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Have a Light-Filled Holiday


Homemade, Heartfelt and Joyous

It’s All About We! Co-Creating a Brighter Future

Breathe Easier Tips for Better Workouts


LOVE December 2012

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‘Tis the season of indulgences, including eating all those wonderful holiday foods we love, even when we know they aren’t the most healthful. This is when we forget calories, nutrition and fiber and grab an extra piece of ham, or turkey, or grandma’s exquisite chocolate cream pie, fruit cake, casserole, cookies, sweet potatoes, homemade muffins, and more until it all seems like a sweet blur. We eat our way ravenously into our fat pants, saved for just such an emergency, expecting that in January we will pledge and resolve to exercise all our bulging gains away until we’re back to wearing the skinny pants. It’s all part of the tradition. Our January Natural Awakenings will certainly be filled with healthful ideas for getting underway with those New Year’s resolutions. As a nation, we recently engaged in a discussion centered around the statement “I built it,” implying that some of us created our own successes without the slightest help or support from, and perhaps in spite of, our friends, associates, family, community or shared resources and government. While it’s good to be proud of our own personal achievements, I think we can all agree that we all, without exception, depend on the support, cooperation and contribution of others around us to accomplish much of anything and to gain the resources we need. But, more importantly, when we can all join together with a universal vision to co-create success, amazing things can happen. Presently, we are able to communicate with others around the globe at such speed via twitter, Facebook, smartphones and the net that we are almost a single worldwide conversation. Co-creation and the new “we” is what our December feature article and theme is all about. It’s where we are headed. In this time of resolutions and the bursting of the “I-built-it” myth for the “wewill-create-it” future, as well as this time of thankfulness for the treasures we have, remember those who support you and contribute to your successes and communicate that appreciation. Recently, a few people have surprised me with an unexpected “thank you” for things I do ordinarily. It brightened my perspective for at least the full day of work. We all have our routines, our work and our compensation, but to be recognized and thanked can be a terrific reward when your burdens seem unending. Make one of your resolutions for this holiday season and New Year be to thank everyone who has been a part of your success, your survival, and recognize them as a part of your “we.” As always, I hope you find good things within our pages, and we thank you for supporting us over these many years.


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Conscious Evolution: Why We’re Better Together

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newsbriefs Inlet Yoga First Anniversary


ne year ago on the eve of the New Year, Natural Awakenings announced the grand opening of Inlet Yoga, in Murrells Inlet. Now, on that first anniversary, Inlet Yoga shares with its members and guests a celebration of its success. On New Year’s Eve at 7pm, Inlet Yoga will hold a candlelight yoga class accompanied by live music with Alva Anderson. Shortly after, it will host its celebration party with food, refreshments, live music, henna tattoos and an opportunity to meet and hobnob with the Inlet Yoga instructors, members and friends. On New Year’s Day, you can join several of the all-day, free classes to set the tone for the coming year. At 11am, Maribeth MacKenzie leads a class called “Breathe”. At 12:30 pm, Mimi Rose leads the “Empower” class. At 2 pm, Lauren Davis will lead “Transform”. Also introducing a fresh new year, will be Amanda Wooten, bringing her spa, Elements, to Inlet Yoga, with natural skin care, massage and skin-care products. Inlet Yoga is at 637 D Bellamy Ave, in Murrells Inlet. For more info, call 843-655-6272 and visit

Aramaic Scholar and Mystic Returns to Unity


ale Allen Hoffman, international Aramaic scholar, returns to Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach for a fourth appearance to speak, and lead lectures, classes and workshops Dec. 8 and 9. Hoffman presents an unflinching view into the history of the highest-selling book in human history, the Holy Bible. Learn about the translation of the original Hebrew Torah into Greek Septuagint centuries before Yeshua (Jesus) arrived on Earth. He shares striking insights into the Council of Nicaea, the birth of the world’s largest religion and how its influence has simultaneously fostered and discouraged the expansion of human consciousness. See copies of original Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Coptic, Latin and English texts and learn the significance of the impossibility to fully translate from any language to another, especially when working with


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deeply experiential, mystical Eastern teachings like those of Yeshua. Learn about the translation to the King James Bible, including James’ personal relationships, political beliefs and family history. Hoffman shares insights into the cultural, religious, political and Gnostic sects of the first centuries of the Common Era AD. Was Yeshua an Essene? Who were the Desert Mothers and Fathers? Who were Yeshua’s closest companions? He shares The Jesus Story, which is actually derived almost word for word from Coptic Egyptian mystery school philosophies and ancient Greek mythology. Scheduled events include the 10 am to 3 pm presentation and lecture A Heretics Guide to the History of the Holy Bible, with midday lunch break, Sunday 11am Service at Unity, and the Sunday afternoon 1:30 pm Sacred Feminine Aramaic Toning and Prayer Circle. All events are by donation (recommended $20 to $50) and love offering at Unity, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside Beach. For more info, visit Also, call 843-238-8516 and visit See ad, page 12.

Call for Cover Art and Photography


reative individuals who would like to see their work featured on the cover of a nationally distributed magazine now have an exceptional opportunity: Natural Awakenings is extending a call for cover art and photography and accepting submissions online via a dedicated webpage. The monthly healthy living, franchised publication, available free in more than 80 cities in the US and Puerto Rico, is known for eye-catching covers that feature original works by artists from around the world. “This is an exciting opportunity for artists and photographers to be featured on one of our covers and reach a huge new audience, because our readership exceeds 3.6 million,” says founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman. Selected artists who grant permission to print their work on a cover are featured in a one-third page, professionally written “Cover Artist/Photographer” editorial (bio) that introduces the artist and includes his or her website and contact information. Publisher Keith Waller adds, “Amy Windland, from Columbia, was our cover artist in magazines across the country with her piece Monarch Butterfly.” Natural Awakenings covers reflect monthly editorial themes, and a variety of selections are distributed to all franchise publishers so they can choose which cover they want to run. “Our covers celebrate creativity and our mission of mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life that feels good all the way around,” says Bruckman. “Art and photography that are inspiring, uplifting and occasion-

ally whimsical can unlock our imagination and nurture our spirit.” For more info, including a list of monthly themes, submission terms and format requirements, visit See Amy Windland’s portfolio at

