Archive | April, 2013

Holistic Expo Comes to Portland

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Jason

Coming to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, April 20 and 21, is the Pacific Northwest’s largest holistic event—the Body Mind Spirit Expo. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Expo, which focuses on natural health, personal growth and intuitives, will feature 110 holistic exhibitors, 75 free seminars, and workshops. Special events include sessions on Earth in the Balance, The Secrets in Your Name, Soul Rays, Following Your Dreams, Courage to Bloom and Self Care for the Self Aware.
The weekend entry fee is just $12 and the first 1,000 attendees will receive a $5 gift certificate for New Renaissance Bookshop.
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Networking Event : Health, Wellness, & Green Living

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Jason

Natural Awakenings magazine is hosting another networking event on Monday evening, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come meet, and mingle with, other like minded people who care about health, wellness and green living.
The mixer event is free and everyone is welcome so join in for some networking fun. Light snacks and beverages are provided. Locations rotate throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver area.
April’s event will be held at Oregon School of Massage (OSM), a professional school devoted to massage and related health education with a commitment to holistic education and training to integrate body, mind, heart and spirit. Enjoy a free chair massage from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
OSM is located at 9500 SW Barbur Blvd., Ste. 100, Portland.

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There’s a New School in Portland

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Jason

Summa Academy, opening September 2013, has four simple goals for your child: academic excellence; the social ability to bring greater perspective, understanding, compassion, and problem-solving to the world we live in; the ability to self-reflect in a way that builds confidence; and an enriched— never diminished—ability to find joy and wonder in themselves, the world and people around them.
Many schools share the first two goals. But Summa Academy goes further. Based on its relationship based educational approach and grounded in applicable insights from child development and brain research, Summa students learn how to self reflect, to appreciate that who they are is as important as what they learn. Enriched joy in themselves and the world is the inevitable result.
Sustainable human relationships are a core value that informs every interaction, every program, and every relationship of Summa Academy. For instance, they bridge the gap between home and school. Though the school day is for children 5 to 14, the whole family enrolls at Summa. There is parent curriculum that includes projects for learning together and genuine educational community.
There are many unique features of Summa Academy—11:1 student/teacher ratio, project based as well as classroom learning, interpersonal curriculum and community involvement to name a few. But go see for yourself. Parent Info night is April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit for Open House information and for their informative free series of talks.

Ba Luvmour, renowned developmentalist and teacher, has led countless programs for educators, children, and families since 1985. Author of six books, Luvmour is Director of Summa Academy, as well as being adjunct faculty at Portland State University.

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Living Yoga Announces Fourth Annual Yogathon

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Jason

Living Yoga, a local nonprofit that brings the healing power of yoga to youth and adults in prisons and alcohol and drug treatment centers, is hosting their Fourth Annual Yogathon.
The Yogathon is a six-week fundraising event lasting from April 13 through June 1 in which individuals and teams commit to their own personal yoga challenge while raising funds and awareness for Living Yoga’s classes. Prizes will be awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers.
There will be a kick-off event April 13 at Yoga Pearl (925 NW Davis Street in Portland) from 2 to 4:30 p.m. that will feature free classes and food along with opportunities to learn more and sign up to participate in the Yogathon.
Funds raised from this event will support Living Yoga in training volunteer teachers to bring yoga into prisons and alcohol drug treatment centers. Students are taught life skills including mindfulness, impulse control, and wellness practices that support them in making more life-affirming choices—helping to break the cycles of addiction and incarceration in our community.
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Emotional Spring Cleaning by Tina Gilbertson

