Youth Happiness Camp to Take Place December 16-19
December 2016

The Youth Happiness Camp, organized by International Association of Human Values, ART Excel and YES (Youth Empowerment Seminar) programs, will take place Dec. 16-19. The camp, which is aimed at teens, seeks to help them learn skills to support a healthy body, mind and lifestyle.

“Youth undergo a lot of stress and anxiety, which increases the cortisol levels, which in turn has a negative impact on the focus, concentration, and self-esteem,” explains instructor Mona Shah Joshi. “These workshops teach life-skills, and breathing techniques, which will help improve focus, concentration, leadership skills, better sleep, eliminate stress, and help control their own emotions and mind.” Mona Shah Joshi has been teaching for 20+ years and is the first IAHV youth program instructor. IAHV is a partner with Art of Living organization.

The Youth Happiness Camp takes place Dec. 16-19 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at East Side Bahai Center, 16007 NE 8th St., Bellevue. $200. Registration required. For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-817-2620.

Sadhguru Visits Seattle
October 2016

Yogi, mystic and author Sadhguru will give a talk at Benaroya Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 7–9 p.m. Sadhguru will offer what many call refreshing and unique insights into various aspects of life, ranging from the mundane to the ultimate. Being in Sadhguru’s presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to experience one’s natural state of freedom, love and limitless joy, according to students. The tour will also include the launch of Sadhguru’s new book “Inner Engineering:  A Yogi’s Guide to Joy.”  Sadhguru is presenting readers with a path to achieving absolute well-being through the classical science of yoga and the book offers simple practices that can be done by anyone. Sadhguru is also the founder of the Isha Foundation, as well as a humanitarian and spiritual leader. Sadhguru speaks at some of the world’s most prominent international leadership forums. In January 2007, he participated in four panels at the World Economic Forum and spoke on issues ranging from diplomacy and economic development, to education and the environment. In 2006, he addressed the World Economic Forum, the Tallberg Forum in Sweden, and the Australian Leadership Retreat. He has also served as a delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Peace Congress. Sadhguru’s vision and understanding of modern social and economic issues have led to interviews with BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNNfn, and Newsweek International. His insights are regularly featured in India’s leading national newspapers. A well-known public figure, he regularly draws crowds of more than 300,000 people for his public talks and “sathsangs” (group meditation). Marking a clear departure from mere customs and rituals, Sadhguru’s scientific methods for self-transformation are both direct and powerful, according to proponents. Belonging to no particular tradition, Sadhguru incorporates and presents what is most valid for the contemporary life from the yogic sciences.


Sadhguru’s talk takes place at Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle from 7–9 p.m. on Oct. 5. General seating/$25. Registration required. For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 425-610-7427. Isha.Sadhguru.org.

The Engström Affekt Opens New Fremont Studio
September 2016

The Engström Affekt, the bodywork, acupuncture, and herbal medicine practice of David Engström, has opened a studio in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood in the Fremont Village Square at 3601 Fremont Avenue North, Suite 412, Seattle. With over 20 years of extensive training and experience, Engström says he approaches healing as a process rather than a procedure or political agenda.  “Using a synthesis of Eastern and Western approaches, the goal of my work is to leave your body feeling lighter, lengthened, grounded on your feet, and simply more ‘put together,’” Engström says about the Engström Affekt. Engström entered the health field as a respiratory therapist but says he began to see the shortcomings of the conventional medicine approach, particularly the narrow-focused “fix it” mentality. “With my synthesis of Eastern and Western approaches, I help clients achieve total health with unparalleled results,” he finishes.

The Engström Affekt is located at Fremont Village Square, 3601 Fremont Avenue North, Suite 412, Seattle. For more information: Engstromaffekt.com or 206-938-0682.

Homeless Health Care Nonprofit Celebrates New Name
September 2016

A Seattle-based nonprofit that has been providing free health care to people experiencing homelessness and low income for more than 15 years is inviting the public to their fall fundraiser taking place Sept. 30 and themed “Enchantment … with Care.” The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the downstairs event space at Seattle’s Melrose Market, 1532 Minor Ave. Tickets cost $75 and reservations are requested by Sept. 23. The themed event, sponsored by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, will offer musical and performance entertainment, complimentary wine, tapas and dessert, and a silent auction featuring a variety of items and experiences. Integrative Care Outreach, which recently changed its name from Alternative Healthcare Access Campaign, offers naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and massage at homeless, low-income and transitional communities including Frye Apartments, a low-income housing building in downtown Seattle; Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets on Capitol Hill; ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District; Tent City 3 (location changes every 90 days) andCountry Doctor Youth Clinic on Capitol Hill. The nonprofit group’s licensed health care providers currently offer these services once a month, but with help from donors, the hope is to increase these services to provide more consistent care for its clients. “In medicine, frequency, duration and reliability are important aspects of healing,” said Ellen Sims, LMP, executive director of Integrative Care Outreach. “With serious conditions, when resources are limited and life is unstable, the increase of these aspects are even more crucial. Not to mention it is about the only way to track outcomes with a transient population.” The organization’s new name, Integrative Care Outreach, embraces a shift in the holistic health care industry. “One constant in life is change, and when AHAC hit its 15th year, it was apparent that we must make changes while keeping the mission our focus,” Sims said. “I recently spoke with one of the co-founders of the organization, and she was very pleased and grateful for the change. This whole process has really stimulated growth for our organization and the need for our services.”

To buy tickets for the Sept. 30 event: Eventbrite. For more information or to sign up for the group’s e-newsletters, go to IntegrativeCareOutreach.org or to its Facebook page, Facebook.com/IntegrativeCareOutreach.

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