Honoring Active-Duty Military Families

Organizing Made Simple


iane Aversano operates Organizing Made Simple, a service that provides professional services to help you de-stress your life and live simply, by eliminating clutter and disorganization. As a token of her profound respect and gratitude and to thank the United States Military men and women for all they do for us, she is offering $100 worth of hands-on professional organizing services to help eliminate their most stressful areas of clutter. The first 25 to schedule with Organizing Made Simple will receive a prepared Family Binder that holds the papers each family member refers to regularly during the week, all in one place for easy retrieval. Information might include club or sports schedules, school menus, library hours, emergency numbers, babysitter information, or golf numbers. Aversano, a professional organizer, has been eliminating the negative impact of clutter in Horry and Georgetown Counties for seven years. She has helped seniors, moms and others stressed by clutter to simplify or downsize to new or existing homes or offices, helping manage the difficult tasks of clearing out unneeded items, packing, moving and unpacking to a clean, new, organized and peacefully manageable home. As a former certified teacher, Diane enjoys teaching specific tips and strategies to achieve and maintain a clutter-free lifestyle, working hand in hand with clients who are overwhelmed. All work is completely confidential. For more info, contact Diane Aversano at 843-385-1204 or email

Unity Celebrates Birth of Awakened Consciousness


uch has been written about 2012, global shifts, weather changes, governments collapsing and rebuilding, wars and ending of war, economies, the “new earth,” and a new way of being. Mayan and other spiritual teachers continue to tell us that we are witnessing the end of an age and that humanity is making a quantum leap in awakened consciousness. All of the great spiritual traditions have spoken of this time of great shifts in our thinking, beliefs and action. As a spiritual teacher, Patricia Cota-Robles writes: “The paradigm for the New Earth reflects the profound truth that ‘we are one with all life’ and that there is no separation. It also contains the viable solutions that will allow humanity to respond to every situation on Earth with reverence for all life.” Unity Christ Church, a spiritual center for peace education, will celebrate this time of shift and birth of awakened consciousness during the season of the Christ with several events. On Dec. 19, at 6 pm, Unity offers the Oneness Blessing for Awakened Consciousness in the Unity Peace Chapel. On Dec., 22, from 5 to 7 pm, will be the Celebration of Awakened Consciousness with ceremonies of healing, anointing, spiritual communion and blessing. The event will include music and a light dinner provided by Unity. This event takes place during winter solstice and the reported astrological alignment of Earth with the galactic core of the Milky Way. On Dec. 23, at 11 am, Rev. Margaret Hiller leads the Sunday service with Celebrating the Christ, including a Unity communion service. On the next Sunday, Dec. 30, service, Hiller leads the Renewal Service with the annual Burning Bowl Ceremony. Unity Christ Church is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, in Surfside Beach. For more info and details, call 843-238-8516 and visit See ad, page 12.

Staying Light Through the Holidays Yoga and Arm Balancing


ou don't have to be a "yogi master" to balance on your hands. Have arm balances always been a mystery for you? In a new workshop at Secret Lotus Yoga, you will unravel the secrets and mysteries behind using hands the way you use your feet. It all starts with what you put into your body. Find more lightness and lift through proper nutrition, strength, use of core muscles, breath, Drishti and poise. Work on breaking down the most basic arm balance postures, eliminating mental barriers and fear to lifting and loading into the arms. Also, work on proper use of fundamental arm and core work to build strength and advance into bigger lift and into arm balancing poses. If you already

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newsbriefs know sun salutations, you are ready to join this class on Dec. 2, from 11 am to 1 pm. For more info, contact Lyndsay Bahn Trimble, Secret Lotus Yoga, 417 79th Ave, N, in Myrtle Beach, at 843-3332656 or visit

Springbank Eco Retreat for Spirituality and the Arts


s one year draws to a close, the cycle of life continues at Springbank Retreat with a new schedule of programs and retreats that invite participants to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. To close out 2012, Carolyn McDade is leading a workshop, Widening Embrace: A Women’s Retreat, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. “We yearn to create a new human/Earth relationship of reverence and reciprocity in our world,” McDade says. “We desire to create that rightness in all the ways we relate to the sacred whole. As we gather in the promise of circle, opening ourselves into singing, simple ritual, and reflection, we move into a more intimate knowing of the love that moves within all—widening our embrace." McDade is committed to the power of the human voice singing and speaking truth to move society to transformation. She will lead a song fest for the public on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 pm. Donations will be accepted. Starting off programs in 2013, Springbank staff member Theresa Linehan will present Thresholds and New Beginnings: A Contemplative Retreat. It will be held from Friday, Feb. 8, to Sunday, Feb. 10. The program will guide participants through the threshold of a new year, a moment for stepping into fresh and new perspectives. Through prayer, presentations and quiet, the Spirit will guide in new ways of seeing. Wholeness/Holiness Retreat for Women: Opening Minds and Hearts will be led by Margie Hosch on Monday through Saturday, Feb. 11 to16. Hosch has provided marriage and family counseling for more than 20 years, as well as weekends of renewal for Christian women. This retreat is designed to bring together spiritual and psychological aspects of women’s lives. It will bring them a new sense of inner strength and self-nurturing through daily spiritual direction, counseling, creative expression, prayer and silence. Pepper Sarnoff and Faye Townsend will lead Well-Springs: Celebrate Self and Spirit through Creative Movement and Expressive Arts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 20. Both are longtime Well-Springs facilitators and have backgrounds in the arts and as therapists. Participation in this Well-Springs program can lift one’s heart and mind to a greater clarity and lightness, while preparing for change and


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growth. Powerful music, playful movement, and integrative reflection will be used to reshape minds, open hearts, invigorate spirits, and connect deeply with one another, while experiencing joy and renewed creativity. Exploration of Native spirituality and tradition is a way of connecting with the natural world and one’s Higher Power. Kathy McGrogan, Betsy Bowman and Dot Goodwin will present a 12-Step Retreat for Women on Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22 to 24. They will focus on enhancing prayer and meditation through Inipi (Prayer Lodge) and the Chanupa (pipe) ceremony. Participants also will be able to experience reflective time outdoors at Springbank. The three facilitators bring many years of interest in Native spiritual practices, as well as experience in counseling. Program fees include lodging and meals. For more info, contact Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree, or 800-671-0361 or See ad, page 38.

