Friday, November 14, 2014

Secret of Life

Amazing message extremely well said and succint, thank you Jim Carrey from all of us at Roaring Fork Wellness.
Lessons From Jim Carrey's Journey of Life shared in his inspiring speech
at 2014 Maharishi University of Management Graduation
Watch the full speech here

All footages used in this presentation have been obtained from various sources, all copyrighted material has been credited at the end of the presentation.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Go Outside and Play!

Thank You Organic Consumers Association "Un-glue those eyes from the screen! With rapidly evolving technology readily available at your child’s fingertips, it's more important than ever to encourage them to play outdoors." Read more:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fun Way to Change Behavior

"We believe that the easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it the fun theory."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

Did you know that 1 in 4 kids in Colorado is overweight or obese? Your friends probably don't either. Share this infographic with them to raise awareness of  child obesity and why it matters. Visit to learn more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Events for Human Flourishing

"Suzanne Giesemann is the author of eleven books, a spiritual teacher, and an evidential medium.  She captivates audiences as she brings hope, healing, and comfort through her work. Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side provides stunning evidence of life after death. Touted as “a breath of fresh air” with “a quality that is so different from others that it is difficult to describe,” she brings messages of hope and love that go straight to the heart.

Suzanne is a retired U.S. Navy Commander. She served as a commanding officer, as special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, and as Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11.  Today Suzanne addresses questions about the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness. Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., and best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer.  She serves on the executive council of Eternea, where she is the chairman of the Spirituality Leadership Council."

For full details and tickets for Roaring Fork Valley events contact

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Wholeness Project in Glenwood Springs

Mark your calendars for a beautiful day exploring Wholeness in Glenwood Springs, at the height of autumn's color here in Western Colorado. From our location above town, we'll be soaking in views of the iconic Mt. Sopris with the Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys below. Saturday, September 27th, 9:00 - 4:00, $125 includes yummy catered lunch. Message me or email for more info about the day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

COHMI Level 1 - Depression by Dr. Stephanie Stanfield

Dr. Stephanie Stanfield of Glenwood Springs talks about how to relieve depression and changing depressive states.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

10 Day Challenge - Uplift Wellness Now!
When: Anytime

Description: Davi Nikent and MasterMinds 4 Wellness announce the launch of the FREE Uplift Your Wellness Now! 10 Day Challenge. We encourage you to check it out and sign up through the Davi Nikent website ...

The Uplift Your Wellness Now! 10 Day Challenge will provide valuable information about how to further advance your health, energy and happiness. It is exciting to introduce this challenge to all of you.

More Exciting News! Davi Nikent is partnering with Masterminds 4 Wellness to offer a 90-day immersion program that furthers the concepts and practices of the Uplift Your Wellness Now! 10 Day Challenge starting in September.

What is the 10 Day Challenge? It is a collection of 2-3 minute videos delivered to your e-mail inbox once a day for 10 days. Each video contains ONE wellness tip or challenge for you. The videos are brought to you by an impressive group of dedicated healthcare practitioners who have spent decades perfecting their specialty. The Uplift Your Wellness Now! 10 Day Challenge is a powerful tool for your transformation designed to help revitalize your life. And again, it’s at no cost to you. Are you ready to Uplift YOUR wellness?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Health Benefits Of Listening To Music

At some intuitive level we think most of us understand that listening to music can have a profound effect not just psychologically but also physically, nice to find some of rational behind it. Here is a great article by Dr. Mercola. Roaring Fork Wellness
 By Dr Mercola

If you’re a music lover, you already know that turning on the tunes can help calm your nerves, make stress disappear, pump up your energy level during a workout, bring back old memories, as well as prompt countless other emotions too varied to list.

Even if you’re not a music aficionado, per se, there are compelling reasons why you may want to become one, which were recently revealed by a series of new research.

Music Prompts Numerous Brain Changes Linked to Emotions and Abstract Decision Making

When you listen to music, much more is happening in your body than simple auditory processing. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations.

At the same time, the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion, and the prefrontal cortex, which makes possible abstract decision-making, are also activated, according to new research published in the journal Science.

