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Publisher's Message ~ May 2013 Issue
 Our deepest intention is to awaken, enlighten, and empower you with soulfully inspiring information, articles and events to positively impact the richness and fullness of your life. We hope you enjoy the latest eMagazine. This month we have new articles and many new events to offer you such as:.

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Have you ever dreamed of going to Ireland? We are so excited to announce that we have arranged a 14 day Celtic Holiday tour to Ireland in September 2013, hosted by Irish born Maria Carr. This is a fun filled holiday perfect for everyone. We are also offering the 2nd annual Sacred Angel tour to Ireland in March 2014 with Maria Carr and Cindy Smith. During this tour Cindy will teach the Angel Empowerment Practitioner course.  Book early as these tours are limited. These tours are arranged through K. Banks Travel in Penticton.  Take our Mystical OK In Health’s Private Escorted Tour and discover fabled Ireland on this magnificent Ireland vacation into the heart of the country. Tour Ireland from the staggeringly spectacular mountain passes of wild Wicklow to the valleys and glens of Kerry.  This private tour package delves deep into the heart of mystical Ireland.  Find the Ireland that you hoped still existed and the real Ireland of to-day.  Contact Maria for more details.
It will be a trip of a lifetime.

This month, our e-Magazine is full of new community workshops and events - new articles, wellness directory, new recipes, new soular rhythms and news from our members. Please take a moment to scroll down thru our e-Magazine and click on the links to the items that interest you the most.
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From Our Hearts to Yours,

Yours In Health,

The OK In Health Team
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Shannon BlissRecipe Host Manager - Shannon Bliss, manages the recipe Section. CNP, ROHP is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified Live Cell Microscopist, Weight Loss and Healthy Eating Specialist. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our members?
Click on the add a recipe link on our recipe page.

Dandelion and Tomato Salad

Pity the American dandelion. In countries across the world the dandelion is considered a delicious vegetable and is consumed with affection–and dandelion has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. In America, it is most often cursed as an irksome weed and is pulled, poisoned and otherwise generally maligned. Dandelion gets its name from the French "dents de lion", or lion's teeth, which describes the jagged edges on the leaves. The "lion" part might be there due to the fact that the fluffy yellow flowers of the plant resemble a lion's furry mane. Dandelion greens are loaded with beta carotene, the carotenoid phytonutrient that is a precursor to vitamin A. Dandelions help to support digestion. Known to reduce swelling and inflammation. Traditionally used as an anti-viral, treatment for gout, eczema, jaundice, and edema. Function as both mild laxative and gentle diuretic properties to purify the blood and cleanse the system. Dandelion greens have a reputation for bitterness, but they are nicely so, and the bitterness is balanced by a lovely spiciness similar to arugula. Mature greens can get pretty bitter, but this can be tamed by blanching them. The time to harvest dandelion greens is early in the spring, when they are their youngest and before they flower. They can be harvested again in late fall as they loose some of their bitterness after a frost. Look for young dandelions growing in rich, moist soil, making sure not to forage close to roads. They taste fresh and easy to add to any salad! This recipes is so simple to make.

Kale Potato Soup

This soup could be made using curly leafed kale, other times black kale. The potatoes vary, too, depending on what you have in the pantry. Savory and comforting, this soup is an excellent reminder to appreciate the gifts of winter, even when you're on the cusp of spring. Health Benefits of Eating Kale are many. Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility Lastly, Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy. Chop Kale finely into your next salad, steam or use in soups.

Gluten Free Carrot Coconut Muffins

Cuisine Soleil all-purpose mix flour is the perfect substitute to wheat flour for making cakes, muffins, bread, crackers, crepes or any other delicious recipes. It contains natural and quality certified organic ingredients such as rice flour, tapioca starch, chickpeas, rice bran extract and guar gum. This recipe is gluten free