Giving True Thanks Reneé Lewis


hile hard work is necessary to reap the rewards of any endeavor, we can never succeed entirely alone. The “I built it” mentality expressed during political campaigns initiated a discourse in which most of us have realized the importance of working together and supporting one another. In that light, Reneé Lewis—CCMT, RMT, RT(R)(M)(MR), ARRT, aura photographer/reader, Usui Reiki master/teacher, Chios® master/teacher and crystal healer—who opened her new office in Myrtle Beach, wishes to share her thanks for those in the community who supported her relocation and debut in the Grand Strand area. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to The Yoga Room, Secret Lotus Yoga, Life in Balance, Majestic Massage, Dr. Dong and the Alternative Health Clinic, and Natural Awakenings magazine for supporting me and making it possible for me to expand to serve our community. Also, thanks to everyone for celebrating with me at my open house. This was a very exciting event for me, and I wanted to share it with everyone. Namaste all and blessed be!” Contact Reneé Lewis at 4810 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, at Alternative Health Clinic, 843-241-0609, visit, and see the Community Resource Guide, page 36.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Jan. 14 through Feb. 8


t Carolina Power Yoga’s Teacher Training, you’ll be challenged, grow, transform, and upon graduation, be empowered with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to confidently teach yoga, or take your personal practice to

a higher level. Foster your love of yoga to become a professional yoga instructor, or enjoy a yoga immersion at the beach, gain a strong yoga education, and bring this empowering practice into your life. Learn the techniques to most effectively teach students of various levels and abilities. You’ll be encouraged to embrace your authentic self and strive toward your full potential through asana, pranayama, meditation and Carolina Power Yoga’s teacher training protocol. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be a certified yoga instructor, and may register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT. With certification, you will be qualified to teach Power Vinyasa yoga, as well as variations of Vinyasa and interdisciplinary yoga classes, including Gentle Vinyasa and Yoga Fusion. Embark on this four-week opportunity to bring yoga’s wisdom and peace into your life, and the lives of students, by establishing a self-affirming and fulfilling career as a yoga instructor. For more info, call 843-695-9642 or visit

Beach, contact Linda Calvanico at 843-655-0839 or e-mail For more info on Anaerobic Studio, in Myrtle Beach at the Myrtle Beach Mall, contact Ana Silvia Grullon Mincey at 843-272-0229 or visit See ad, page 24.

After the Storm Zumba Cardio Fitness

Spirits Lift Despite Hurricane Sandy

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hile pumping iron and pounding the pavement may be fine for some who work hard to stay fit, fitness can also be fun. With its trademark quote “ditch the workout and join the party,” many, including some men but primarily women, are taking dance to a new level, with an intensity and adrenaline that makes it great for fitness, but, most importantly, fun to do regularly with friends. Ana Silvia Grullon Mincey recently opened Anaerobic Studio in the Myrtle Beach Mall near Briarcliff. With many aerobic classes, Zumba of all types, and Pilates, she has created exercise plans for all levels, ages and capabilities that incorporate fun into exercise. She also offers belly dance, Latin dance, body sculpting and even chair Zumba, so that absolutely anyone can find the right exercise routine. While Ana has been a resident of Myrtle Beach for many years, she still speaks fluent Spanish from her birthplace in the Dominican Republic, and teaches Spanish and English classes at her studio when fitness classes have ended. The entry to her studio is an art gallery featuring works by local artists. In Surfside Beach, Linda Calvanico is opening a franchise Brickhouse Cardio Club, the first in South Carolina, which is part of a 50-club chain of fitness cardio clubs featuring Zumba. Linda became a licensed Zumba fitness instructor in March of 2010 and joined the Zumba® Instructor Network in August of 2010. She is also licensed to teach Zumba Toning®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Sentao® and Aqua Zumba®, and is AFAA certified in group exercise and holds a current CPR/AED certification. She has hosted several area Zumbathon® fundraising events, a master class, a ZIN Jam™ session, and volunteers at a local assisted-living facility by offering free Zumba Gold® classes for the residents. For more info on Brickhouse Cardio Club, in Surfside


fter one of the largest storms on record hit the Northeast, devastating the shorelines of New York and New Jersey and uprooting the status quo in surrounding states, locals saw a new kind of energy emerge among the populace. Kelly Martinsen, publisher of the Long Island edition of Natural Awakenings and a resident of Long Beach, NY, joined the corps of volunteers who are helping families and businesses dig out of the ruins of their once beautiful beach town. In turn, her magazine’s advertisers and neighboring publishers reached out to share their office space, homes and other heartfelt help to keep her own business afloat. “While I have lost much, I feel blessed to have lived through this event,” says Martinsen. “I was able to experience the wonderful nature of people helping people in the days after the storm.” Tina Woods, publisher of Natural Awakenings’ New York City edition, changed the role of her delivery truck

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newsbriefs from distributing magazines to carrying food to residents and volunteers assisting Gerritsen Beach neighborhoods, in Brooklyn. She also participated in recovery work along the Jersey Shore and collaborated with her advertisers to raise $1,000 for relief efforts. Woods observes, “In times like this, you know what it means to truly be local and look to the people immediately next to you to get by.” To join or support coordinated Hurricane Sandy relief efforts vetted by Charity Navigator, visit