Based on the brain activity in certain regions, especially the nucleus accumbens, captured by an fMRI imager while participants listened to music, the researchers could predict how much money the listeners were willing to spend on previously unheard music. As you might suspect, songs that triggered activity in the emotional and intellectual areas of the brain demanded a higher price.

Interestingly, the study’s lead author noted that your brain learns how to predict how different pieces of music will unfold using pattern recognition and prediction, skills that may have been key to our evolutionary progress. Time reported:

“These predictions are culture-dependent and based on experience: someone raised on rock or Western classical music won’t be able to predict the course of an Indian raga, for example, and vice versa.

But if a piece develops in a way that’s both slightly novel and still in line with our brain’s prediction, we tend to like it a lot. And that, says [lead researcher] Salimpoor, ‘is because we’ve made a kind of intellectual conquest.’

Music may, in other words, tap into a brain mechanism that was key to our evolutionary progress. The ability to recognize patterns and generalize from experience, to predict what’s likely to happen in the future — in short, the ability to imagine — is something humans do far better than any other animals. It’s what allowed us (aided by the far less glamorous opposable thumb) to take over the world.”

Why Music Makes Us Feel United

So far we’ve covered that music is involved in both emotional and intellectual centers of your brain, but music also has an, almost uncanny, ability to connect us to one another.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Lift-Up Needs a Volunteer Lift Up

We need some new volunteers at our food pantries in Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Parachute, and at the thrift stores in Rifle and Parachute. If you have some time to spare, just a few hours per month would really help, and you'll enjoy it! Give us a call at 625-4496 and we'll find the right time and place for you. (Please pass this along to anyone you know that might also be interested.) Lift-Up

Wednesday, July 23, 2014



Walked out this morning
into a broad green garden
with the rising sun in my eyes
and the first hint of the day’s heat
touching my face,
feeling as broad as the garden
and young as the day
and soaking up the heat
in my black tee-shirt,
walked straight forward
out of the gate,
through the wood,
along the river,
toward the mountain
and thought of the future
I could make in the world
if I walked toward it
like this,
with my face toward the hills
and my eyes full of light
and the earth sure
and solid beneath me,
walking on
with a fierce anticipation,
and a faithful expectation,
with the sun and the rain
and the wind on my skin…

From RIVER FLOW: New and Selected Poems
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

Photo © David Whyte: July 2014
Sun Behind Sycamore Trees,
Littondale, Yorkshire.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


"Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. They have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don't forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance. Add to some water, along with lemons and sip throughout the day!" 
Thank You Food Matters

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Just Stunning

"A view of the complete Kalachakra Sand Mandala constructed for the 33rd Kalachakra Empowerment in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India on July 8, 2014. (Photo by Manuel Bauer)" Thank You Dalai Lama

Monday, July 7, 2014

How Sitting Too Long Affects the Body

"This is why employee wellness programs are taking off the way they are. More and more research is coming back proving that things need to be done differently, whether it's moving more at work, or making sure that life outside of work can sustain a lack of movement at the desk." Thank You The Wellness Bridge

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Smart is the New Dumb

 We have been a fan of Exuberant Animal for a long time. Here is another fantastic article from Frank. Here he discusses something we think about rather frequently, that is, is technology causing us to lose the sensory of experience of being alive? Are we losing a sense of body, joy in moving, interaction with our natural enviornment? Are we becoming digitally numb? Read on.
Roaring Fork Wellness

"Smart is the New Dumb"

by Frank Forencich on March 29, 2014
Note: This essay was first published in Paleo Magazine

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
Pablo Picasso

“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.”
Karl Marx

 This will come as a surprise to many of our so-called “digital natives,” but back in the Paleo, people actually experienced their bodies and the world directly, with no outside intervention. We used our nervous systems to feel our flesh, our habitat, our movements and each other. We used our inborn proprioceptors, interoceptors, chemoreceptors and other sensory organs to know our experience and our tribe.

And it worked.

For several million years in fact.

