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Poetic Medicine

The Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies Program of the College of St. Catherine will present "Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making," a free event presented by Certified Poetry Therapist John Fox from 3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the sixth floor auditorium on the Minneapolis campus of The College of St. Catherine, 601 25th Ave. S.

This presentation will present poetry as a healing modality and explore the evocative and expressive aspects of poetry for therapeutic purposes. Participants will be shown informational and experiential ways to use poetic tools, such as metaphor and imagery, to enhance and deepen creative self-expression in a therapeutic and/or mental health setting.

John Fox is a poet and adjunct associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He teaches in the Graduate School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, and through the Sophia Center for Culture & Spirituality at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. He is author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-making, and Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making and numerous essays.

RSVP by e-mail at or call 651.690.7836. Learn more about the work of John Fox at

The Secret’s James Ray in Twin Cities

Nationally-renowned speaker, James Arthur Ray, is hosting the free seminar "The Secret to Attracting True Wealth" April 2-3 in the Twin Cities. The event location has not been announced. The seminar is designed to release people’s fears and draw more financial, relational, spiritual, mental and physical wealth to their lives.

Called "The Rock Star of Personal Transformation," Ray is a "World Thought Leader" who has devoted more than two decades to studying the thoughts, actions and habits of those who create true wealth in every area of their life. His Journey of Power® event includes wealth-building principles, success strategies and the teachings of spiritual traditions, mystery schools and esoteric studies. Part of the phenomenally successful film The Secret, Ray has appeared on "Extra," "The Alan Colmes Show," "The Today Show," "Larry King Live" and the "Oprah Winfrey Show."

For further information visit or call 1.866.646.3738.

Seniors show offers ideas, advice

Baby boomers have historically gone against the norm, and becoming seniors is no different. For the masses turning 60 at a pace of one every 7.5 seconds (a trend that will continue for the next 18 years), suddenly senior does not mean suddenly sedentary. Whether it’s been years since you received your first AARP card, or if you are all new to this "senior thing," fresh ideas and expert advice abound at this year’s Seniors Spring Show on April 2-3 at Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, Minn.

Get beauty tips and healthy living ideas from the pros, including Donna Fjelstad, who will be delivering her popular presentation on looking good and feeling great. Hear what author and motivation speaker Joan Kennedy has to say about the positive aspects of aging and living a life of productivity, good health, fun and laughter. Ms. Senior America Linda Wagner, the 2007 Ms. Minnesota winner from Bemidji, will relate her behind-the-scenes experiences from this year’s local and national pageants. Beverly Gherity, a founder of the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Senior Outreach Program, will give tips on how to fight back against fraud, avoid scammers, and how to use the BBB’s services.

The Seniors Spring Show is sponsored by Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 5 Eyewitness News, Channel 45 KSTC-TV, Good Age, Casino Magazine for Seniors, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Best of Times, Stressfree Living, KLBB and KOOL 108. For additional information and half-price tickets visit Or call the expo hotline at 612.798.7256

New yoga studio opens in Eden Prairie

Yoga Prairie, a yoga studio that also offers massage therapy, Reiki, reconnective therapy and Ayurvedic consultations, is opening in Eden Prairie with a grand opening on March 1.

The studio offers a regular yoga class schedule with a variety of levels, from gentle yoga to the strength and endurance-building Ashtanga, Hatha and Yoga/Pilates. A weekly class, Fit2gether: Mommy and Baby, will begin April 1. Regular workshops will be presented on such topics as immersion in relaxation with Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda workshops, massage for couples, and workshops focusing on hips, core strength. Practicing yoga increases flexibility, lubricates joints, massages internal organs, detoxifies the body, creates a sense of harmony and well-being in the mind, delays aging and tones every muscle and organ in the body.

The owner of Yoga Prairie, Karen Soroko, has taught yoga for seven years. She began practicing yoga 20 years ago for her scoliosis. "With yoga, I get stronger and more youthful every year, rather than the opposite!" Karen and her partner, Angus Kinnard, opened the studio to fill a need for a home for her yoga teacher training program, community education yoga classes and to provide a place for the community to learn yoga. Ten yoga teachers will offer classes or workshops at Yoga Prairie, each teacher bringing a special passion for a variety of yoga classes.

Yoga Prairie is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programs (schools) who have complied with minimum educational standards established by the organization.

Register for classes or make an appointment for massage therapy or energy therapies online at Stop in to try your first yoga class for free. The studio is located at 8783 Columbine Road, near the Eden Prairie post office in the Anderson Lakes shopping center at Highway 212 and Anderson Lakes Parkway. For more information, call 952.944.6096.

Community Acupuncture in Minnesota

Affordable acupuncture has spread from Portland, Ore., to the Twin Cities. Called Community Acupuncture and costing $15-$45 per visit, several people are treated in the same room sitting in recliners. Acupuncture points below the knee and elbow and on the head are used so no clothes need to be removed.

Acupuncture effectively treats a wide variety of acute illnesses and improves the quality of life for those with chronic illnesses. It is becoming more important as fewer people are covered by health insurance.

"This business model is closer to that practiced in China. With much lower prices than conventional acupuncture in the U.S., more people can afford acupuncture," says Ann Mongeau, L. Ac., RN., who has brought the business model to the Twin Cities. She has held classes and conferences to teach the business model to acupuncturists.

"For acupuncture to be most effective, patients need to receive it frequently and regularly," she says. "At conventional rates of $65 or more a treatment, that isn’t possible for most people, and insurance usually won’t cover it that frequently."

Thirteen Community Acupuncture clinics are in the Twin Cities area, and one is in Duluth. See for clinic locations and more information, and for clinics in other states.

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