Smith Medical Clinic Supports Health Care for the Uninsured


ver had to choose between needed medical care and groceries for the month? For one in three low-income adults in Georgetown County, being uninsured means asking this question every time they get sick. Forced to trade one necessity for the next, affordable health care options are limited for the 17,000 uninsured Georgetown County residents. For many, Smith Medical Clinic is their only solution. Smith Medical Clinic, located on the Baskervill Campus, in Pawleys Island, has existed since 1985 to provide free primary, preventative and other basic heal thcare services to low-income, uninsured Georgetown County residents. Every year, with the help of 134 volunteers and generous support from the community, Smith Medical Clinic sees more than 2,100 patients in more than 6,000 clinic visits. The Smith Medical Clinic receives no state or federal funding. Instead, the clinic depends on donations from patients, private foundations and caring members of the community for support. A large amount of the community support comes through the annual giving program, Patient Partners. Patient Partner giving levels range from $250, which provides complete medical care to one patient, to $7,500, which covers the cost of a specialty program such as cancer screening for an entire year. Anne Faul, Executive Director of Smith Medical Clinic, helped initiate the program last year. “We consistently heard from community members that Smith Medical Clinic was the best-kept secret in Georgetown County, and we wanted to create a program that could involve everyone in the mission of the clinic,” Faul said. “These days, we all know someone


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who doesn’t have medical insurance, and when people hear that they can provide complete medical care for a patient for only $250 a year, they get excited and realize they can make a big difference in someone’s life.” Inspired by the mission of the clinic, Dave and Terri DeCenzo, of Pawleys Island, became Patient Partners in 2011. “It means a lot to know we are in a community that cares for everyone’s health regardless of their financial situation,” Terri DeCenzo said. “I think that when you are a part of a community, you must embrace people of all walks of life. It is important to recognize that we are better when we help bring other people up. The entire community is raised up when we help others along,” DeCenzo said. Lucille Jones of Murrells Inlet decided to become a Patient Partner after learning she could help provide health care to her most vulnerable neighbors. “Today, the cost of health care for the insured is extremely high; just imagine the cost for the uninsured to receive medical care,” Jones said. Jones knows if the tables were ever turned, Smith Medical Clinic would be a source of help and peace. “If circumstances were to ever change and I was to find myself uninsured, I know I would receive quality care and my human dignity would be preserved at the Smith Medical Clinic.” To learn more about Smith Medical Clinic and becoming a Patient Partner, visit or contact Anne Faul at 843-237-2672.

OLLI Free Week to Sample Classes


sher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of the Coastal Carolina University is offering another Free Week to sample classes and meet the instructors Jan. 8 through 10 for the next spring session of classes that will continue to May 24. OLLI offers more than 350 courses for seasoned adults, including art, photography, computer technology, foreign languages, history, government, literature, writing, music, film, theater, personal growth and skills, religion, science, philosophy, natural history, excursions and international travel, plus dozens of free-with-membership clubs. Classes are offered at three different education centers, and each will be hosting classes for Free Week on different days: at the Myrtle Beach Education Center, 900 79th Ave N, on Jan. 8; Waccamaw Higher Education Center at 160 Willbrook Blvd, in Litchfield, on Jan. 9; and at the Foundation Center, in Conway, 2431 US 501 E, on Jan. 10. Meet OLLI instructors and staff. Enjoy free lectures and demonstrations of courses and clubs. Access the OLLI website and online Web Advisor. Register for OLLI membership, classes, parking permits. Discover cultural and wellness benefits of OLLI membership. For more info, to receive the printed catalog by mail or the weekly newsletter by email, visit


One-Size Meditation Does Not Fit All


n intriguing study recently posted online by Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, suggests that new meditators are most likely to stick with the practice and reap its healthful benefits if they select methods with which they are most comfortable, rather than those that are most popular. In one of the first studies to compare meditation techniques head-to-head, author Adam Burke, a professor of health education at San Francisco State University and the director of its Institute for Holistic Health Studies, taught 247 participants four popular methods—mantra, mindfulness, Zen and qigong visualization. He asked them to choose which they preferred to practice at home for six weeks before techniques were evaluated. The simpler methods, mantra and mindfulness, each were preferred by 31 percent of study participants. Zen and qigong were selected by about 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Burke says the results showed the value of providing people new to meditation simpler and more accessible methods, and also emphasized that no one technique is best for everyone. He hopes to see more comparative meditation studies, especially to determine if particular methods are better at addressing specific health issues such as addiction. “If that’s the case,” he advises, “health care professionals would be able to guide patients toward techniques that will be most effective for them. Additional studies are also needed to determine if there is a way to predict which method will be best suited for any particular individual.”

A Wise Man’s Gift for Arthritis Sufferers


rankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from Boswellia trees native to Africa, is an age-old herbal remedy that may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, according to scientists at Cardiff University, in Wales. “The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one,” says Dr. Emma Blain, who led the research with co-investigators Professor Vic Duance, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, and Dr. Ahmed Ali, of the Compton Group. The team believes they have been able to demonstrate that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana—a rare frankincense species—inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that causes the condition. The African Somali people have long used extracts of frankincense as a traditional remedy for arthritis. “Our research achieved the use of innovative chemical extraction techniques to determine the active ingredient in frankincense,” says Ali. “We will now be able to further characterize the chemical entity and compare its success against other anti-inflammatory drugs used for treating the condition.”

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Raisins Yield Pressure Relief


or individuals seeking a natural way to keep slightly elevated blood pressure in check, eating a handful of raisins each day might do the trick. New data presented at the American College of Cardiology 61st Annual Scientific Session suggest that among adults with hypertension or mild increases in blood pressure, routine consumption of raisins may lower readings, especially compared with eating other common snacks. The researchers noted that raisins are packed with potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure, and are also a good source of antioxidant dietary fiber, which may favorably alter the biochemistry of blood vessels, enabling them to be less stiff. The study helps validate some current nutrient recommendations, such as 60 raisins—about a handful, containing one gram of fiber and 212 milligrams of potassium—as being helpful in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in three (28 percent) of American adults have prehypertension, defined as a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg. Researchers cautioned that their study was small; larger trials are needed.