But today, we stand poised to throw it all away and replace our innate physical intelligence with artificial sensors, “wearable devices,” “heads up technologies,” “smart fabrics,” “FitBits,” “Body Media” and “personal informatics.” Apparently, the human nervous system–the most sophisticated system in the known universe–just isn’t good enough anymore.

The consequences of this mindless love affair with all things digital will be immense. The mammalian nervous system is without question the most sublime creation in the known universe; we are just beginning to scratch the surface of its structure, function and potential. New discoveries in neuroplasticity and epigenetics reveal the power of training and practice to shape our bodies and behavior; we know how learning and skill development work at the cellular level. We know that transformation comes with concentrated attention and high quality repetitions. But rather than building on these discoveries with actual experience, we are taking a wild leap over our native capability, diving head first into a synthetic, disembodied future.

To be sure, some of these “smart” devices will be put to good use, in clinical, therapeutic or scientific settings. But when they’re mass-marketed to the general public, these technologies will simply serve as prosthetic devices for people who don’t need prosthetic devices. As a consequence, the body’s innate intelligence will begin to atrophy.

This effect will be similar to what happens when we consume substances that are normally produced by the brain or body. That is, exogenous substances tend to displace their endogenous counterparts. If you’re taking large amounts of morphine, cocaine, marijuana or testosterone, the body will cut back on the production of its native analogues. Similarly, once we strap on external sensors, our native capacities for sensation will begin to fade away.

Our culture seems fundamentally incapable of learning from experience. From stone tools onward, every technological invention in human history has come with an upside and a downside. But today, we are infatuated with flashing lights and drunk on our own cleverness. Our new technology, so small and clean and perfect, appears to be neutral and nearly free. But the downside will be even more distance from our bodies, from the land and from our experience.

In particular, advocates of “smart” devices seem to be either ignorant or in denial of the social consequences of their inventions. The human body comes pre-wired with mirror neurons and a social resonance circuit that allows us to transmit and understand human emotion. We have an innate, physical capacity to feel what other people are feeling. This system allows us to synchronize and coordinate emotion and behavior, a crucial factor in both Paleo and modern settings.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Glenwood Springs Saturday Farmer's Market Starting!

The first market of the 2014 season will be June 28th Saturday in the Rite_Aid parking lot!! Expecting a light run of early season fruits as the frosts this spring affected the supply but not the fantastic flavor of freshly picked produce. Spring greens, alfalfa clover and wildflower honey, Plum Daisy's award winning organic jams and home made breads including wheat, foccochias, and cinnamon raisin.

This is just a partial listing, updates to continue coming.....stop by and check us out for yourselves!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

DIY Solar Food Dehydrator

Cool solar food dehydrator for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Click on the link below for step-by-step instructions.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Losing Weight May Require Some Serious Fun


If you are aiming to lose weight by revving up your exercise routine, it may be wise to think of your workouts not as exercise, but as playtime. An unconventional new study suggests that people’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward and, ultimately, whether they drop pounds.

For some time, scientists have been puzzled — and exercisers frustrated — by the general ineffectiveness of exercise as a weight-loss strategy. According to multiple studies and anecdotes, most people who start exercising do not lose as much weight as would be expected, given their increased energy expenditure. Some people add pounds despite burning hundreds of calories during workouts.

Past studies of this phenomenon have found that exercise can increase the body’s production of appetite hormones, making some people feel ravenous after even a light workout and prone to consume more calories than they expended. But that finding, while intriguing, doesn’t fully explain the wide variability in people’s post-exercise eating habits.

So, for the new study, published in the journal Marketing Letters, French and American researchers turned to psychology and the possible effect that calling exercise by any other name might have on people’s subsequent diets.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Yampah Vapor Caves High Water Miracle

This is a miracle that has only happened 2X's in the last 25 years. Mother nature has energetically cleanse the caves for the last week with an incredible flood of the clearest, purest Yampah Hot Springs water we've ever seen. Part of this phenomenon was caused by two new hot springs that flow out of the wall in our lower Cave #3 during high runoff years. Caves are open today and about 5° hotter than normal. It's a great time to be in Glenwood Springs.