Wellness Directory
Feng Shui & Design ~ Teresa Hwang - 250-549-1356
A Mindful Connection Counselling Services with Carole Fawcett - 250-550-0316
Acupuncture & Laser Therapy with Marcel Mallette - (250) 260-3892
Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine & Laser Therapy - 250-328-3811
Allie Arnst ~ Meridian Sound Therapy - 250-499-9895 or 499 2075
Arlana Tanner ~ Permission2bu - 250 300 9933
Awareness Life Products at Shirley's Studio - 250 492 5506
Bahiti Belly Dance - 250-809-4530
Being Wellness and Healing ~ Dylan Smeaton - 250-460-1693
Bellwether Coaching/Evergreen - 250-215-7757
Carla Van Voorst ~ Holographic Healing and BodyTalk - 250-763-7264
Celtic Healing with Maria Carr, AEP - 250 493 0106
Certified Cancer Coach ~ Kane Consulting - 250-469-4623
Challenge in 8 with YJ Reshape ~ Youth Juice - 778-471-3912
Cloud 9 Coaching with Wendy Binggeli - 250-490-6055
CranioSacral Therapy & Rhythmic Reflexology with Judy Lamb-Richardson - 250-359-7052
Crystals Spirit Adventures - 250-681-1354
Dare To Dream Store & Wellness Centre - 250-712-9295
Daydream Esthetics Studio - 250-490-1233
Dr Ursula ~ Okanagan Thermography+ Cancer Support - 250-864-5260
Dr. Alex Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Jese Wiens ~ Naturopathic Doctor in Penticton & Summerland - 778-476-6016 or 250-494-3321
Dr. Natalie Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Tamara Browne - The Natural Family Health Clinic and Chelation Centre - 250-497-6681
Endless Possibilities - 250-497-8696
Feldenkrais Practitioner - Lynn Andersen - Self Sense - 250-498-4855
Gillian Padgett ~ Okanagan Stress Management Inc. - 250-542-7602
Happily Holistic Natural Health and Wellness - 250-491-7559
Health is Bliss - 250-801-2798
Herbal Wraps at Shirley's Studio - 2504925506
Ilona Peet, DCH ~ The Homeopathic Practice - 250 826 2058
Indigo Dreamer ~ Kerry Palframan - 250-494-8955
Kveta's Natural Healing Centre - 250-866-5677
Life Access with Daria Hanson - 250-575-3951
Milagro Studios - Okanagan - 778-478-0128
MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes - 250-868-8060
Norma Cowie Enterprises ~ Psychic Readings - 250 490 0654
Okanagan Herbalife - 7784841939
Om Shiatsu ~ Carly Wrighton - 250-870-8183
Penticton's Whole Foods Market - Health Store & Cafe - 250-493-2855
Psychic and Spirit Medium - 250 547 2262
Sheila Stephenson – Penticton Health Practitioner - 250-493-3768
Survivorship Dragon Boat Team - 250-490-4045
Wind In The Willow - 250-276-5308
Your ProActive Health Now - 250.488.1656
Questions & Answers
Cindy AtkinsonYou Ask – We Answer! . . . your road map to health & wellness.
HAVE A QUESTION? LET US HELP! - We are here to help you with any of your health-related questions – nothing’s too big or too small! Our professional expert panel will do our best to provide you with information, suggestions, and resources.
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QUESTION: What's the difference between sell by dates, eat by dates, etc.? Is there even a difference, or is this always the expiration date?

ANSWER: Dear Reader,

With all these vague, different, and vaguely different terms out there like the ones you listed, it's no wonder that this "dating game" can be so confusing. Here's a quick guide to navigating the alphabet (and number) soup you may find stamped all over your food:

Use or lose: The "use-by," "best if used by (or before)," and "quality assurance" dates tell you the last date that the product will be at its best flavor and highest quality. This doesn't mean the food is unsafe to eat after that date, but it may taste better on or before the given date.

Expired and retired: The term "expired by" or "expiration date" is the latest date that the food should be eaten or used. Except, that is, for federally graded eggs (the kinds you see stamped with A, AA, etc.). If these eggs are purchased before the expiration date, you can use them for the next three to five weeks starting from the time you bought them.

No use in crying over pulled milk: "Sell-by" or "pull" is printed on packages to tell the retailer when the last day to sell the product should be. This date factors in the time that the food will be stored and used at home. You should buy things before this date, but you don't have to finish them before this date. This is a common case with milk, which can be used for as many as seven days after its sell-by date.

Pack it up: "Packed on" or "package date" indicates when the food was processed or packaged. Although this isn't an indicator of the safety or quality of the food, it can tell you which foods are fresher than others. This is often seen on meat products.

Speaking in code: In case of a recall, the producers and manufacturers use the "coded date" to trace foods across state lines. It's usually a series of letters and/or numbers and has no bearing on the freshness, quality, or safety of the food.

Besides buying and using foods by the appropriate dates, it's also important to follow proper storage and handling guidelines to ensure that food will not spoil and make you sick. For instance, raw meat should be cooked and consumed within two days after purchase or be frozen if you're thinking about keeping it longer than that. Ground meat should not be frozen for longer than three months because it can spoil more quickly due to the extra surface area for bacteria to grow on. Even foods that have been cooked can cause illness if they're kept out or stored improperly.