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Jason

Clutter doesn’t disintegrate if you leave it long enough. It just gets smellier. Everyone knows that physical things don’t disappear by themselves over time, leaving a clean, airy, useful space behind them. You’ve got to clear them out. You must make contact with your clutter in order to clean house.
The same goes for emotions; they don’t go away just because you’ve been ignoring them. They need to be sorted through and discarded.
It’s been said that everything you own is tied to you by invisible strands of energy. When you let go of your belongings, your energy is returned to you. Stuck or suppressed feelings also drain energy, because suppressing emotions takes effort. If Nature had its way, feelings would just bubble up and out of you. It’s hard to hold back Nature. Think about trying to hold your breath. It takes tremendous effort, it’s painful, and you end up breathing again anyway.
Emotions that are stuffed always find ways to make their presence known. They come out in harsh words, impatience, anxiety and depression. To let them go, you need to understand the similarities between physical and emotional clutter.
1. Clutter didn’t begin as clutter. Everything in your closet is there for a reason. You made an impulse buy. You got a gift from a family member or friend, and felt too guilty to get rid of it. Every item has a story about how it got there, even if you don’t remember it. You don’t go into your closet and say, “This vest has no right to be here!” The vest is there because it followed a logical path to your closet.
The same is true for cluttered feelings. That resentment has a cause. That nameless longing began with a loss of some kind. You weren’t born angry. Each emotion has its own story about how it ended up in your heart, even if you don’t recall the details. Trust that it has a right to be there. It does.
2. Some items are hard to let go of, even if you have no use for them. To let go of a material object, you have to acknowledge that the period in your life, or the relationship, represented by that item is gone. You might have to tolerate some grief.
Letting go of stuck emotions also requires withstanding some pain. As long as they were cluttering up your heart, despair, resentment, etc. could just be there in the background. But now that it’s time to let them go, the only way out is through—as in, through you. That means you have to experience those feelings fully before they can let you go. This is why clearing clutter, both physical and emotional, can be a deeply moving process.
3. Decisions have been put off for a reason. It’s easier to think about dealing with clutter tomorrow. The most common reason for procrastination is to avoid emotional pain. But avoiding pain keeps clutter, physical or emotional, stuck to you like a second skin.
Stagnant emotions weigh you down and sap your energy. If you want to be free, sort through sticky “negative” feelings with curiosity, not self-judgment. Ask yourself, ‘What do I know that I’d rather not know?’ Here are some questions for you to consider.
Anger – What injustices have you suffered? What happened that shouldn’t have happened in your life? What didn’t happen that should have?
Resentment – How have you been taken advantage of, or taken for granted?
Sadness – How much sadness do you carry that belongs to your mother, father or grandparents?
Regret – What opportunities were missed? Which relationships ended too soon?
Grief – What have you lost that you’ll never get back?
Hurt – Who hurt you so badly you’re still angry about it? How did it affect your ability to trust?
Longing – What part of yourself has been neglected? What need remains unfulfilled?
Asking yourself questions like these, and taking your answers seriously, helps to clear emotional clutter. You might want to do this with a supportive friend or a therapist. Unless you can be there for yourself, there should be someone in the room who will treat your “stuff” with respect as it moves through you on its way out the door.

Tina Gilbertson is a Portland-based counselor, workshop leader and author of the forthcoming book, “Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them” (Viva Editions, 2014). You can reach her at or visit

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Local Beats A monthly collection of musical highlights in our fair city April 2013

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Jason

Little known fact: April begins on the same day of the week as July every year (and January in a leap year) and ends on the same day of the week as December every year. Who knew? April is also the month to bring May flowers but more importantly, April showers us with awesome music.

Bust out your jelly bracelets and neon stretch pants because 80’s pop whizzes OMD are coming to town! Their recent live shows have been known to entertain with both new material and classic faves set against a flashy backdrop. Doing Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on the bouncy floor at the Crystal Ballroom is an experience not to be missed. Electro-pop experts Diamond Rings open.

Sun., April 7, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., Portland, 8:30pm

Distinctive-voiced singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Phosphorescent brings his ragged and lonesome country-meets-soulful, gospel-folk to Portland in support of his latest album, Muchacho. Q calls the record: “A mouthwatering harvest of Gene Clark and Neil Young’s fantasy offspring” while Uncut says: “A bold record, steeped in the golden, rich sounds of classic rock and country.” Heartfelt folkies from Philly Strand of Oaks open.

Mon., April 8, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., Portland, 9pm

Ben Ottewell
You may know Ben Ottewell as one of the three talented vocalists in the English indie rock band Gomez. Ben recently hooked up with his childhood friend Sam Genders to create his first solo album, Shapes and Shadows, which he is touring in support of. Rolling Stone magazine has called Ottewell a “not-so-secret weapon” and described his deep, raspy voice as “more like an otherworldly bluesman than a baby-faced Brit” so this new solo project is surely a must see and hear.

