You’re invited to our 3rd Annual Holistic Health Fair!


GET YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW!  This is a truly amazing event that gets bigger and better every year. Come and enjoy a day full of healing with reiki, massage therapy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, sound healing, healing touch, naturopathy, homeopathy, herbs and more! Live performances and demonstrations! Local vendors for holiday shopping! Hands on health … Continue reading You’re invited to our 3rd Annual Holistic Health Fair!

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Aging in Place, practical advice for enjoying our twilight years at home


I work closely with the elders in our community, primarily helping our elders to live at home safely for as long as possible. Amazingly, many of the elders in Gilpin County (with the fastest aging population in the state of Colorado) live alone - the solitary, mountain lifestyle that includes chopping wood for heat, and … Continue reading Aging in Place, practical advice for enjoying our twilight years at home

Hard Core Self Care: Just Do It!


Stress takes a toll on our bodies: Stress can lead to insomnia, or sleep deficiency. According to the National Institute of Health, "Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. For example, one study of … Continue reading Hard Core Self Care: Just Do It!

Labor Day Weekend Farmer’s Market at the Homestead!


Come out to the Homestead TOMORROW for our annual Labor Day Weekend Farmer's Market - we'll have tents selling produce, honey, fiber arts and handmade jewelry - all local, all sustainable and all wonderful! Show your support for good things happening in your community by shopping at the Homestead Market TOMORROW, Saturday September 1st from … Continue reading Labor Day Weekend Farmer’s Market at the Homestead!

Sauna Therapy for Winter Health


Full-spectrum infra-red sauna in Gilpin County: You’ve gotta try it to believe it Jan Peterson has had her state-of- the-art full-spectrum infra-red sauna at Alternative Sun (right above mid-county liquors) for two-and- a-half years. I reported on this delightfully unique amenity in Gilpin county two years ago and did plenty of research. The only problem was, I … Continue reading Sauna Therapy for Winter Health

How to start a CSA from scratch


On the road to opening our co-operative market and wellness center, we've decided to launch a CSA! What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture ...we could also call it Community Supported Health & Wellness, or Community Supported Community...because CSA's really are all of that and then some! CSAs bring communities together around healthy eating and … Continue reading How to start a CSA from scratch

Taking back our health care


On March 1st, 2017, our small-town doc lost his Medicaid contract. He was given a few days notice (over a weekend), and his patients are still reeling from having the rug pulled out from under them. I should know, because he's my doctor, too. (Read the story here.) The Columbine Family Health Clinic was given … Continue reading Taking back our health care

True Story: Why I became a Wilderness First Responder


In 2010 I was living in a monastery, in a very remote location in Colorado. Born and raised a city girl I was full of my city hubris and totally ignorant about what it takes to be smart and safe in the Colorado Rockies. One late winter night, I started feeling sick during evening prayers. … Continue reading True Story: Why I became a Wilderness First Responder

Stranded? 10 expert tips to keep you safe


How often do you travel more than 20 miles by car? Are you taking your family to a relative's house for dinner? Going to a concert in the city? Spending the weekend in your mountain getaway? Wherever your destination, "preparedness prevents the necessity of requiring rescue" - as my mentor and Wilderness First Responder Instructor … Continue reading Stranded? 10 expert tips to keep you safe