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INTERSPIRITUAL PRAYER EVENT – A day of "Interspiritual Prayer for Peace and Fulfillment" featuring six faith traditions will take place on Saturday, Jan. 10, in Stillwater, Minn. The full-day workshop will be hosted at Arcola Mills by Nona Trealoff Bock, a mental health practitioner who recently completed training as a Spiritual Director at the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry. Workshop leaders will present faith practices of Christianity, Judaic Mysticism (Kabbalah), Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism and the Ojibwa tradition. "This workshop provides an opportunity to explore different faith traditions and to deepen personal spiritual practices," said Bock. "We come together in our diversity to unite in a community of the One." Bob Delastrada, MS, MA, will present an overview of "Centering Prayer." He is a spiritual director affiliated with the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Lisa Lillemoen, BS, IKH, founder of the Global Holistic Institute, will discuss the "Tree of Life." She is trained in "Integrated Kabbalistic Healing" and teaches classes in awakening consciousness. Panditji Srihari Kadambi, MA, has served in Hindu temples in the United States for the last 10 years. His studies specialized in sacred texts and sacred rituals. He will perform two Hindu rituals of worship. Abong Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin and monks from the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery, the second largest community of Tibetan-Americans in the United States, will present several Buddhist practices. Maryellen Baker, an Elder of the Nio-gishic goo Ikwe, will present songs and teachings of her culture and instruct participants in making a "Dream Catcher." Abdullah Pat Aylward, a master teacher in the Shadhiliyya Sufi Order, will present Sufi practices to open the heart to love, healing and wisdom. The $100 fee for the workshop includes a complimentary boxed lunch. Additional information and registration are available on line at

NEW YEAR’s FITNESS – Fitness Together, a premier personal training company serving the Twin Cities, has announced a yearlong "Orientation to a Healthy Lifestyle" seminar series to assist people with living a healthy lifestyle. The series will guide attendees along the path to wellness by providing information from wellness professionals. Randy Zarecki, owner of Fitness Together, will present the debut session on January 24. "Fantastically Fit Fundamentals" will provide tips on achieving your New Year’s fitness resolutions, including specific topics such as ten reasons why fitness programs fail, how to turn your resolution into reality, and the fat-burning zone myth. The seminars will take place at the Fitness Together studio at 1024 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. The cost of the seminar is $35 at the door or $25 if you register before January 15. Free gifts, valuable information and refreshments will be provided at each seminar. To reserve space at the upcoming seminar, call 612.455.2246.

WANTED: WAR VETERANS SUFFERING FROM COMBAT STRESS – If you or someone you know has combat experience from Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., you may be eligible for a stress study. If you qualify, you will receive six free private sessions of an advanced self-help technique that might prove useful for releasing the stress of combat-associated challenges. These sessions will take place near your home or over the phone. This study is sponsored by a private research non-profit not affiliated with any government organization. All personal information is kept completely confidential.

If you have any of the following conditions, please apply to participate in the private study.

• You suffer from flashbacks or intrusive memories

• You have insomnia and/or nightmares

• You are battling alcohol or drugs

• Others have mentioned to you that ‘something is not right’

• You are dealing with anger, anxiety, panic attacks or depression

• You are consumed with grief, rage and/or guilt because you survived

• You feel isolated, unsafe, jumpy, or triggered by other people

• You haven’t sought help for fear of damage to your military or civilian career

To apply for the study and more information, please visit If you have questions after visiting the website, please contact Dr. Kim Eisen at [email protected] or call 612.802-HEAL (4325).

GLOBAL LOVE DAY INVITATIONAL – The Love Foundation presents the Sixth Annual Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational in honor of Global Love Day on May 1. Children of all ages (and anyone young at heart) are invited to share their original creative expression of self-acceptance, unity, tolerance, diversity and global love. Each submission shall be based on the theme: "Love Begins With Me." All entries must be postmarked by March 31. For more information, previous awards, printable flyers and guidelines, visit or e-mail [email protected].

SYMPATHYTREE.COM LAUNCHES NEW SITE – A new website recently was launched that allows people to create an online memorial to pay tribute to ones they have loved and lost. Designed using the latest web technology, SympathyTree lets users easily create a stunningly elegant and rich online memorial in three simple steps and then share it with their friends and family, who can add to the conversation with stories, videos and imagery. SympathyTree [] was created to help individuals honor their deceased loved ones and provide them with an environment of communal support to assist in the grieving process. Friends and family, including children and grandchildren, can visit this online memorial anytime from anywhere in the world. They can celebrate the life of a person by adding their own thoughts or stories, as well as cherished photos and videos. Unlike other sites that are primarily online obituaries, SympathyTree utilizes web 2.0 technologies that make it extremely intuitive to create and easy to share. It allows people to start new conversations or carry existing conversations about the deceased through multimedia. The site can also be used to notify friends and family about upcoming memorial events, charitable donations and events honoring the departed. "We developed this site to let anyone easily build an elegant online memorial," said Louise Zweben, CEO of SympathyTree. "We believe that such a site, with rich stories in words, photos and video, can help family and friends smile, laugh, cry and embrace their loved one’s life in an effort to help with the grieving process and to comfort one another. The site lets children ‘meet’ a grandparent, uncle or an aunt they may have never known and also ensures that the stories of their lives are not forgotten but passed on to the next generation, so that their legacy lives on." In addition to the online memorials, SympathyTree offers a resource guide to help people prepare for and navigate through such difficult times. offers a 14-day free trial period, so that family and friends can, together, build a memorial in the memory of someone they lost, share it with their family members and evaluate it before deciding to pay a nominal annual fee.

NEW CZECH MAGAZINE DEBUTS – Spiritismus, a new European publication featuring spirituality, tarot reading, healing and mediumship, was launched in the Czech Republic in November 2008. The editorial team of Spiritismus is open to receiving submissions of newsletters, articles, stories, personal experiences, and photos and videos related to the subject matter. The article or submission voted most popular among readers on the website will be paid approximately $225. Alongside of the free submissions, Spiritismus is looking for regular professional contributors, where reimbursement shall be considered, by mutual agreement. On January 11-20, Spiritismus is sponsoring the first of a series of three-day workshops for mediumship in Prague, followed by a public event and private readings. All professionals interested in presenting regular workshops and presentations are invited to contact Spiritismus to negotiate event dates and fees. For more information, email Spiritismus Director Nick Lysnar at [email protected] or [email protected]. The website, in Czech, is located at

CORRECTION – Incorrect information was published last month in the printed edition of Edge Life magazine regarding the launch of Cirkla, a new Healing Arts Directory & Online Community. Membership on Cirkla is free, but members who registered before December 31 were not put into the Cirkla Directory free, as was mistakenly printed. For more information, visit Edge Life regrets the error.

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