We know you're going to LIKE IT!

The Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Five reasons to visit Glenwood’s Downtown Market Every Tuesday This Summer

The Tuesday farmers’ market known as Glenwood’s Downtown Market opens June 10, at Centennial Park at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue. Celebrating 10 years, the Downtown Market is a thriving summer staple in the hot springs town.


1.       Taste the season. Try olive oils, freshly baked bread, Colorado wines and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Vendors are eager to showcase and share their locally grown and lovingly made products.  Many offer samples to try. Top crops to try in the early months of summer are tender lettuces, arugula and apricots; as the season matures look for cherries, eggplant, green beans, basil and tomatoes.

3.       Free music. Throughout the 14-week season the Market hosts musical entertainment. The season opener features award-winning songwriter and performer, Frank Martin playing everything from Texas swinging waltzes to Louisiana Zydeco.

4.       Because variety adds spice. There’s always something special going on at the Market. Find out what’s happening on a particular Tuesday at or just show up to see what’s going on. A highlight of June 10th Market is Glenwood Springs Garden Club’s annual plant sale. The Glenwood Springs Parks Department will also be giving away tree seedlings until they’re gone!

5.       Connect with the community. The atmosphere at the Market is low key and friendly. It’s a great place to connect with people – visitors and locals alike. Why not ask a local for recommendations on other great things do in Glenwood Springs?

Find out more about the 2014 Glenwood Downtown Market including a list of vendors, music lineup, demo schedule and more at  Learn more about all of Glenwood’s summer events and activities at

For more information and to book reservations please visit; 888-445-3696. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Denver or 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116.


Friday, June 6, 2014

What is Green Tea Good For?

By Dr. Mercola
Aside from pure water, green tea is arguably one of the healthiest beverages around, with research pointing to impressive health benefits for your heart, bones, weight, vision, and even your brain.
Tea comes from the evergreen plant called Camellia sinensis. It's the processing that gives it its color and taste. For green tea, the leaves are unoxidized (not exposed to oxygen), and this minimal processing may help to keep the beneficial antioxidants intact.
If you're interested in improving your health, and specifically your brain health, green tea is definitely worth considering.

Green Tea Boosts Brain Health

In a new study of 12 healthy volunteers, those who received a beverage containing 27.5 grams of green tea extract showed increased connectivity between the parietal and frontal cortex of the brain compared to those who drank a non-green tea beverage.1
The increased activity was correlated with improved performance on working memory tasks, and the researchers believe the results suggest green tea may be useful for treating cognitive impairments, including dementia. According to the study authors:2
"Our findings provide first evidence for the putative beneficial effect of green tea on cognitive functioning, in particular, on working memory processing at the neural system level by suggesting changes in short-term plasticity of parieto-frontal brain connections.
Modeling effective connectivity among frontal and parietal brain regions during working memory processing might help to assess the efficacy of green tea for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia."
In this case, the researchers also suggested that the effects might have been strengthened if the volunteers had consumed a pure green tea extract, as opposed to a green tea-fortified beverage. And that is one of the great things about tea – if you don't enjoy it as a beverage (or if you only drink it on occasion), you can still get the health benefits by consuming it in supplemental extract form.

How Else Might Green Tea Benefit Your Health?

Your brain is only one part of your body that might benefit from green tea, which is recognized as an abundant source of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenol, and other antioxidants. So what else is green tea good for?
Reduced Mortality and Chronic Inflammation
Drinking green tea is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, as well as mortality due to heart disease. Research also shows holistic benefits to green tea consumption, including lower blood pressure, oxidative stress, and chronic inflammation.3
Heart Health 


Monday, June 2, 2014

Master Energy Therapist at Soul Food

Master Energy Therapist at Soul Food, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

THIS SAT June 7th and next Sat June 14th!!!! 

