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Tibetan Buddhist Teacher visititing Cities

MINNEAPOLIS – His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, senior lineage holder of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, will visit Minneapolis June 1-3, offering Twin Cities residents a rare opportunity to connect with the authentic spiritual traditions of Tibet. Trained since childhood, His Eminence has completed extensive training in Tibetan Buddhism and is a highly qualified teacher known for his clarity and excellent English. He is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya order.

His Eminence will present a free talk on the meaning of life at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis. On Saturday, June 2, he will present "Medicine Buddha initiation and Teachings" from 10 a.m. to noon ($25 tuition) and "Parting from the Four Attachments," describing how to overcome four types of obstacles on the path to enlightenment, from 2-5 p.m. ($25 tuition). Both workshops will be at First Universalist Church.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, His Eminence will present the "Long Life and Vajrakilaya Initiation," an ancient teaching that offers power for protection and dispelling obstacles on the path to enlightenment, at the Tibetan American Foundation, 1096 Raymond Ave., St. Paul. The cost is $20.

More information can be found at or by calling (612) 801-1540.

His Eminence’s visit is sponsored locally by the Minnesota Sakya Center, branch center of Tsechen Kunchab Ling in Walden, N.Y., seat of His Holiness Sakya Trizin in the United States. The Center is dedicated to bringing authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachers to the Twin Cities area and offering Buddhist teachings appropriate to people of many interests and levels of understanding. It holds weekly study groups, meditations and Dharma conference calls with highly qualified Tibetan teachers. For more information, visit

Creating Sacred Relationships

MINNEAPOLIS – Channel Jennie Marlow, and her spirit guides Spotted Eagle and Grandfather White Elk, will be in Minneapolis July 21-22 to present her workshop, Relating Soul-to-Soul, and evening chats in the Cities prior to the workshop.

Marlow and her guides offer penetrating insight into how we can create unconditionally loving relationships.

"Relationship is the last great frontier," Marlow says, "and this workshop provides a deeply practical approach for resolving our most fundamental relationship problems."

Carolyn Dunow, a Minneapolis-based energy healing coach and sponsor of this workshop, will be hosting Marlow’s free evening chats on Tuesday, July 17, at Stonehenge (612-827-5352) and on Wednesday, July 18, at Echo Bodine’s The Center (612-840-3562). Marlow also will be available for private readings on July 16, 18 and 19.

To download a free 30-minute recording of highlights from Relating Soul-to-Soul, visit For information on private readings, visit or call toll-free 1 (866) 270-3783.

New Healing Center opens in South Metro

APPLE VALLEY – The Center for Alternative Healing, featuring nine healing practitioners who offer more than 40 healing modalities, opens June 1 in Apple Valley, one block east of Cedar Avenue on 147th street.

This new healing center will present the following healers – Suzanne Amanor-Wilks, Ben Cohen, Carol Cunnington, Barbara Ford, Lorraine Goedde, Barb Jacobson, Tracy Phernetton and Hope Scoles – who provide a wide range of healing services, including Therapeutic Massage, Tui Na, Clinical Qigong, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Healing, a Master Herbalist, Psychic Reading and a Learning Specialist focused on children. The Center for Alternative Healing has a full complement of resources to support the entire family’s well-being.

Featured at the Center is a program called Indigo Blooming, providing children, adolescents and young adults with energy healing sessions for whatever they are able to pay. Positive results are found with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, addictions, anger and more.

The Center for Alternative Healing is located at 7373 147th St. W., Suite 108, in Apple Valley. Visit for more information and specific phone numbers for each practitioner.

Intuitive Healer joins Great River Healing Arts Center

ST. PAUL – Intuitive healer Masha Sigurdson has joined the Great River Healing Arts Center, a community of practitioners who share a love of service in the healing arts. The center is centrally located at 2388 University Ave., three blocks east of Highway 280.

Drawing on 15 years of energy work experience in her native Russia, where she earned a Masters Degree in Library Science, Masha employs what she calls "a very individualized combination of intuitive healing techniques, from Reiki to Bio Energy and Angel Therapy®. She also volunteers as a Reiki therapist at St. Paul Regions Hospital.

Continuing to seek wider knowledge, Masha recently participated in a week-long Angel Therapy® seminar hosted by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., on how to show people how angels can help in their lives. Masha does intuitive angel readings that, as she says, " look into your life mission from the perspective of the current moment."

Masha is working on a book – Dolphin’s Smile – with messages from the angels about healing on the long-lost continent of Atlantis, and she is planning an angel healing workshop for parents of disabled children.

Masha’s hours at the Great River Healing Center are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment, by calling (651) 587-2803.

Lake Harriet names new Ministerial Guides

MINNEAPOLIS – Lake Harriet Spiritual Community announced the hiring of three new ministerial guides. Maren Amdal, Hanakia Zedek and Lou Longmire were elected by a majority vote of community members after having each gone through the new ministerial guide selection process, implemented this year.

Lead minister Rev. Michael Underwood says, "We send love and blessing to all those who were part of our ministerial guide hiring process. A lot of hard work went into developing and executing this new hiring process. As a community we appreciate all the talented and gifted candidates that were willing to offer their expertise to our community."

Spirit Quest Massage honored

MINNEAPOLIS – Owner Walter Shorts of Spirit Quest Massage at the Midtown Global Market was recently honored as one of the 2007 Small Businesses of the Year by the Phillips Community, presented by Hope Community Inc., in cooperation with the Neighborhood Development Center.

The Small Business of the Year award is given to businesses that have had a large increase in business revenue or exhibit community impact. June Bouye of the Hope Community, Inc. nominated Shorts because of his commitment and belief that massage therapy contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

Spirit Quest Massage offers a full 90-minute massage for only $75, as well as chair massage specials that are considered to be the least expensive in town.

Shorts is fascinated with the functions of the human body, specifically, how it works physically, chemically and mechanically. He gears his energy toward keeping the body healthy through the means of therapeutic touch. He emphasizes massage’s benefits of removing toxins, triggering points of trauma, targeting tension and decreasing stress.

Shorts is a certified massage therapist and received his professional certification training from the YWCA in coordination with Globe College and Sprit Quest Ministries. His has more than 20 years of experience in health care, and he has been a professional massage therapist for the past two and a half years. He is a registered member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Spirit Quest Massage and the Midtown Global Market is located within the Midtown Exchange Building near Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis. For more information, visit or call (612) 872-4041.

Midtown Global Market is an international collection of more than 50 vendors offering the finest selection of produce, delicacies, prepared foods, grocery items and unique gifts from around the world, seven days a week.

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Tim Miejan
Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].


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