Supreme Events
Rhythmic Movement Technique Level 1
May 3 - 4, 2013
Qi Gong Teacher Training with Lee Holden
May 4, 2013
Sacred Goddess Tour to Greece and Turkey & Mediterranean cruise
May 4, 2013
BC Yoga Conference 2013
May 4 - 5, 2013
Rhythmic Movement Technique Level 2
May 5, 2013
Intro to Compassionate Communication (NVC) workshop
May 5, 2013
Love that Lasts – Free Teleseminars with Eric Bowers
May 7 - 15, 2013
The Trivedi Effect - Mahendra Trivedi in Kelowna & Vernon
May 11 - 12, 2013
Reiki Level 2 Certificate Course
May 11, 2013
Fibromyagia: A natural approach. Yes, life can be worth living again!
May 14, 2013
Meadowlark Festival 2013
May 16 - 20, 2013
OK In Health presents - Certified Indian Head Massage - Weekend Intensive
May 24 - 26, 2013
Touch for Health Level 4
May 25 - 26, 2013
Walking on Your Intuitive Side - Level 1A with Emily Matweow in Kelowna
May 25, 2013
Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band with Hypnosis
May 31, 2013
Indian Head Massage Course in Victoria
June 14 - 15, 2013
Rejuvenating Face Massage Course in Victoria
June 16 - 17, 2013
“Where You Begin” Better Intention. Better Result - Feldenkrais with Lynn Andersen
June 22, 2013
Registered Reflexology Therapist Certificate Course
June 23, 2013
Postgraduate Diploma in Cranio Sacral Reflexology (CSR) - Western Canada
June 24, 2013
Ride Your Horse in Balance Clinic with Ann Turner
June 30, 2013
The Nia White Belt Training with Martha Randall - 7 day Course
August 3, 2013
Mount Shasta, California Event
September 5, 2013
Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band with Hypnosis
September 20, 2013
Kelowna Wellness Fair
October 12 - 13, 2013
Free Intro Night ~ Spiritual & Financial Freedom with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith
October 18, 2013
Spiritual & Financial Freedom Workshop with Jaden Sterling & Cindy Smith
October 19 - 20, 2013
Sound Healing Practitioner Training
November 15, 2013
Celtic Angel Gathering '2014' Sacred Tour to Ireland with Maria Carr & Cindy Smith
March 11, 2014
Basic and Diploma Counselling Hypnotherapy Program
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
Children's After School - Art and Yoga Classes
Adult & Children Pottery Classes
Caroline Sutherland's - Free Monday Night Teleconference
Free Audio Affirmations with Debbie Ford
Goddess Wisdom Intensive- Awaken your Inner Goddess, 7 Week Program
Hypnotherapy Correspondence Course
Certified Holistic Health & SHIATSU Practitioner Diploma Program
Herbology I ~ by Dr. Terry Willard
Mayan Prophecies For Changing Times ~ with Dr Terry Willard
Distance Learning through Windsong School of Healing
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
Book Club
Lyndsay BlaisThe OK In Health's Book Club is managed by Lyndsay Blais, a passionate speaker, author and success coach.
Join in Lyndsay's weekly discussion on the book of the month. As an avid reader, Lyndsay looks forward to facilitating interesting conversations with you through the OK in Health Book Club! Would you like to join our New OK In Health's Book Club? Open to all OK In Health members.

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The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Book Review By Sue Chambers, Williams Lake, BC

The book The Power of Intention is a book that explores intention. Not as something you do, but as an energy you are a part of. A field of energy you can access to begin co-creating your life!

Dyer says that generally, intention is viewed as a strong kind of determination, moving one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. An attitude that combines hard work with a drive toward excellence that will bring success.

Dr. Dyer has researched intention in a different way, as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. Saying that we are all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention this way!

Part I, The Essentials of Intention, deals with the principles of intention, offering true stories and showing us examples on how to make the connection. In this part Dr. Dyer offers his readers 6 chapters. Viewing Intention from a New Perspective -- The Seven Faces of Intention -- Connecting to Intention -- Obstacles to Connecting to Intention -- Your Impact on Others When Connected to Intention -- Intention and Infinity.