Giving Begets Happiness at Every Age


o give is better than to receive,” is a maxim that appears to hold true even for the very young. A new study co-authored by three psychologists at Canada’s University of British Columbia observes that giving makes toddlers happier. The study, published in PLOS One, an online journal of the Public Library of Science, found that toddlers younger than 2 were happier when giving treats to others than when receiving them. They were also happier when they gave their own treats away, rather than an identical treat that didn’t belong to them.

Stop Wasting Food


t’s time to step up to the plate—but not waste what’s on it. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten. Each year, we are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion in discarded food, making it the single largest component of solid waste in America’s landfills and costing the average family of four between $1,350 and $2,275 annually. About two-thirds of household waste consists of spoiled food that’s not used in time; the rest is caused by people cooking or serving too much food. Learn easy steps to reduce food waste via the NRDC free online fact sheet at StopFoodWaste.


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Nutty Way to Help Preserve Cognition


alnut consumption is associated with better memory scores and cognitive function, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the Prevención con Dieta Mediterrnáea study, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health, results show that a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with olive oil or one ounce of mixed nuts, half of which are walnuts, is more beneficial than a low-fat diet when it comes to body weight, blood pressure, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. The nutrient-dense walnuts provide antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Both are key nutrients with antiinflammatory properties that help protect brain cells from the oxidative damage associated with cognitive decline.

Pitfalls of NoFat Salad Dressings


or those thinking about balancing a rich holiday meal by choosing a low- or no-fat salad dressing, consider this: To get the most nutrients from leafy greens and vegetables, we need to pair them with a healthy fat. A recent Purdue University study showed that the more “good� fat there was in a salad, the more carotenoids diners absorbed. The researchers found that vegetable oils rich in monounsaturated fats like olive oil, or polyunsaturated fats like sunflower oil, help the body absorb essential carotenoids and other nutrients and increase their bioavailability in the intestines. The study also found that eating bread with butter with a salad was also beneficial, although to a lesser extent.

Citrus Fruits Lower Risk of Stroke


opular winter citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit come with an unexpected health benefit: eating them may lower the risk of ischemic strokes (clots), especially in women, per a study reported in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers analyzed 14 years of follow-up data from the National Institutes of Health Nurses’ Health Study, which included 69,622 women who reported their food intake every four years, including details on fruit and vegetable consumption. The study discovered that a high intake of flavanones, a subclass of flavonoids found in the greatest concentrations in oranges and grapefruit, was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke. In the study, the presence of flavanones came primarily from oranges and orange juice (82 percent) and grapefruit and grapefruit juice (14 percent). However, the researchers recommended that consumers increase their citrus fruit intake, rather than juice consumption, to avoid the sugar in many commercial juices.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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Dramatic Decline in Los Angeles Air Pollution Legendary late-night TV host Johnny Carson made the thick, automobile-generated smog that covered Los Angeles the butt of jokes for decades, but times have changed. In the past 50 years, California’s Los Angeles Basin has shown a 98 percent decrease in levels of some vehicle-related air pollutants even as area denizens now burn three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel. Between 2002 and 2010 alone, the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) dropped by half, according to a new study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. “The reason is simple. Cars are getting cleaner,” says Carsten Warneke, a NOAA-funded scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Primarily emitted from the vehicle tailpipes, VOCs are a key ingredient in formation of ground-level ozone, which at high levels can harm people’s lungs and damage crops and other plants. The magnitude of the drop in VOC levels was surprising, although it doesn’t mean that ozone levels have dropped as steeply, because the air chemistry is complex. Levels of ozone pollution in the basin are down, but don’t yet meet US Environmental Protection Agency standards. Warneke expects the decrease in VOC emissions by cars to continue, given that engine efficiency continues to improve and older, higher polluting vehicles will be taken off the roads. Source: American Geophysical Union (

The Christmas Star Will Bullas Combining award-winning artistic skills with a humorous point of view, Will Bullas makes fine art fun. The whimsical birds and other animals that populate many of his watercolors reflect the artist’s ebullient sense of sparkle and mischief; plus, he often titles the quirky wildlife works with zany one-liners. Bullas has been drawing since he was a youth. His first professional pieces were pencil portraits of fellow soldiers in Vietnam sent to loved ones back home. Returning from military duty, he enrolled in the Brooks Institute of Fine Art, in Santa Barbara, CA, and graduated with a degree in oil painting. Today, Bullas is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society; in 1986, he was also elected to membership in the Knickerbocker Artists of New York. His art currently enlivens a wide range of products, including high-fashion T-shirts, note cards and coffee mugs, and his books, A Fool and His Bunny and A Fool Moon, include introductions by fans Clint Eastwood and Doris Day. When asked about the source of his inspiration, Bullas replies: “Absolutely everything—books, music, television… even listening to friends tell stories can evoke some kind of imagery for me. Life is a bottomless well of ideas.” View the artist’s portfolio at


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When the Warm Get Going Global climate change is a real, measurable phenomenon, according to a new study, based on the National Audubon Society’s North American Christmas Bird Count. It found that avian species have taken decades to adjust their ranges northward in response to warming winters. Frank La Sorte, a researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, NY, and lead author of a study supported by the National Science Foundation, says in the Journal of Animal Ecology that because birds are highly mobile and migrate north and south with the changing seasons, they are better able to shift their ranges than less mobile, non-migrating species, such as amphibians. “It makes sense that species move slower than the rate at which climate is changing,” says La Sorte. “Many of them need to follow a prey base and a type of vegetation, or they need certain kinds of habitat that will create corridors for movement. Species are responding under their own time frame.” The challenge for humans is daunting. “We have to give species the opportunity to respond by providing corridors for movement and longterm maintenance of those corridors,” says La Sorte. “That requires cooperation across political boundaries.” Source: ABC News.

