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Green Man goes urban in 2006 festival
DULUTH, Minn. – Green Man Festival, one of the world’s most enviro-friendly music festival, will move for the first time to Bayfront Park on the shores of Lake Superior in downtown Duluth on July 14-16. The annual three-day music and art extravaganza features two stages offering live music all day and into the night, a indie-film festival, a cruiser bike rally, giant puppets, delicious food and many other exciting activities.

The festival celebrates diversity in music and culture, featuring local, regional and national performers in genres including alternative, country, R&B and reggae to blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and more. Bands this year will include Low, Honey Dogs, Trampled by Turtles, The Meat Purveyors, Moaners, Garrison Starr and many more. Green Man will continue to blaze a trail of greenness by using solar, electric carts, bio-diesel, recycling, a compost system, and the Peace Coffee bike-powered blender. Minnesota Power WindSense will power the Green Man with wind-generated electricity in 2006. That’s a lot of renewable energy – enough to run speakers for two stages, guitars, keyboards, spotlights, streetlights, little lights, vendor refrigerators and ovens and stoves, and anything else that needs to be plugged in at a festival. Solar power will still keep the grounds crew rolling and biodiesel will still be used. But the addition of Minnesota Power WindSense will make Green Man run on 100 percent renewable energy for the first time.

Advance weekend passes are $30, and advance single-day passes are $12. Single-day passes will be sold at the gate for $15. Weekend passes will not be sold at the gate.
Sponsors include Summit Brewing Co, Peace Coffee,, Fitger’s Brewhouse, 89.3 "The Current," Charter Communications and Independent Public Radio Network.
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Weight, healing seminar
HUDSON, Wisc. – Claire Covington, CLC, a certified trainer of the "What’s a Nice Person Like Me…Doing in a Body like This?" seminar, will present the program on Monday, July 17, to help people lose weight, gain energy, and promote health.

The seminar was developed by Neecie Moore. Ph.D., in association with research from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Claire Covington will coach participants on how to spend fat instead of saving it. She emphasizes that weight is more about hormonal balance than caloric intake, and notes that the process she teaches works to accomplish long-term success with "No Measuring, No Counting, No Starving." This program boasts one of the highest long-term weight loss success ratios in the industry, because it is scientifically formulated and addresses psychological needs.

To register, call (651) 415-9680 for tickets and more information. Readers of Edge Life will receive a discount for mentioning the magazine.

Celebrated humanitarian and "hugging saint" Amma returns to Iowa
MT. PLEASANT, Iowa – Reputed as a tireless humanitarian, Mata Amritanandamayi, better known as "Amma" or "Ammachi," visits Mt. Pleasant, from July 8 to July 9 where she will receive thousands with her blessing – a healing embrace. Free public programs will take place at Iowa Wesleyan College, 601 N. Main St. This is not a function of Iowa Wesleyan College.

The tour follows from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Dallas, and then proceeds to Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston, before concluding on July 27 in Toronto.
Morning sessions will begin at 10 a.m., and evening sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 8 and at 6:30 p.m. on July 9. For more information, call toll-free 1 (877) 524-2662 or (641) 472-8563.
Considered a living Saint in her homeland, Amma, 52, has quietly gained an extraordinary reputation over the last 30 years as a result of the extensive charitable institutions she has established, and for her personal outreach. Sleeping merely a couple hours per day, she teaches by the constant example of her own life, emphasizing selfless social service.
"She has been compared to Mother Teresa and Mohandas K. Gandhi, who devoted their lives to the poor," noted the Washington Post.
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Rare Buddhist relics visit Minnesota
A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world and will soon be in Minnesota. The Maitreya Project Relic Tour can be seen at Watt Munisotaram, 2925 220th St. E., in Hampton, Minn., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, and also at Aveda Institute, 400 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 28-29, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 30. There is no entrance charges, and donations are welcome.

These relics were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing. People may also bring their animals for a blessing.

Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.
According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world. When the Tour finishes in about 2008, these Relics will be enshrined in a 500-foot golden statue of Maitreya Buddha in Kushinagar, northern India. Building the statue itself is not the main goal; the purpose is to inspire an open, kind heart. When people see the giant Maitreya statue or pictures of the relics on a poster or visit either of them, they will reflect on what it means to have a good heart. It will be a symbol of faith for millions all over the world.

The Maitreya Project also: provides free spiritual, education and health facilities in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas in northern India; provides immediate and long-term employment; helps to develop the area’s infrastructure; and offers sustainable, positive development in this emerging part of India.

"The very name Maitreya means loving-kindness – in today’s world, we really need loving-kindness," says His Holiness the Dalai Lama. "This project is really wonderful and is the result of great courage and determination, and from the depths of my heart I appreciate and applaud this wonderful project."
For more information on the Watt Munisotaram event, call Jean Wallis at (612) 874-1453. For more on the Aveda event, call Nancy Dadak at (612) 823-4255. Visit

12th annual Artcar Parade
MINNEAPOLIS – ArtCar artists will hit the streets at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, in full force for the 12th Annual ArtCar Parade, a highly successful annual parade in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of South Minneapolis organized by a grassroots affiliation of artists who creatively alter cars and other wheeled vehicles for display and everyday use. More than 80 wildly decorated cars, bikes, scooters, chairs and other wheeled vehicles will be on display by local and national ArtCar artists. Drivers and ArtCars are revving their engines and ready to burn rubber – at a speedy 10 mph. Home-grown MTN cable celebrities Viva and Jerry return for their third year as Grand Marshals.
The parade route begins at Lake Street and Grand Avenue and moves west on Lake Street to Lyndale Avenue. It turns north onto Lyndale and ends at 28th Street. Announcers will be located at Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue and will announce in English and Spanish. Parade goers can meet the artists and view cars up close after the parade at Intermedia Arts and Salem Lutheran Church (both near the intersection of Lyndale and 28th Street).
ArtCar enthusiasts can get a sneak peak at their favorite ArtCar artists’ works at an exhibit and opening reception the evening before the parade, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the Outsiders and Others Gallery, located in downtown Minneapolis at 1010 Park Ave. S. The parade is presented by Intermedia Arts, a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art, and sponsored by 89.3 The Current and Pizza Luce.
ArtCars – often humorous, sometimes surprising and always inventive – spark a creative impulse. The ArtCar Parade helps bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to create, participate and enjoy as a community. It has become a phenomenon in the Twin Cities and beyond.
For more information on ArtCar events, call (612) 871-4444 or visit or

Seeing True creator Chapman
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – Ron Chapman, author, award-winning speaker and founder of Seeing True, a framework for helping people realize their potential, will present his message about "Innocence" during services at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 23 at Unity Christ Church. He will facilitate a two-hour workshop on the same topic that afternoon at 1:30. This workshop is provided for a $25 suggested love offering.

"Innocence facilitates the attainment of two spiritual ideals – forgiveness and non-judgment – while freeing us from that which causes our suffering," Chapman says. "It is a path both daunting and challenging, but one rich with humor, humility, wonder and gratitude – a way of spiritual expression that truly succeeds."

During Chapman’s workshop, participants will discover how to see themselves and others through the eyes of innocence, experience relief from nagging resentments and bitterness and walk away with the realization there is a path to inner peace.

Chapman is the founder and owner of Magnetic North LLC, which supports people in the realization of their potential through the awakening of their innate inner guidance. He is a national award-winning radio commentator, inspirational speaker, coach and mentor who facilitates organizational and leadership development, personal and professional growth and spiritual practices. He also is the author of What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes and has released three sets of companion CDs. For more information about Ron Chapman and his work, visit
Unity Christ Church is located at 4000 Golden Valley Road in Golden Valley. More details on Chapman’s appearance can be obtained by calling (763) 521-4793 or visiting

Flying Meditation workshop
McGRATH, Minn. – Dr. Mallina Visarraga returns to Minnesota to teach the Ancient transformational Kahuna Moving Meditation form called "Flying." This practice facilitates shifting negative patterns, which helps to make life’s transitions happen with ease. 