In Part II, Putting Intention to Work, Dr. Dyer offers an intention Guide with specific ways to apply the co-creating principles in daily life. This part has 8 chapters. 'It Is My Intention to:' Respect Myself at All Times -- Live My Life On Purpose -- Be Authentic and Peaceful with All of My Relatives -- Feel Successful and Attract Abundance into My Life -- Live a Stress-Free, Tranquil Life -- Attract Ideal People and Divine Relationships -- Optimize My Capacity to Heal and Be Healed -- Appreciate and Express the Genius That I Am.

Part III is a vivid description of Dr. Dyer's vision of an individual connected at all times to the universal mind of intention. One chapter. A Portrait of a Person Connected to the Field of Intention.

Dr. Dyer identifies the attributes of the all-creating universal mind of intention as creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, endlessly abundant, and receptive. Explaining the importance of emulating this source of creativity. He says The Power of Intention has been intended into the material world by applying all of the principles he has written about. A form of evidence that anything we can conceive of in our minds - while staying in harmony with the universal all-creating Source - can, and must come to pass.

It is a very interesting and powerful read!

Event Review
Event Review
OK in Health Members Review Panel offer their thoughts about a range of events from specialty movies to concerts, workshops, keynote speakers, health fairs, festivals and community events.
We sponsor community events that have value for our members.

‘The Gathering 2013’

Throughout 2013, Ireland is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends, families and groups from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities. The Gathering Ireland 2013 provides the perfect excuse to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home. It's also the perfect opportunity for first-time visitors to experience Irish culture and hospitality at The Gathering 2013 festivals and events.
150 Organic and Natural Gardening Tips ~ Part Five ~ 100 to 125 by OK In Health's Gardening Articles
Let's start we the next 25 Tips, Hints, Tricks and Facts for Natural Gardening. May is all about planting - At a loss for a color to put in your landscape? Try white. It goes with everything and catches the eye nicely - Use newspapers as weed barriers when creating a new bed. They are printed with soy ink and decompose nicely, and are simple to lay out again when decomposed. Don’t use slick colored advertisements or colored pages - Plant a new pot with lettuce, spinach, or other greens every week to keep salads going all season. The pot makes an excellent, lush green centerpiece for summer dinners on the deck or patio. Read more tips....
Am I My Mother… or My Father? by Maggie Reigh
Have you ever felt like one of your parents has cosmically transmitted themselves from thousands of miles away or perhaps from another dimension, in through the top of your head and out the end of your finger? Ever thought, “Oh my God, I have become my mother/father!”
Aromatherapy for Little Ones by Alexis Costello
Better sleep, less tantrums, cheering up and calming down with essential oils. Infancy and toddler-hood seem to be a never-ending parade of emotional and mental stresses, both for little ones trying to make sense of a new and confusing environment and for parents trying to behave calmly and rationally on far too little sleep and frayed nerves. Aromatherapy is an ideal way of working with these stresses since it can be...
Ask Ann – “Don’t Rain on my Parade” by Ann Turner
Ask Ann – “Don’t Rain on my Parade” - This article is not so much a question but a situation that I have seen many times in my life and it saddens me so I thought I would write about it. This is the scenario: someone gets a horse, maybe it’s their first horse or not, and suddenly there are a host of people with all kinds of ideas and advice filling your head with doubt.
Be Creative - Write! by Caroline Sutherland
I am approaching my 65th year and I have boundless energy and no intention of retiring. Writing is something that I can do for the rest of my life just like water color painting which I adore to do when I have time...
Declawing in Cats by Dr. Moira Drosdovech
If your cat has decided that no one will be giving them any more pedicures and that no one will dictate what they can scratch or cannot scratch, then, Houston, you have a problem. Declawing can solve this problem, but let’s take a look at how it is done....
Fairtrade Fruit by Flavia Aarden-Kilger
With your purchase of fair trade certified products you are helping farmers in developing countries to a more humane life. A life where families can put their children in school instead of working the fields to make ends meet. Fair trade: You can't afford not to!
Glossary of Chemicals & Synthetics to Avoid In Personal Care Products - Part Five by Klaus Ferlow
Part Five - A list of the most harmful chemicals to your health are listed here from the over 100,000 toxic chemicals to be found in cosmetics and personal care products
Healthy Benefits of Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour by Cuisine Soleil
Our all-purpose mix flour is THE perfect substitute to wheat flour for making cakes, muffins, bread, crackers, crepes or any other delicious recipes. It contains natural and quality certified organic ingredients such as rice flour, tapioca starch, chickpeas, rice bran extract and guar gum...
Keeping Gluten-Free Kids Safe by Cathy Lauer
With all the gluten free food on the market and the improved awareness of gluten free, parents still have concerns about their kids being fed something they shouldn’t eat when they are out in the community. Thankfully there are companies out there who have this part of the gluten-free puzzle taken care of.
Manifestation by Sharon Taphorn
In order to manifest here on the earth plane, one doesn’t have to do anything at all. Life happens, whether we are paying attention or not.
Milk: It Does Nobody Good by David Dixon
Not only has the dairy industry convinced countless medical professionals, but also the public, in general, that their products are necessary for humans to experience optimal health. Realize that we have been subjected to little more than dairy industry commercials, telling us that their products are necessary for our health.
Science Stars by David Suzuki
Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist… to take on Hollywood - Mayim Bialik, who stars as neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler in the popular TV show The Big Bang Theory, really is a neurobiologist, with a PhD from UCLA. She also played the lead role in the ’90s TV show Blossom. This isn’t about overachieving stars. Rather, it’s a way of pointing out that science isn’t just for geeky nerds – and it isn’t just for guys.
The Benefits of Blessing Your Food Has Been Scientifically Proven by Dylan Smeaton, CBP
Most of us have partaken in and/or seen someone say grace before a meal at some point in our lives. It’s a custom that is rich in history and is not bound to any one culture, region nor period in time. In fact, it’s probably even safe to say that saying some type of grace or thanks is a tradition that is present pretty much throughout the entire world in one type of fashion or another....
The Cosmic Joke by Kerry Palframan, RN
What do you do when adversity and Cosmic humour collide? Well these two bed-fellows seem to be ever present in my life in the last month. One seemingly calamity and upheaval after another on a daily basis has me laughing along with the Cosmic Joke. Is this a test of my faith, my trust or my belief in myself or in the Divine?...
The Threat of the Approaching Bikini Season – Homeopathy and Weight Loss by Ilona Peet, DCH,
The Threat of the Approaching Bikini Season – Homeopathy and Weight Loss. It’s that time of the year again where many dread the thought of donning their beach outfits. It may be about shedding extra weight or about changing your body image. Find out how homeopathy can help you achieve healthy weight loss and/or a greater sense of well-being with the body you have.
The Truth About Diet Soda Pop by Lisa Kilgour
Lisa Kilgour, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, tells us the truth about dietary facts regarding sugar-free, artificially sweetened soda (pop), energy drinks, vitamin waters, etc...
Wellness and the Chakras by Sue Chambers
The ancient system of chakras is a map to the flow of energy through our body. Exploring the movement of our energy by way of the chakras helps to understand where blocks exist that may be causing symptoms and illness.
Why Breast is Best! by Dr. Melissa Bradwell
I feel that it is time to re-visit the benefits of breast-feeding. Understanding that there are always going to be situations where women can’t breastfeed, such as low milk supply and adoption, it becomes imperative to do your research....
Your Thoughts can Change the World by Emily Matweow
When you are anxious or frustrated, or when you feel anger, what are you sharing with those around you? When you think of love your whole vibration changes. Love changes the chemistry of the body…
Free Admission Events
Intro to Compassionate Communication (NVC) workshop
May 5, 2013