Charles Best, founder of, has enabled his organization to provide a record $40 million in funding for 300,000 US classroom projects, simply by personalizing public appeals for charitable giving. When potential donors enter their personal interests, an online database supplies a list of corresponding classroom projects. For example, artists might consider funding a silkscreen press for an art class. Hikers can purchase trees for a classroom to plant. When the funded project is completed, the donors receive a note from the teacher, along with photos. maximizes the personalization potential by asking the participants if they want to post their donation on their Facebook wall, where friends may read the post and feel compelled to make their own donation. Teacher-generated Facebook project updates garner even greater success; these two types of Facebook status updates have so far raised a combined $1.9 million. Source:

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Kwanzaa Celebration Spreads The 46th annual Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, may be observed by as many as 18 million people this year. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of black studies, as a celebration to honor the values of ancient African cultures and inspire African Americans working for social progress. The name comes from the Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means, “first fruits of the harvest.” Its seven principles are believed to have been key in building strong, productive families and communities in Africa: unity, selfdetermination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, a sense of purpose, creativity and faith. Source:

Many Tongues

Human Rights Day is Dec. 10 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948. Now, the office of the high commissioner for human rights has been awarded the Guinness World Record for having collected, translated and disseminated the declaration into more than 380 languages and dialects, from Abkhaz to Zulu, making it the world’s most universal communication. The work sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women everywhere are entitled, without distinction. It was drafted by representatives from all regions and legal traditions, and has over time been accepted as a contract between governments and their peoples. Visit

Coming Clean

Environmental Hall of Shame From shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste to laundry detergent and window cleaners, hundreds of chemicals of unknown origin and effect can be found everywhere in our daily lives. Some are regulated by government agencies, but many are not; some cleaning products, for example, are not even required to list their ingredients on labels. The research team at the nonprofit consumer watchdog Environmental Working Group has released a new Cleaners Hall of Shame database ( that ranks more than 2,000 household cleaners by how hazardous their ingredients are and how much information is on their labels. Many products contain ingredients known to cause asthma or are contaminated with carcinogens. Even so-called “green” products aren’t necessarily any better. Many of them boast of ingredients made from plants, rather than petroleum, but there is little or no safety data for some plant-based ingredients. A truly green product poses few risks to health or the environment and transparently informs users of its content.

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Lucky Nutrition Opens at University Commons, Across from Coastal Carolina University


ndrew Allen, an AFAA certified personal trainer and boot camp instructor, recently opened Lucky Nutrition with the mission of exemplary customer service, competitive pricing and contributing to the health of the community. Along with the help of Sally Collins, who holds a degree in wholistic nutrition, Andrew was able to create this enterprise by drawing from his more than 10 years of expertise, product knowledge and experience garnered from having operated three franchise nutritional supplement stores. They actually work side by side: Sally focuses on her used clothing and jewelry store, Recycled Rooster, which is divided from Lucky Nutrition by a glass wall and connecting doorway, while Andrew minds Lucky Nutrition. This way they can both support one another efficiently with customer service and product information. “A lot of nutrition is missing in the everyday foods we consume, and with our busy lifestyles, we need to close the gap with good quality multivitamins, supplements and sometimes proteins,” explains Andrew. “Most people walk into any nutritional store and are overwhelmed and confused. It’s like when your car breaks down and you lift the hood for the first time—it’s overwhelming and stressful.” Andrew has the product knowledge to help explain how supplements support nutrition and health, and can put it in simple layman’s terms that everyone can understand. “I suggest that people bring in the vitamins or supplements they are taking, along with their food journal of what they eat daily, and I’ll help them come up with a simple, efficient plan to accomplish their health goals,” Andrew adds. “I may recommend dietary changes that can be made at the grocery store, instead of our store.”

The location, near Coastal Carolina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College and Miller-Motte, might suggest that his clients are all college age, but, in fact, he offers support to people of all ages with very different goals. “Putting on muscle, taking off weight, or taking supplements for pregnancy that helps the mom and baby or helps someone older maintain muscle density—it’s any age or nutritional goal,” according to Andrew. The area also includes the Conway Hospital and a plethora of medical offices, supporting Allen’s plan for staying busy at Lucky Nutrition. The store logo features a horse named “Lucky.” Why is that? “Healthy as a horse is something we all know,” Andrew explains. “A horse is beautiful, strong and eats ‘clean,’ and I thought that offered the best iconic image for the business.” Being a certified personal trainer, Andrew feels he can work closely with other trainers in the area, and has an “affiliate” program for trainers with special pricing that they can pass along to their clients, and Andrew can provide additional product information and support at the store. He also promises to come as close to or beat Internet pricing, and offer the customer support that you can’t get online. If you are unable to come in to Lucky Nutrition, Andrew has even be known to drive out to clients’ homes to deliver, and will do so if you are a reasonable distance from the store. “We like to do a little more to show respect for the elderly and veterans by giving back to them with a little extra service and kindness.” For more info, contact Andrew Allen at Lucky Nutrition, 201 Graduate Rd, Conway, at University Commons, 843347-0518 and visit Facebook. com/luckynutritioncenter. See ad, page 19.

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then we experience everything more through the eyes of love.

The Institute of HeartMath has discovered that the magnetic field generated by the heart—what’s measured on a magnetometer—is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. HeartMath research has also demonstrated that when we’re in a positive emotional state, our hearts beat in a coherent rhythm that causes all the other systems in the body—including the brain, immune system and hormones—to work more efficiently and harmoniously. Their research shows that experiencing this regularly leads to better health, slows the aging process and brings us greater creativity, resilience and happiness.

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What are the seven doorways to practicing unconditional love revealed by your own research?

How Unconditional Love Harmonizes Our World

Marci Shimoff Explores its Transformative Power by Judith Fertig


self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff, is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love—Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Love for No Reason: 7 Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, and co-authored six bestselling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

What is the old way of looking at love, versus the new paradigm shift you propose? We’ve been trained to think of love solely as energy between two people, usually experienced as conditional love—we feel love if the other person agrees with us, treats us a particular way or loves us back. But love is actually the essence of who we are, and when we live in a state of unconditional love, what I call “love for no reason,” we experience our essence that is love, which doesn’t depend on another person, situation or romantic partner. It is the core of every spiritual tradition.

