Consciousness 303-859-4827 What if YOU were vibrantly healthy, at peace with your food, in Love with your body, living your purpose, wildly successful and mentally at ease? I offer holistic weight loss, nutritional counseling specializing in Celiac Disease and allergen-free diets, lifestyle counseling, detoxification, and Bars Access Consciousness. Children and adults. In person and phone consultations.

NEW! LIGHTWORKERS ONLINE DIRECTORY LIGHTWORKERLOCATOR.COM The Premier Online Directory for Spiritual Healers, Readers & Practitioners Search on www.lightworkerlocator. com, the premier online directory for Spiritual Healers, Readers & Practitioners, to find complete listings from people dedicated to your healing and growth. List and share your spiritual and healing gifts on the site to gain exposure and get your own miniwebsite for promoting your work. Visit or call 303-519-0355 for more information.


Growth is the only evidence of life. ~ John Henry Newman


NEW! MASSAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY OF NATURAL THERAPY 625 8th Avenue, Greeley, CO 970-352-1181 / When you are a massage therapist, every day is rewarding! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Massage Therapist employment growth of 20.1% by 2020. The Academy of Natural Therapy (ANT) has a long tradition of graduating the finest students, produced through a combination of hands-on, one on one instruction, excellent instructors and a real world atmosphere with over 300 hours in fully equipped facilities - the Student Clinic and the Natural Therapy Health Center. 1000 Hour Massage Therapy Program accredited by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Financial aid available. See ad page 13.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 3.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Explore Your Potential! Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director I-25 & Belleview 303-942-0646

We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities to make better decisions or become a professional. Take the classes you choose. Certificates in Psychic Studies, Medical Intuition, and Spirit Mediumship. We teach the “clairs.” Leader in Psychic Education since 2010.


1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006 Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years. One of the most experienced Reconnection Practitioners in the world, she travels with Eric Pearl and the Reconnection Teaching Team in addition to her practice in Boulder.




Psychotherapist, Licensed Spiritual Coach, Reiki Master, Intuitive Counselor, Shamanic Healer, Ceremonial Facilitator 303-271-0510 Tap unrealized potential for health, wealth, and happiness. Move past stifling limitations, heal wounds, and embrace your greater yet-to-be. Awaken a masterful life with Donna DeNomme—conscious energy teacher, licensed spiritual coach, and ceremonial leader. In private practice since 1987, Donna was voted Colorado’s “Spiritual Health Guru” by the prestigious 5280 Magazine for her unique combination of innovative therapeutic techniques. She is the award-winning, internationally-published author of Turtle Wisdom and Ophelia’s Oracle.


A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. ~Benjamin Franklin



CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT Main Office: Inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St., Ste 202, Denver Denver: 303-282-9439 Wheat Ridge: 303-257-4797 South Side: inside Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 South Lincoln Street, #6, Littleton Create the life you desire with our easy, effective, supportive techniques. A non-denominational spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, and ministerial services. Founded by Lauren Skye. Locations in Denver, Littleton, and Wheat Ridge. Free monthly aura healing and chakra balancing clinics at all locations. Monthly spiritual services and channeling events at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center. Everyone welcome! Call for more information 303-282-9439 or visit See ad page 23.


LIVE YOUR KNOWING COUNSELING RENEE ELLIS, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575

Are you dealing with challenges in your relationships, career or health, loss of a loved one, or finding and following your life path? Renee specializes in helping women find the clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to gracefully move through life transitions to a more joyful experience.  She weaves traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression.  Individual sessions, programs and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.

100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland 970-679-4200 Home for leaders & people who are committed to the spiritual regeneration of humanity. Our programs & events are meeting the evolving needs of our world and empower personal transformation. Concert venue & conference facilities for leadingedge organizations; opportunities to participate in our 350-acre organic farm and ranch; & connection with like-minded people in this multifaceted spiritual community. See the Calendar for events. See ad page 18.

TRANSFORMATION AWAKEN HIGHER BRAIN LIVING® CENTER-LITTLETON with Kent Johnson / 303-907-3468 2100 W Littleton Blvd, #248, Littleton NEW IN COLORADO: From your first session, you experience an energy surge through the connective tissue of your body, loosening the grip of your fear-based “survival” brain as this energy shifts into your prefrontal cortex. As your stress plunges, you rediscover your inner Joy, Passion and Purpose - YOUR intended purpose! This gentletouch technique is so consistent and predictable that we guarantee it. 1st step: See a LIVE demonstration - email for a video clip and schedule.

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April 2014 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...

April 2014 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...