Do you ever get that “oh no, not again’ sinking feeling about interactions and communications with your loved ones, friends and people in your workplace? Come and learn how to help yourself.
Love that Lasts – Free Teleseminars with Eric Bowers
May 7, 2013

Love That Lasts– for singles, for couples, for anyone recovering from a breakup, wanting to deepen an existing relationship or how to avoid making mistakes when starting into new relationships.
Fibromyagia: A natural approach. Yes, life can be worth living again!
May 14, 2013

Fibromyalgia: Yes there is a way to treat fibromyagia that is natural, safe, and very effective. Come learn how from a seasoned health professional.
Caroline Sutherland's - Free Monday Night Teleconference
Every Monday - 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET - Everywhere

FREE Teleconference - Ask a Question - Each week, Internationally Recognized Medical Intuitive, Caroline discuss a topical health issue that affect us all. Then she opens up the phone lines, does some spot readings.
Free Audio Affirmations with Debbie Ford
On-going - Internet

Are you feeding yourself with the thoughts, ideas, and words that will add to your self-love? Listen now to one of the self-esteem boosting affirmations below.
Buddhist Discourse and Meditation
Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 - Kelowna

Buddhist Meditation and Discourse Thursday evenings at Heartwood Buddhist Meditation Centre. 7-8:30pm #3 2979 S. Pandosy St. By Donation
Concerned about your Diabetes? - Terrace
Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 - 2:45 - Terrace