Why do our ways of loving often seem inadequate? We each have a “love set-point,” the upper limit of our ability to give and receive love. We can’t feel more love by trying to change the outside—by relying on others to fill us up—because it will never work in the long run. We need to raise our love set-point higher; 16

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We can use any life challenges to help us grow and find fresh avenues of lasting fulfillment. Success and money don’t guarantee happiness, and I know that from my own wake-up call. In 1998, I had three of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books on The New York Times bestseller list at the same time. One day, I spoke to 8,000 people and autographed 5,432 books and felt like an author rock star. Yet when I returned to my hotel room that night, I burst into tears. All of the success was great, but it still hadn’t made me happy. That’s when I began my intensive study of happiness and love.

Does science support our capacity to daily experience and deepen a love for all things? Science is finding that there is a neurophysiology of love. Studies by researchers in major institutions worldwide show that we can do simple things like breathe more deeply, walk barefoot on earth, listen to uplifting music or practice meditation that will support us in experiencing more unconditional love. These activities create greater heart rhythm coherence and new neural pathways in the brain.

How does having a heart that’s open to unconditional love benefit us?

I’ve interviewed hundreds of people that are living examples of unconditional love. I’ve found seven access points to experiencing more love: safety, being grounded and present; vitality, energy and well-being; unconditional self-love, feeling empowered; openness, being comfortable giving and receiving love; communication, listening and speaking with love; vision, seeing through the eyes of love; and oneness, feeling connected with the greater wholeness of life.

How does one person’s loving larger bless our families, communities and world? The more we experience love, the more we spread love to others. Our feelings are contagious. This idea is beautifully expressed in an ancient Chinese proverb: “When there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. When there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. When there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” Connect with Marci Shimoff at Judith Fertig, of Overland Park, KS, is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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It’s All About We Conscious Evolution: Why We’re Better Together by Linda Sechrist


fter decades of studying issues of environmental destruction, poverty and war, Malcolm Hollick, PhD, author of The Science of Oneness: A New Worldview for the Twenty-First Century, concluded in 2006 that a better future for humanity requires a more wholistic worldview. It must be one that reflects the evidence of both new sciences and established spiritual traditions, all of which point to a deep unity, or Oneness, the grand reality underlying and often belying the superficial testimony of the senses. Hollick concluded, “We become open to the experience of this unity only when we recognize at the deepest intuitive level that we do not exist as separate selves.” The founder of the Findhorn College


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Foundation, in Scotland, recognized that while the old worldview has disintegrated, the concrete of a new one has not yet set. He also observed how the acceleration of scientific findings— advancing knowledge and understanding of the universe, as well as the meaning and purpose of life—would continue to influence the general worldview. Within a decade, of the publication of his book, hard scientific evidence across many disciplines— particularly physics and biology—as well as pioneering ideas and anecdotal evidence presented by leading philosophers and authors, affirmed the existence of a reality in which everything is connected and linked in a coherent whole.

Such thinking further revealed that evolution has equipped humans with genetic wiring for co-creation, cooperation and collaboration. Martin A. Nowak, a professor of biology and mathematics at Harvard University and co-author of Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, explains that most great innovations of life have resulted not from competition, but cooperation, the real “master architect” of evolution. Nowak believes that figuring out how cooperation comes about and breaks down is the key to human survival as a species. Books such as The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us, by Lynne McTaggart, a scientific researcher and award-winning journalist, and The Golden Motorcycle Gang: A Story of Transformation, co-authored by motivational speaker Jack Canfield, are helping individuals to see through the illusions of the old “survival of the fittest” and “I win, you lose” paradigms into one expressed in terms of connectedness and relationships. This new “Me-We” thinking and way of being

“We’re one humanity, and we’re all in this together.” ~ Jack Canfield

has been spreading; it now informs everything from enlightened environmental stewardship to economics, as well as health and spiritual well-being.

How Community Works Canfield emphasizes the valuable lesson of collaboration and cooperation he learned while working for W. Clement Stone, a philanthropist and self-help author: When working together, focus on overlapping goals and interests, and not on differences. In Chicago, IL, where the Eat Fresh Eat Local movement sparks successful collaborations, the focus is on food, rather than issues of race, sex or economic disparity. There, hundreds of people are growing food together in communal spaces on city-owned land, privately owned empty lots and rooftops, as well as in school gardens, food forests and urban farm sites.

“Self-reliant, community-operated urban farms and the food centers that retail the produce to residents in surrounding neighborhoods—some in the city’s most isolated and impoverished communities—are economic drivers that create jobs,” says Erika Allen, projects manager of Chicago’s Growing Power office. The daughter of national organization founder Will Allen notes that local workshops resemble a crosssection of the world. “Participants from different countries, cultures and economic levels come together for three meals a day, where we connect, share perspectives and learn from one another.” Another successful initiative, Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC), brings together the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Office of the Regional Health Administrator of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Chicago Medical Society and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. The BHC agribusiness project develops and maintains a system of more accessible food supply, distribution and markets where people live, work, play, pray and learn.

“The transformation of our society, world and universe starts and ends with the transformation of ourselves… and in this way to co-create with others and Spirit a person, a community, a civilization, a planet and a cosmos that are whole and harmonious.” ~ Malcolm Hollick Neighbors in Milwaukee, WI, organized park cleanups with the longrange goal of replacing crime and litter with learning. Now, Riverside Park, once an area of urban blight, has both a college-level field research station and grade school outdoor classroom, offering innovative school, adult and community programs operated by the Urban Ecology Center (UEC). Programs

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“We are facing a critical moment in the unfolding of our human story, and feel called to create pathways to a better future.” ~ Craig Hamilton

serve 44 schools and have spawned two branches in Washington Park and Menomonee Valley to serve residents in those areas. The UEC’s latest project, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, the River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee County Parks, private businesses and local landowners, is an arboretum that will protect and restore 40 acres of land for native species and wildlife habitat along the Milwaukee River. “With the creation of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, southeastern Wisconsin has a new, biologically diverse space for growing future environmental stewards,” says UEC Executive Director Ken Leinbach. He particularly likes creating spaces and resources that give people that wouldn’t normally connect a place to bump into one another.