Tues., April 23, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., Portland, 8pm

Drumlandia is a special fundraiser concert for the programs of MetroArts Inc. MetroArts Inc is a non-profit “educational organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning for everyone through the arts.” Performers at this event include: Niel DePonte, principal percussionist of the Oregon Symphony and 2003 Grammy nominee (performing with members of the Oregon Symphony and Ballet Orchestras) and special guests Susan Smith on piano and vocalists Susannah Mars and Rebecca Fromherz. $50 ticket includes reserved seating and champagne reception with the artists. General admission tickets are $30.

Sun., April. 28, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, 3pm (doors 1:30 & 2pm)

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Celestial Living Arts Monthly Forecast April 2013 © Liz Howell

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Jason

Projects that were seeded somewhere in the recesses of your conscious mind during the last two months have come to light and are now ready for delivery in your everyday working world. Any difficulty in gaining traction should not be taken as a sign of failure but as a positive encouragement to reconfigure and connect as needed until the magical sweet spot is found. Practical and economical application coupled with quick wits should keep things moving energetically in the right direction.

Mantras and musings for the action in April:
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19): Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. ~ Goethe
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): What is not brought to consciousness, comes to us as fate. ~ C. G. Jung
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): How to be in your life is meditation practice; how to understand your life is scholarship. ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us all we need to know. ~ Pema Chödrön
Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness. ~ El Morya
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. ~ Alexandra Trenfor
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ~ Deepak Chopra
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~ Anatole France
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): If you open your heart, love opens your mind. ~ Charles John Quarto
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20): I close my eyes in order to see. ~ Paul Gauguin

Liz Howell is available for personal astrological consultations and can be reached at

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Going Electric Tech Advances May Drive Eco-Transportation Mainstream by Brita Belli

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Jason

With the opening of three new Supercharger stations for its luxury Model S on the East Coast last January, electric carmaker Tesla now operates a total of nine stations serving its electric sedan owners between San Francisco and Los Angeles and between Boston and Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, Nissan announced plans to add 500 public stations for electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging, which provide 80 percent of a charge in less than 30 minutes, tripling the number of such stations by mid-2014, including the first ones in our nation’s capital. It also aims to increase the presence of charging stations at workplaces.

These steps in the growth in infrastructure are easing Americans’ transition from gas-powered to electric and hybrid cars. Already, more than 7,000 public charging stations dot the country, from Custer, Washington, to Key West, Florida (plan a route at Meanwhile, most EV owners simply charge up at home.

Driving Excitement

Excitement has risen in recent years as electric car manufacturers have rolled out more affordable, family-friendly versions like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV. Honda is testing its Fit EV in 2013; with only 1,100 available to lease, opportunities to try out the fun, sporty car are at a premium. These models offer considerable fuel efficiency, easy charging and even apps to check their charge, yet eco-vehicles continue to represent a fraction of overall car sales.

In a 2012 report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted that fewer than 10,000 EVs were sold in 2011. While sales of all-electric vehicles improved slightly in the first half of 2012, dealers saw nowhere near the major jump produced by plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius.

Obstacles to a stronger EV sales upswing include purchase price, charging time and driver anxiety about range. “The battery is a big reason the cars are expensive,” says Jim Motavalli, author of High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry. “More public charging is coming,” he adds, “but it doesn’t matter as much as a cheaper upfront cost and longer range—200 miles plus—instead of the standard 100 now.”

Mass Transit

Almost any form of public transportation can run on alternative power—electricity or natural gas, propane, biodiesel or hydrogen. “The big hurdle,” says Motavalli, “is having enough stations to rival the 160,000 conveniently located gas stations we already have.”

Biodiesel buses have been in use for several years at locations like Colorado’s Aspen resorts and Harvard University. Musicians Willie Nelson and Jack Johnson each rely on a biodiesel tour bus. Many school buses—including those in Charleston, West Virginia; Medford, New Jersey; and San Diego, California—have been converted to biodiesel, significantly reducing the toxic emissions and particulate matter children breathe in at bus stops. Some school systems in Michigan and New York use hybrid-electric buses.

Vehicle fleets are also joining the greening trend. Kansas City, Missouri-based Smith Electric Vehicles already produces all-electric, zero-emission trucks for Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Staples and the U.S. Marines.

The need for regular recharging, a former obstacle for deploying electric buses for public transportation, has been cleared by Utah State University’s (USU) Aggie Bus. The groundbreaking, all-electric bus has a plate that draws off electricity across an air gap when it pauses over another plate installed at a bus stop. In mid-2013, WAVE, Inc., the university’s offshoot company behind the project, will launch a commercial on-campus demonstration in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority, via a 40-foot-long transit bus and 50 kilowatts of wireless power transfer.

