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

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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

How to save a life: understanding anaphylaxis


Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction experienced by some people with allergies to certain foods (like shellfish and peanuts), insect stings, and latex. Anaphylaxis should be differentiated from a common, non-emergent allergic reaction by the severity and locality of symptoms. A true anaphylactic reaction will involve multiple systems of the body, comes on within five … Continue reading How to save a life: understanding anaphylaxis

Learn REAL WORLD survival skills


Of all the training I've received, none is more relevant and useful than my training as a Wilderness First Responder. Carl Weil of Wilderness Medicine Outfitters is a leading expert in the field of Wilderness Medicine, and has pioneered much of the research and curriculum development that goes into these courses.  I'll be recertifying my … Continue reading Learn REAL WORLD survival skills

How to beat cabin fever


I recently asked some of the local, holistic practitioners in our area to weigh in on the phenomenon of Cabin Fever, Winter Blues, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Aiyanah of Intuitive Evolution in Black Hawk has first-hand experience with SAD: “Cabin Fever is definitely a real phenomenon. I feel it creep in every January after … Continue reading How to beat cabin fever

Homemade no-bake Fiber Bites


Mid winter everything slows down...even digestion. For me, February is the depth of bear season, where I just want to crawl under a pile of blankets and hibernate until the Spring Equinox. But for us humans, we still need to keep our basic physiological functions running with adequate input/output...which can also get a bit sluggish … Continue reading Homemade no-bake Fiber Bites

Breast Cancer? There is ALWAYS hope!


A new diagnosis of cancer is devastating. The first responses range from dispair, grief, anger, and confusion to depression, anxiety and hopelessness. Family members won't always have the right words, or know how to express their feelings beyond, "I'm sorry..." which seems so inadequate at times like these. These feelings are natural and should be … Continue reading Breast Cancer? There is ALWAYS hope!