The five-day workshop will take place at The Dwelling in The Woods, a Hermitage Retreat, near McGrath. The Dwelling is nestled in a quiet, wooded area about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities. Nutritious meals will be prepared by The Dwelling’s resident chef. The cost of $800 includes room/board and tuition. Acupuncture treatments, and Hot Stone or Lomi Lomi massage are available at an additional cost. Space is limited.

Mallina is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Avatar, Master, and Wizard with Star’s Edge International. A past participant of the Flying Workshop reported, "This work was the birth canal to my life."
For more information/registration, contact: Connie at The Dwelling in The Woods at (320) 592-3708, e-mail or visit
Celebration of life

BAXTER, Minn. – Magdala Ramirez, a Mayan Medicine Woman and shamanness who was born in Mexico and lived among the pyramids and ancient wisdom of the Maya and Aztec people, will share many of the ancent codecs that will open the understanding of the sacred feminine during a seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 5, in Baxter. 

Magdala was trained in her work from a very early age, spending many years studying and sharing information with the elders of the knowledge near her home. She is the author of Sacredness of the Union of Polarities, I Am You, Mayan Runes, and Sacred Sex.
The cost of the seminar is $75. Class size is limited and early registration is recommended. Call (612) 474-5061 or (218) 820-0093

Cinema & Civics
MINNEAPOLIS – One of Minneapolis’ fastest-changing urban neighborhoods, Stevens Square Park, is hosting a community building activity by inviting people to not only come out and sit together at the park to hear some music and watch a movie, but to take the opportunity to talk to one another about important issues facing our community, says Julie Filapek, executive director of the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO).

Film, dialogue, performance, live music, food and diverse activities are taking place each Wednesday through August 2. The event is free from 7 to 11 p.m., with films starting at dusk in Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. The event is a coordinated effort between SSCO and Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA), along with organizations such as Gardenworks, the Bell Museum, the National Bike Film Festival, Interact and non-profit groups.

The weekly schedule is as follows:
i July 5 – Leave Your Car at Home Night, featuring the Bicycle Film Festival, HourCar, the Bell Museum, local bike organizations and a bike fashion show, provides biking basics on how to navigate the city sans auto, quick fix your bike, share cars so you don’t have to own one, look hot while riding safe and support bike-centric businesses. The film is Tiny Explosions by local director Collier White, who explores the conflict between those who keep the beat of a hopeful future and those who insist on the arrhythmia of the status quo.
i July 12 – Who are Our Vecinos? Resource Center of the Americas sponsors an evening celebrating the culture of our Latino neighbors through music, dancing, film, dialogue and food. The film, A Day Without a Mexican by director Sergio Arau, shows what happens when one day, California wakes up and not a single Latino is left in the state. They have all inexplicably disappeared, chaos, tragedy and comedy quickly ensue.
i July 19 – Music, Madness, and Mayhem: An evening of work by artists with disabilities presenting film and live performances with members of disabled community, and music by local band Bad Accident. The film, When Billy Broke His Head…and other Tales of Wonder by directors Bill Golfus & David E. Simpson, is an irreverent road movie in the form of an hour-long documentary about disability, civil rights and the search for intelligent life after brain damage.
i July 26 – Beats Off the Streets, with performances by local youth groups and Twin Cities drumlines sponsored by Penumbra Theatre and the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, and a grill out provided by Willa Battle Center at the Grace Temple Church. The film is Rize by director David Lachapelle, revealing a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that’s exploding on the streets of South Central Los Angeles.
i August 2 – Grow Your Own, a celebration of the harvest with neighborhood gardeners and Gardenworks. Music from old-time banjo, washboard, and string bass band The Brass Kings will be followed by the film The Real Dirt on Farmer John by director Taggart Siegel, the true story of third-generation American farmer John Peterson’s journey of success, tribulation, failure and rebirth.



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