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Natural Healing Series to begin September 6

Have you been intrigued by alternative or complementary medicine? The library will be offering a series beginning Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. and continuing through October. Complementary and alternative medicine has never been more popular. Nearly 40 percent of adults report using complementary and alternative medicine and several different styles will be discussed during the series.

On Wednesday, September 6 Cheri Goltl will present a workshop at 6:30 p.m. via Skype at the library. “The Eyes Have It – How Iridology Can Prevent Health Problems” will discuss a system that was used by the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese. Iridology, the study of the eye was later adapted by the Western world and used by physicians for a number of years in the early 1900’s. Based on fiber structures in the iris, it is possible to assess health in organs and systems and address issues before they become problems. Simple changes in eating habits can improve your health and prevent problems. Cheri Goltl has been working in alternative medicine for nearly 30 years. She has studied naturopathy, is a certified iridologist and aromatherapist, master herbalist, a PPC, and is finishing her PhD in health psychology. She has a line of herbal teas available at She is a family counselor for Youth Alternatives in Cheyenne, WY.

“Meditation for Stress Relief and Health” will be the topic for two programs with Marsha Warren Mittman. On Wednesday evening, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Marsha will talk about the body’s inherent energy system and flow, explaining how and why natural healing modalities such as acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, chi gung, and meditation work. She will incorporate examples and the session will close with a brief relaxing/healing meditation followed by a Q & A. Anyone who is planning on attending the next session, Thursday, September 21 at noon may submit associated items they’d like addressed on day two, time permitting. On Thursday Marsha will give a brief energy system recap (for those who were unable to attend the evening program), followed by four different, simple, non-denominational approaches to meditation. The key to healing, these meditations work – even for those who have tried previously and had difficulty. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A and time permitting, a discussion of participants’ specific interests. Marsha Warren Mittman, author and speaker, has presented meditation, natural healing, human potential, and female empowerment programs in twelve states. Her chapbook, Message from a Goldfish, details the path to awareness. A second chapbook, Patriarchal Chronicles, was accepted for publication and a memoir is currently under consideration. She’s had numerous poems, essays, and short stories printed in American and British journals, magazines, and anthologies including five Chicken Soup for the Soul selections. The recipient of various poetry and prose awards in the US and Ireland, Mittman, a South Dakota resident, co-edited the 2016 Black Hills Literary Journal and is a South Dakota Humanities Scholar. An inveterate traveler, she’s visited over 125 countries on six continents, and forty-six US states.

In October two additional sessions will be held. On Wednesday, October 13 Ted Holman will present “Homeopathy: How IT Works” and Naturopathic Doctor, Linda Kantor will present on Wednesday, October 25. Watch for more information on these programs.

Plan now to attend this informational series. Library programs are free and open to the public, for more questions about this series call the library at 334-3490 or visit the library’s website: