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Vedic experts tour Minnesota
The public will have a rare chance to experience Ayur-veda in its authentic and consciousness
based form – Maharishi Vedic approach to health – on February 8-10 when two Vedic
Health Experts from India, experts in the ancient Vedic system of health care, tour

During consultations, the Vedic health experts, or "Vaidyas," will give
one-to-one health consultations, using a traditional Ayurvedic health technique called
pulse reading, or Nadi Vigyan. Consultations are suited both to people with chronic
disorders and to those wishing to maintain good health. They will also be introduce
a unique Short Course in Self Pulse Reading, to enable anyone to maintain their own

A free talk will be given at 8 p.m. Thusday, Feb. 8, at the Maharishi Enlightenment
Center, 2524 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis.

The Vaidyas will emphasize practical self-help measures that
anyone can adopt, based on the profound Vedic understanding of daily and seasonal
routine, and diet, digestion and nutrition. Much of the advice given will be new
to people, even to many of those who are already following "health-food diets."

Ayur-Veda, which is currently enjoying much popularity, has been practiced in India
for thousands of years but has become incomplete over time. During the past 20 years,
however, it has been restored as a complete science of health by Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation, in collaboration with some of India’s
foremost Vedic experts and scholars.

For more information, call the Maharishi Enlightenment Center at (612) 827-0070.

Steger’s Global Warming expedition
Led by renowned adventurer and educator Will Steger, a four-month dogsled expedition
through Canada’s Baffin Island will use still photography, video and audio to capture
the profound effects that global warming is having on the people and ecosystems in
this Arctic environment. The 1,200-mile expedition will kick off in mid-February
in the southwestern region off Baffin Island and will conclude in early June on the
island’s northwestern region. Throughout the expedition, thousands of people will
be able to follow the team’s progress and get live video updates via the expedition
web site at

Steger, who completed the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without
re-supply in 1986, is the author of four books: Over the Top of the World, Crossing
Antarctica, North to the Pole
and Saving the Earth.

This new dogsled expedition will experience and document how the Inuit culture is
coping with global warming. The Inuit voice is a warning to the world about the devastating
impacts of a changing climate. Global warming is not occurring in isolation; the
face of the Inuit is a distant, yet clear, reflection of our future. Their personal
stories are a voice for humankind. Visiting remote Inuit villages, the expedition
will document their stories using text, video, images and regular website updates,
reaching learners around the world.

Fagen Inc., the nation’s largest design-builder of ethanol plants, just announced
that it has become a lead sponsor of the Global Warming 101 Expedition and its associated
worldwide educational initiatives.

"The world has become acutely aware that the use of fossil fuels is warming
our planet at an alarming rate," said Ron Fagen, founder, CEO and president
of Fagen Inc. "For the past 20 years, Will Steger has been an eyewitness to
this calamity as it has unfolded at both polar regions. We are honored to support
his efforts to document these effects and inspire changes that will halt this trend.
On behalf of all Fagen employees and our construction crews across the country, we
wish Will and his team a safe and productive journey."

For more information, visit

Men’s spirituality
In February, the Benedictine Center in Maplewood, Minn., is offering three opportunities
for men to explore their spirituality and find ways to cultivate an inner life that
can enrich themselves, their families and the world around them.

"The world rewards men for doing and achieving," says Sam Rahberg, associate
director of the Benedictine Center, "but our true selves can only evolve and
find peace from a place of silence and reflection."

The center will offer the following opportunities for men to come together to learn,
discuss and reflect on the uniqueness of their own spiritual journey:

i "What St. Benedict Can Teach Dads," February 8, 7-8 p.m., $10. Sam
Rahberg will show how 1500-year-old ideas can help fathers raise healthy children.
Rahberg, a Benedictine oblate, has two children under the age of 3.
i "The Male Contemplative Spiritual Journey Today," February 16-18, $150
(includes room and meals). David Sagula, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, management
consultant and experienced retreat leader, will help men balance the challenges of
career, relationships, service and faith.
i "Men’s Contemplative Spirituality Group," Monday, February 26, 7-9 p.m.,
free-will offering. This long-standing group offers support and encouragement to
all men on their spiritual journeys.

To register online for any of these opportunities, go to
and follow the Benedictine Center Link. For more information call (651) 777-7251
or The Benedictine
Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located
at 2675 Larpenteur Ave. E. in Maplewood.

Body Mind Life Expo
On March 3-4, more than 100 experts will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center
for the seventh annual Body Mind Life Expo, an event designed to help you find the
tools you need to live a healthier and more balanced life. This is one of the largest
health and natural products expo in the Midwest, featuring traditional, holistic
and alternative therapies and health screenings; beneficial solutions for your home,
delicious nutritional options and more.

The Body Mind Life Expo features free non-stop seminars, given by recognized experts

i Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, a nationally recognized motivational speaker, whose
Dealing with Subtracters in Work and Life workshop will provide attendees with strategies
to help them achieve success in every area of their lives.
i Dr. Donald Timm, who will cover new research on getting and staying well, and the
simple changes you can make that will slow down aging, improve your health, reduce
your risk of all types of diseases and help you look and feel great.
i Tony Strong, a health and wellness educator and professional speaker who will bring
new information about body and cellular repair using natural nutritional technology.
i Susan Just, a success coach, certified hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy instructor
who will explain how hypnotherapy, self-hypnosis and coaching can help you dissolve
your fears, misperceptions and limiting beliefs so that you can live an empowered
i Carol Lowell, a hands-on healing practitioner, who will talk about auras, explain
what they are and give a demonstration. She will also talk about how to clear energy
from your aura and the space in which you live.

Attendees at the Body Mind Life Expo can also register to win free drawings and giveaways,
which this year include a 14-day Caribbean cruise, a vacation to Wisconsin Dells,
gift cards, gift baskets and much more. Watch a video of last year’s show, and browse
this year’s online show catalog at Show hours are from 9 a.m. to
8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Admission is
$3 with a half-price coupon available on the website, and free to kids 17 and under
when accompanied by an adult. Further information is available on the expo hotline
at (612) 798-7256. This year’s Body Mind Life Expo is sponsored by KSTP Channel 5
TV, KSTC Channel 45 TV, Stressfree Living, AM 950 and Icelandair.

Spiritual retreat
"Lenten Awakening: A spiritual retreat with Larry Gillick" will be presented
March 9-10 by the Loyola Spiritual Center as part of the centers 30th anniversary

Fr. Larry Gillick is known to many people as an inspiration, spiritual guide and
director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University
in Omaha, Neb., since 1991. Gillick has been a Jesuit for nearly 50 years and travels
extensively throughout the country offering retreats and days of reflection. Blinded since age 8, he is blessed with tremendous insight
into self, spirit and the greater world.

Retreat hours are from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 9, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
March 10, at Lumen Christi Church, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. It is open to the
public. The cost is $25. Call Loyola Spiritual Center by February 2 to register at
(651) 641-0008.

Researcher promotes online survey
A University of Wisconsin-River Falls researcher is seeking adults who do paid work
full-time to complete an online survey about how busy people manage their time. To
encourage responses, she is offering a $50 gift certificate from to the
person whose name she draws, from among the first 100 completers of the survey.

"Of course we won’t sell information, spam people or anything of the sort,"
notes Dr. Tracy O’Connell, assistant professor at UW-RF, who is heading the project.
"I’m hoping readers will tell their friends, relatives and colleagues so they
can go online, too."

The website –
– describes the research and contains a link to the online survey. Results will
be reported there, in aggregate without any identifiable information, when the survey
is complete.

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