Such wireless technology could also revolutionize electric-car recharging. “EV owners and operators will now be able to simply drive over a pad in the ground to recharge their batteries, the benefits of which reach far beyond convenience,” says Robert T. Behunin, Ph.D., USU vice president of commercialization and regional development.

Regarding greening travel by train, Europe is leagues ahead of America; half its trains are now electric. A new regenerative braking system being developed by Deutsche Bahn and Tognum could turn all trains into hybrids. Its innovative drive system converts the kinetic energy produced during braking into usable electrical energy, reducing emissions and saving up to 25 percent in fuel consumption. The first such converted hybrid train testing the technology began carrying passengers in Germany in January 2013.

The International Energy Agency’s 2012 EV City Casebook, reports that “Electric vehicles represent one of the most promising technology pathways for cutting oil use and CO2 on a per-kilometer basis. The experiences of urban drivers and the pioneering policies of local governments can help accelerate the transition to clean and sustainable mobility.”
Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine. Connect at

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Picture Perfect From athletes to astronauts, mental imagery boosts performance. by Debra Melani

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Jason

Last winter, Terry Chiplin went for an early morning run near his Colorado home. Snow crunched as his sneakered feet hit the front porch of his mountain lodge, tucked into a secluded forest. Evergreen boughs glistened in the sun, drooping slightly from the weight of the sparkling white powder. The running coach smiled as he lifted his face to the sky, welcoming the large, wet flakes that kissed his face.

“Can you picture it?” asks the bubbly British native and owner of Active at Altitude, in Estes Park. That is visualization, he explains, a concept he uses regularly at retreats he conducts for runners from beginner to elite as a holistic means of boosting performance. “It’s simply a succession of mental images; we use visualization all the time.”

Whether it’s Tiger Woods envisioning a perfect golf swing minutes before taking a shot or Michael Phelps replaying a mental video of an ideal swim the night before an Olympic event, many athletes have long worked with trainers such as Chiplin to move beyond strictly physical preparation and consciously enlist creative mental capacities to enhance their performance. Using imagery and positive self-talk can improve the efforts of any type of athlete and, as Chiplin’s clients have found, improve their lives.

“The notion that we are just a physical body, so we just need to train physically, is old-fashioned,” Chiplin maintains. Shortly after launching his program six years ago, he learned firsthand how powerful the mind could be in boosting (or sabotaging) performance.

He remarks, “It quickly became apparent that the main issues people face are the mental things, what is happening in their heads.” Chiplin recalls watching runners fall from the peak capabilities they had reached after training hard for endurance events as their mileage tapered off in the final days before the race. Similarly, he thinks the sort of “negative visualization” he witnessed can have a similar impact on everyday life events, such as exams, interviews and job achievement.

Although unclear about its exact mechanism, sports psychologists have long recognized the value of positive mental imagery, especially in building skills and reducing anxiety. In working with athletes, they apply shared models such as those reported in The Sport Psychologist.

Both professional and amateur runners have benefited from Chiplin’s camps, including graduate Ginny Landes, 62, who says visualization techniques have changed her running outlook and her life.

“My goal is not high achievement or personal records; it’s to always finish my run feeling good,” says Landes, of Lafayette, Colorado. As part of the visualizing process, she says she also clears her mind of negative thoughts, stops comparing her performance to others and accepts factors that are out of her control, whether it’s bad race weather or competitive colleagues.

Practicing helpful visualization techniques consistently in daily life can lead to better returns across the board, not just in athletics, according to Terry Orlick, a performance consultant from Ottawa, Ontario, and author of many self-improvement books, including Embracing Your Potential and In Pursuit of Excellence.

Orlick has worked with people from many walks of life that use imagery in their quest for improvement, including surgeons, musicians, pilots, dancers, astronauts and CEOs. When working with Canadian Olympic teams, Orlick found that 99 percent of the athletes practiced visualization an average of 12 minutes per day, four times a week.

Studies have linked imagery and improved performance in a variety of sports. For instance, researchers found golfers that used visualization and positive self-talk improved their putting performance (Journal of Sports Science & Medicine). Another study showed an increase in confidence among novice female rock climbers, leading to better performance (Journal of Sport Behavior).

