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Students, public guided toward an alternative spiritual health and well-being at the holistic fair

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Attendees could experience astrology, numerology and palmistry readings at the Pueblo Holistic Health and Living Fair on May 15, in the Occhiato University Center. Photo by Zak Bratton

Card readers were a common sight at the Pueblo Holistic Health and Living Fair. Photo by William J. Dagendesh

Providing people with an opportunity to learn the value of the holistic approach to life was the focus of the Pueblo Holistic Health and Living Fair, held Saturday, May 15 in the Occhiato University Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

“People don’t realize their potential, and this event helps guide them toward unlocking that potential,” said clairvoyant Catherine Ralston. “All people need to do is take advantage of the help that is available to them.”

Established in 2000, the Pueblo Holistic Health and Living Fair provides insightful guidance and options to holistic, alternative and spiritual healing, living and well-being. The two-day bi-annual event drew more than 1,000 people, said owner and co-producer Temara Speaks.

“This is an event where you can meet like-minded people, and explore a metaphysical approach to life and living,” Speaks said.

Ralston, who owns and operates, “All is Well Holistic Healing” in Taos, N.M., was one of more than 60 vendors who participated in the fair. Some vendors, which included acupuncturists, massage therapists and psychic readers, traveled from as far as California to participate in the fair.

Participant Sharon Blair talked explained how each of us can have a bright future, and IIga Ann Bunjer shared her views on what happens after death. Tamara Herl spoke about the importance of balancing work, and David Confietto talked about the spiritual mission of UFOs.

Musical sounds from Irish singer/composer Enya filled the air as vendors displayed their wares and greeted the public. Metaphysical merchants offered crystals, essential oils, meditation tools, spiritual music and other hard to find items. Vendors also offered aromatherapy, dream analysis, live blood analysis, reflexology and therapeutic massage.

Readers provided astrology, numerology and palmistry readings. Author and psychic Gene Rallins conducted tarot card readings, while Tawnya Salas talked about the benefits of acupuncture. Psychic reader Robin Rakoff said people don’t realize they have the power to overcome negativity and attain a happy lifestyle.

“Many people doubt themselves because of these tough, economic times,” Rakoff said.  “I believe it’s all about trusting your higher self, and I think we (fair) offer the help people need.”

Some people see the fair as mystical nonsense, Speaks said, while others view participants as scam artists preying on a gullible public.  Hopefully, the fair educated the public as to what these people are all about and what services they offer, she said.

A program list made available to the public provided a brief academic and professional synopsis of the participants.

A clairvoyant for more than five decades, Ralston graduated Cum laude from California State University in Sonoma and is a certified massage therapist. Kamala Easton, an intuitive spiritual reader, holds a doctorate degree, and Mystic Marguerite is a certified astrologer and tarot card reader with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in horticulture.

“For me, astrology and tarot are essential tools by which we can commune beyond time and space, penetrating to other worlds past the worldly plane,” Marguerite wrote in her brochure.

Speaks, who has been involved with holistic health and living all her life, said people respond favorably to the fair, which last week visited Pueblo Community College and neighbor communities.

“Sometimes you have to pry people from this event,” Speaks said, laughing.  “One woman told me, ‘This fair is my church,’ while others have said, ‘Thank you for making a difference in my life.’ People love this fair because it offers something for everyone.”

To learn more about the Pueblo Holistic Health and Living Fair, call 719-547-4883 or visit www.PuebloHolisticFair.com


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