FREE Diabetes information event - Different subject every week. Limited seating. Please RSVP and mention OK In Health as your referral.
Course in Miracles ~ Monday Meetings
Every Monday at 7:00 pm - Kelowna

Study the Course in Miracles with old and new students. Weekly reading from the Text, break, and discussions on individual practice experience. No fee
EECO Storytime
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 in January & February - Kelowna

Fun and interactive weekly program for pre-schoolers, three to five year old children and their caregivers. Learn more about nature, our Regional Parks and the animals of the Okanagan.
Free Course - Families and friends of individuals diagnosed with any mental illness
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm - - Kelowna

A FREE Course For families and friends of individuals diagnosed with any mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsion.
Goddess Circle
ongoing: Second Tuesday of each month 7 pm - Lake Country

Women's sharing circle. Connect with other heart centered women on thier spiritual journey. All are welcome. No charge, no experience needed. 7 pm on the Second Tuesday of each month.
Guided Hiking - Free
10am - Kelowna

Mt. Baldy (Dilworth) Rifle Rd. Join our walking instructors as they guide you on the path to physical health and well being. Meet new friends, and get fit at the same time! Please arrive on time
Kelowna Conscious Cocktails
Every 2nd Thursday of the Month. 6 - 9 pm - Kelowna

Connect. Converse. Conspire. Create. Come out and create community with others of "light" mind. No agenda other than to be true Self and share in a safe space. You are never alone! $2 Toonie donation at the door.
Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers
Every Thursday morning 9:30 a.m. - Kelowna

Dedicated volunteers assist vulnerable women & children in Africa along with grandmothers who are raising orphaned grandchildren due to the HIV/Aids pandemic
Meditation Support Group
Each Wednesday 7-8:30 pm - Kelowna

We meet to support each other in tranquility meditation and sit for 45 minutes. Both beginners and experienced welcome.
Peaceful Warriors Gathering - for men
Every Friday - 7:30 to 9:30 - Penticton

Light minded men who gather & discuss their spirituality & its affect their lives. Share knowledge & experiences & discuss topics that are happening around the world affecting consciousness.
Penticton Green Drinks
1st Thursday of the month at 5pm at the Barley Mill - Penticton

People who take sustainability seriously in the South Okanagan now have an opportunity to meet up on the first Thursday of every month at an informal session known internationally as Green Drinks.
Personal Insights
On going - Lake Country

Spiritual Growth Support Group- Come out on the third Thursday of each month. Sharing and discussion of various spiritual topics, books etc. Ongoing.
Retreats & Weekend Away
BC Yoga Conference 2013
May 4, 2013

Located in sunny Penticton – in the heart of Okanagan Wine Country, BC This 2 day event was created to connect, educate & inspire yoga and health enthusiasts from throughout Western Canada
Sacred Goddess Tour to Greece and Turkey & Mediterranean cruise
May 4, 2013

Join Pamela on this life changing journey with kindred spirits. “Awaken your divine Soul during twelve days of rejuvenation, beauty & sacred ceremony in ancient Greece and Turkey."
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
You pick the weekend! - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Get all the girls together and spend an unforgettable, fun and relaxing weekend at the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre.
5 Day Sparks Health Ranch Retreat
May 26, 2013

Here nature, peace, and tranquility are key to help you achieve a true appreciation of the benefits of Balance in Life. Whether you’re young or young at heart, Join us for a life changing experience
Celtic 'Gathering' Tour to Ireland - SEPTEMBER 2013 with Maria Carr & Viv
September - Ireland

14 days Ireland fun-filled & relaxing tour hosted by Maria O’Farrell Carr & Viv McElgunn-Lieskovsky thru K. Banks Travel. Irish landscapes, live Irish music at night, castles, Viking & dolphin tours, lots of laughter & CRAIC!
Clare Island Yoga Retreat
On-Going - Co Mayo

Join us for a special retreat and go home feeling refreshed, revived and recovered.
Dolphin Spirit Gate Retreat
On Going - Co Kerry

Lois Dolphin Spirit Gate Retreat center on Inch Beach, Co Kerry - Four Celtic Fire Festivals
Drumming for Kids ~ Summer programs
July and August - Kelowna

Looking for an exciting summer program with activity for kids. Experience various percussion instruments of the world. (Bongo, Conga,Timbales, Doumbek, Djembe, Surdo, etc.)
Sober but Stuck?
On-going - Kelowna