Advanced Energy Cultivation Meditation and Enlightenment
“Take A Dip in The Flow’. W.Martino-

Wilm’s classes are fun, sim-ple and often life changing. Former monk of both Zen and Yoga traditions. Trainings with: Ammachi, Thich Nhat Hahn. Qigong with with two world re-known teachers: Yang Ywing Ming– And Master Chen A Taoist priest and beloved teacher to thousands worldwide.

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Upcoming courses: Includes-video/audio downloads. Text and Work-book. 3 E-books by Wilm. This same program has been delivered for $1200.00 a person in dozens of locations with groups in the hundreds. With Soul Food Sponsorship-$197.00. Welcome.

Experience: -The Breath of Consciousness-Breathing techniques are one thing but breathing patterns that happen naturally are much more effective.
-Entering the Flow-Simple things you can do in your daily life to up your energy.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

How Not to Be Offended

There is an ancient and well-kept secret to happiness which the Great Ones have known for centuries. 

They rarely talk about it, but they use it all the time, and it is fundamental to good mental health. This secret is called The Fine Art of Not Being Offended. In order to truly be a master of this art, one must be able to see that every statement, action and reaction of another human being is the sum result of their total life experience to date. In other words, the majority of people in our world say and do what they do from their own set of fears, conclusions, defenses and attempts to survive. Most of it, even when aimed directly at us, has nothing to do with us. Usually, it has more to do with all the other times, and in particular the first few times, that this person experienced a similar situation, usually when they were young.

Yes, this is psychodynamic. But let’s face it, we live in a world where psychodynamics are what make the world go around. An individual who wishes to live successfully in the world as a spiritual person really needs to understand that psychology is as spiritual as prayer. In fact, the word psychology literally means the study of the soul.

All of that said, almost nothing is personal. Even with our closest loved ones, our beloved partners, our children and our friends. We are all swimming in the projections and filters of each other’s life experiences and often we are just the stand-ins, the chess pieces of life to which our loved ones have their own built-in reactions. This is not to dehumanize life or take away the intimacy from our relationships, but mainly for us to know that almost every time we get offended, we are actually just in a misunderstanding. A true embodiment of this idea actually allows for more intimacy and less suffering throughout all of our relationships. When we know that we are just the one who happens to be standing in the right place at the right psychodynamic time for someone to say or do what they are doing—we don’t have to take life personally. If it weren’t us, it would likely be someone else.
This frees us to be a little more detached from the reactions of people around us. How often do we react to a statement of another by being offended rather than seeing that the other might actually be hurting? CLICK TO CONTINUE AT SOURCE

Friday, May 30, 2014

Planting in the Forest Garden

Come learn to plant vegetables with your children! Fat City Farmers offers one hour workshops for families at the Roaring Fork High School garden.
We will tour the greenhouse and garden, show children how to plant in the forest garden, share gardening tips, harvest something to taste and read a garden story. Please bring your water bottle and sun hats. All ages, all people welcome. Se habla español.
Come to any one workshop or all, the next 4 Saturdays: May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21
9:30-10:30 or 10:45-11:45
$5 donation to the youth gardening program, or free or whatever you can afford.
A forest garden ( ) is a permaculture model that plants trees, berries, perennial herbs, and annual vegetables in a mix so that they each will grow optimally. It mimics a natural woodland.
People who come for a workshop orientation are welcome to adopt an area of the forest garden for their own use to plant and harvest what they wish in that area. It is essentially a community garden, and there is no charge. We want people to plant and use the space.
Call Illène: 274-1622 for more information

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

National Sunscreen Day

Did you know it's National Sunscreen Day? Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has free sunscreen available at the park. You can find it at the guest services booth just outside the gift shop. Stay safe in the sun this summer!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

No Bake Watermelon Cake

The perfect healthy "No Bake Watermelon Cake Recipe" for your summer get-togethers.

•Whipped cream or Coconut Whipped cream (Paleo Version)
•1 Large Watermelon cut in a circle like a cake (see photo above)

1.Cut your watermelon based on the photo tutorial in the post.
2.Pat the watermelon down with wipes to dry it.
3.Frost it with whipped cream
4.Add Almonds to the side
5.Decorate the top with fresh fruit of your choice. I like raspberries and blueberries.