For Landes, her personal experience is all the proof she needs. After years of rarely being able to run the entire course of a major annual race in Aspen—generally walking the last stretch—Landes tried visualizing herself having a strong finish as she trained and prepared for the event. For weeks, she replayed the last three miles many times in her mind. Then she did it, paring 12 minutes off her previous year’s time. “It felt great,” Landes says, “and it worked.”

Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at or

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Eating Ecology Daily Decisions Make a Difference by Judith Fertig

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Jason

Consuming food has such an enormous ripple effect that making small changes, one meal at a time, can reap big benefits. How we choose, prepare, cook, serve and preserve our food can improve nutrition, weight loss, cost savings and the environment.

Decide What to Eat

Choosing what we eat is critical. New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman believes that no food is absolutely off limits because, “It’s all in the way we use these things.” Yet, he adds, “The evidence is clear. Plants promote health.”

For the past few years, Bittman has experimented with eating vegan for breakfast and lunch, and then indulging at dinner. “It’s just one model of a new way of eating,” he says, “but it makes sense on many levels. By eating more plants, fewer animals and less processed food, I’ve lost 30 pounds and my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are normal again.”

When a friend sent him a 21st-century United Nations study on how intensive livestock production causes more greenhouse gas emissions than driving a car, Bittman realized how a change of diet is a win-win for him and the environment.

For a wake-up call on how our food choices affect the planet, the Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a short quiz at

Identify Good Sources

“One of the most ecologically conscious things you can do to make a great meal is prepare it with food that you grew yourself,” says New York-based lifestyle writer Jen Laskey, who blogs at “Plant a small vegetable garden and a few fruit trees in your yard or join a local community garden. Even sprouting an herb garden on a windowsill will make a difference; plus, everyone in your household will appreciate the choice in fresh seasonings.”

Kansas City Star journalist Cindy Hoedel suggests planting parsley, basil, dill and other herbs every three to six weeks in eggshells in a sunny window after the outdoor growing season for a year-round tasty harvest.

When shopping, renowned activist, author and eco-stylist Danny Seo, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, suggests bringing along reusable shopping bags and choosing local foods when possible, plus sustainable seafood and free trade, organic and hormone-free foods. The Socially Responsible Agricultural Project offers more eco-shopping tips, such as carpooling grocery trips and avoiding products with more than five ingredients, at

Prepare and Serve Righteously

“On average, each person throws about $600 worth of food into the trash every year because of spoilage,” says Seo. Instead of rinsing food before storing, which causes more spoilage, he recommends cleaning it right before meal preparation.

Buying what’s in season (and thus less expensive) makes sense, advises Hoedel. “When you find fresh produce on sale, buy it in large quantities and boil it (one to five minutes, depending on how long the regular cooking time is), and then freeze it in glass containers. This saves money and plastic packaging waste.” Hoedel also likes to store lemon wedges, chopped onions and other leftovers in small glass jars instead of plastic bags.

Seo suggests using real dinnerware, glasses and utensils instead of disposable products. For a touch of elegance, take the advice of travel expert Kathy Denis, of Leawood, Kansas. “Adopt the traditional French practice of using—and reusing—a cloth napkin all week, or until it is too soiled to use,” she recommends. “Family members like to have a personal napkin ring. Each napkin gets shaken out and then rolled up in the ring for use at another meal.”

“Saving leftovers in the freezer helps keep it full (which helps it run more efficiently) and ensures future meals that require minimal energy to prepare,” advises Seo. Food can also be canned or pickled.

Seattle cookbook author Kim O’Donnel, who founded Canning Across America and is known for her meatless recipes, says, “My only regret about canning is that I waited so long. Learning how to extend the season of my favorite fruits and vegetables in a jar is one of the most gratifying and useful skills I’ve acquired as an adult.”

Hoedel shares zero-waste tips via Twitter, including making and freezing lots of end-of-season pasta sauce with tomatoes, peppers and basil.

As green eating habits add up, Bittman says he enjoys… “a bit of self-satisfaction knowing that, by an infinitesimal amount, I’m reducing the pace of global warming. And I’m saving money by buying more ‘real’ food and less meat and packaged junk.”

Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at

Double recipes to maximize your time and the fuel used to cook, bake or grill. Then, think like a restaurant chef and use what you have in creative ways.
~ Kim O’Donnel, author, The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations: Year-Round Vegetarian Feasts

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