Have you been clean & sober for quite a while yet find yourself: Unhappy, discontented, or having difficulties? Treat yourself to an individualized renewal retreat! One, two or three weeks.
Writer’s and Artist’s Irish Retreat
On-going - Co. Cork

Anam Cara Retreat - A tranquil spot that provides sanctuary for novice as well as experienced people working in the creative arts
Festivals & Fairs
BC Yoga Conference - Penticton
May 4, 2013

Early bird full access pass $165, single day $105. Early bird pricing available Feb 1 - April 1, 2013.
Fitness Classes
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
On - Going - Kelowna

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO: look forward to your exercise class?, feel energized, pumped, sweaty AND happy from your workout? and release weight and have fun doing it? Join our 6 week program to-day!
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
On-Going - Kelowna, BC

MotionWorks Fitness is a health and wellness lifestyle studio dedicated to safe and meaningful exercise methods. Join Patti Tennessy Nia Technique Black Belt, Yoga-Fit, Pilates, and more classes.
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
On Going - Kelowna, B.C., Canada

NIA 5 STAGES: Learning Nia 5 Stages Technique gives you a movement elixir for increasing body awareness and ageing with grace. Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking
Move for Health Day - May 10th
May 10, 2013

This is a global initiative created by the World Health Organization to promote physical activity. So on May 10th, just a Toonie gets you in to the Pool, Fitness Room and Drop-in Sports!
Nia Classes - Penticton
Tuesday 10:30am, Thursday 9:00am , Monday's 7:00pm , Wednesday 6:00pm, - Penticton

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.Please phone to check times.
Aqua Prenatal
Friday afternoons - 2 pm - Vernon

Gentle postnatal exercises gradually help the new mother to regain physical strength, tone their muscles, enjoy deep relaxation and develop close bonds with their baby.
February Freeze up Run/Walk
11.30 for regisration - Peachland

5 km Run and Walk - Fairly flat route along Beach Avenue and the foreshore of Okanagan Lake. A very scenic route. $20
Feldenkrais Works...... - Nelson
Thurs.'s 5:15-6:15 p.m., Fri.'s 12-1 p.m. - Nelson

Better balance, posture, flexibility, less pain.....
Friday's Dance Nights
On-Going ~ Every other Friday - Kelowna

Join us for a great night of dancing. Big band, Latin, swing, country, Ballroom and yes disco. We will dance to them all. Everyone is invited beginners - pro, we are goig to have fun.
Good Morning with Dru Yoga!
Saturdays from 9 - 10:00 am - Penticton

Activations, body preps, energy block release sequences, yogic postures and breath work with a final restorative relaxation to start your day!
Kelowna Nature Hikes
Wednesdays and Weekends - Kelowna

Bring a lunch. For general information call Rick Gee 250-763-0124
Nia Classes - Vancouver
Tuesday 6:00pm or Sunday 11:00am - Vancouver

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Kamloops
Mondays 6:30pm - Kamloops

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Spokane
Mon. or Wed. 5:30pm or Tuesday or Thursday at 9am - Spokane

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music.
Noon Hour Yoga Classes
Wednesday at 12 - Kelowna

A one hour class open to all levels of students. All levels of students are welcome. Modifications will be given when necessary.
Salsa Thursdays
8pm to 10:00pm - Kelowna

Singles, Couples, All levels and ages-30 minute lesson with dance to follow - Great exercise for body and mind, meet new people, ongoing event since 2007.
Scottish Country Dancing
Wednesday or Thursdays nights at 7.30pm - Kelowna

No experience necessary and no partners needed! Come and enjoy the camaraderie and get fun exercise too!
Sound Bath ~ Tibetan & Crystal Bowls in the Water
3rd Thursday of the month - Vernon

Conic healing session while floating in the warm salt waters with quartz crystal singing bowls live, Tibetan bowls etc. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation.
SOYA Yoga Teacher Training
On-Going - Penticton

Offers RYT 200, 300 & 500 Hour Extended Programs. Become a certified & registered Yoga Teacher at International standards! Find out for yourself why people love our SOYA Yoga Teacher Training program!
UBC Run/Walk group meeting
Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. - Kelowna

Students, staff, public, and faculty are welcome. Great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus and meet new people. All levels welcome. Free
Watsu & Tibetan Bowl
On-going - Vernon

Join with Audrey Meuse and cCome experience the perfect mix, a Watsu and the sound vibrations of the Tibetan Bowls. Restorative Calm.
Woga ~ Gentle Water Yoga
Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Vernon

Gentle Yoga is great for people new to yoga and for those hoping to strengthen and stretch muscles and ease joint pain. End with a floating heart meditation.
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Connect with Yourself Weekly
Michael O'ConnorTake time in your busy week to reflect on your inner rhythms of yourself and your life. OK In Health's Soular Rhythms column managed by Michael O'Connor.
Astrologer/Numerologist and a popular columnist, lecturer, presenter and workshop facilitator, Michael brings enthusiasm, passion and a wealth of knowledge.

Click here to see Michael's ideas for reflection.

May 3, 2013

Tip of the Week:

May days in the Year of the Snake and in the midst of an Eclipse Season together constitute an exciting and dramatic atmosphere! Ask around and you will hear stories of change, endings and so on from just about everyone. The metaphor of shedding skins will likely fit very well. The good news is that it implies renewal. Yet, the process of completion and of entering the unknown is usually a source of much added stress. With the Moon in its last quarter and in the wake of the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse the pace and extent of these transformations are accelerating. As ever, the answer is to tune-in, adapt and strategically cooperate. Taking a pro-active verses reactive approach is ideal. This is where it helps to pause and look at the map. The Natal Chart in Astrology is the base map for one’s destiny. It reveals one’s inner and outer nature and character strengths and challenges. Furthermore, it reveals themes and timing in our life that often otherwise appe...
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Testimonials from our Ireland Tour

"Ireland was absolutely wonderful. Maria did a fabulous job as tour director. The tour group didn't have to do any thinking or planning - just go! I loved everything about Ireland - the people and their sense of humor, the Irish music and glorious scenery and old buildings and rock walls and sheep and on and on."   Dianne

"One of the reasons that I wanted to go on the tour was to reclaim my energy and my connection to myself. I definitely found that on our tour! In fact, the minute we arrived in Ireland I felt great and I was back to being me. I enjoyed the countryside and the bus tours, and the commeraderie around our tables at the pub was great. A long time since I've had so much fun. Maria did a great job as tour director."   Anonymous

"I would go again if I hadn't already gone"   Darlene

"On our recent tour to Ireland, I was very appreciative of Maria's knowledge of the area and the number of friendly contacts she had everywhere we went. I am sure that part of the superb welcome we had was because we were there as "Maria's group." She has a marvellous sense of what people will enjoy seeing, and has access to many unusual and interesting places. Every detail was taken into account, insuring a wonderful and relaxing holiday."   Eleanor

"From the moment of landing until your last day your trip will be a remarkable adventure . Whether you are an seasoned traveler who usually makes all their own arrangements or a beginning world explorer you will appreciate the care and detailed arrangements that Maria makes in preparation for the trip and during your days of travel. There is so much to see in Ireland and Maria manages to squeeze in an amazing variety of engaging experiences: historic sites, sacred circles, breathtaking landscapes, cityscapes, shops, galleries, museums, pubs! Places to linger all day or evening. Food of course is important. While on the road Maria finds interesting stops for delicious and always too plentiful amounts of food. Evening group dinners will be a highlight. It is a jam packed trip. With Maria's sense of humour even the road touring experience in the green Paddy bus is a delightful experience. Bring your wellies!"   Dawn  

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Penticton Studio For Rent
Shanti Wellness, 500 square feet of tranquility in the heart of downtown Penticton, is available to rent by the hour, the day and the weekend. Classes, meetings or workshops. 250.486.5739  Penticton BC

Kelowna Meeting Space
One of a kind, nurturing and inspiring rental space for meetings, seminars, programs or retreats.  Accommodates up to 25 people & includes kitchen facilities.  Available by day, half day, weekly or weekends.  Call Dianna 778-484-4140.

Kelowna - Space For Rent:
Attention Practitioners and/or like minded individuals; Teaching space and Treatment room available for rent. Call Marie Sperling at Rite-Way Health to inquire. 250-212-2431

Available ~ Workshop/meeting and Practitioners space available in Kelowna
Heartwood Meditation Center in Kelowna has space available for like-minded people to share their information, present workshops, offer treatments or non-residential retreats. Most weekends and some week days
Call Sarani 778-478-7862 for more details.

Healing Circle

Healing Request:
Hello, I am asking for healing for my sister in law.   She is the most positive person I have ever met. Her brain tumour has come back again bigger this time. She has 2 kids under 15 and I pray that she gets well and sees her children grow up.
Thank You, Jo

Healing Request:
Please send my partner healing love and light - from Joanna

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