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sive dialogue among diverse populations. At Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA, recent environmental study grads Dana Rubin and Hannah Blackmer met Frances Moore Lappé when she visited to share the message of her book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. As a result, the pair embraced the need to shift their view of the world away from looming negatives to focus on creating positive connections and meaningful relationships that recognize life’s interdependence and fuel constructive change. After more research, the duo built a simple website named Convenient and created a blog before commencing a coast-to-coast, 100-day, solutions-oriented journey last summer. They posted nearly 30 “webisodes” of heartfelt interactions with individuals and organizations with stories to tell, like the group at 2100 Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter, in Cleveland, OH, that is using small-scale, practical and cost-effective solutions to lessen their impact on the environment. “The personal stories we heard affirm what we learned from Frances—that it’s possible to locally solve global problems together,” advise the sojourners, who travel in a greasepowered car. “Learn to think beyond negative thought traps that engender fear,” advises Lappé. “Thinking, ‘There isn’t enough to go around, so I have to grab what I can now,’ for instance, focuses on separateness and lack, which is precisely what got us into the state we are in.”

Starting Within A big-picture, more-whole-systems perspective forms naturally when individuals come together to explore the power of building intentional coherence. The Art of Hosting (and convening conversations that matter), World Café, Vistar Method for Circles and OpenSpace collaborations leverage technology for the practice of mindfulness to foster deeper connections, authentic conversations and outside-thebox ideas, all contributing to a more enlightened collective intelligence.

One’s own new world perspective can even emerge as a result of a dark night of the soul, as Patricia Ariadne, PhD, author of Drinking the Dragon, has observed with clients that have undergone a personal metamorphosis as a result of the economic downturn. “Often, the entire process of transformation indicates a spiritual initiation— a renewal or rebirth—that acts as an induction into a level of expanded consciousness and new relationship with Spirit,” remarks Ariadne. “True spiritual progress inevitably leads to a desire to be of greater service to others, to go from ‘Me to We,’ which I believe is our mandate for the 21st century.” Living mindfully can literally change our brains, states Jon KabatZinn, PhD, in the introduction to A Mindful Nation, by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, which reports on the supporting science. “Mindfulness… can improve our capacity for perspective taking and decision making, and enhance our emotional intelligence and our ability to act with clarity and wisdom, alone and in concert with others.” Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester. “A peaceful revolution is being led by ordinary citizens across our nation,” confirms Ryan. “At the core of it is mindfulness—finding ways to slow the mind, pay attention to the present moment and see how you are connected to others and can work in a spirit of

“My experience has convinced me that fixing the many problems that beset us requires nothing less than ripping up our rulebook and starting afresh, based on something other than every man for himself.” ~ Lynne McTaggart

“What you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” ~ Desmond Tutu cooperation with get things done.” The inner impulse to recognize the deeper unity of all life and sense the reality of Oneness is bubbling up within individuals, small groups and organizations, and finding expression in writings and teachings, according to Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution. Individuals that feel compelled to join with others in expanding their consciousness to help foster systemic change and a culture of a higher order are invited to find a compatible group. Hubbard offers webcast training for Agents of Conscious Evolution (ACE), now 3,000 members strong; Craig Hamilton, founder of Integral Enlightenment, provides an online telecourse called Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life. “Evolutionaries sense that we are facing a critical moment in the unfolding of our human story and feel called to create pathways to a better future,” says Hamilton. He notes that the 35,000 participants in his most recent introduction to his webcast were interested in where they could find a supportive community of kindred spirits committed to living life on the same level. He states, “We instinctively know that we can accomplish more together.” A partnership with The Shift Network, which empowers a global movement of those intent on creating an evolutionary shift in consciousness, has enabled Hubbard, a featured sage in the documentary Awaken Soul to Soul, and her ACEs to launch a global initiative to mark the inauguration of a sustainable planetary civilization on Dec. 22. Thousands of individuals are now working in collective hubs across the United States to prepare for the

Planetary Birth Day celebration. An initial concern for many individuals seeking to experience Oneness is, “What happens to my identity?” Christopher M. Bache, PhD, professor emeritus in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Youngstown State University, in Ohio, reassures us that within the matrix of connectivity, individuality is not suffocated, but paradoxically liberated into deeper forms of self-expression. “While opening to the collective fields that surround us melts the boundaries of the private ego, bringing about the ‘death of self’ noted in spiritual literature, as the ego dies, a deeper form of individuality is born— not an isolated individuality, but one that thrives in subtle give-and-take,” explains the author of The Living Classroom: Teaching and Collective Consciousness. While the idea of a future in which American and other cultures reflect oneness can seem distant and idealistic, it is already present in South Africa’s Xhosa community in the form of Ubuntu, a worldview which means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” According to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Ubuntu iterates the essence of being human and speaks to the fact that it’s impossible to exist as human beings in isolation. We are people through other people. “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected, and what you do affects the whole world,” he observes. “When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

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A Cornucopia of Delicious Treats


here’s nothing so comforting as the scent and taste of homebaked treats. To fill a home with cheer, try these delectably healthy recipes. Some are gluten- or diary-free, others pack less butter and sweeteners (thus fewer calories) than their typical counterparts, and a few are vegan (containing no animal products, including honey). All are perfect for holiday celebrations, hostess gifts or exchanges.

Gluten-Free Apricot Scones

These scones freeze well and taste even better the next day, warmed for

30 seconds in a microwave. Serve with apricot jam or honey. Yields 8 servings (342 calories per serving) 1½ cups brown rice flour ½ cup tapioca flour 1 /3 cup potato starch 2½ tsp baking powder 2½ tsp xanthan gum ¼ cup natural cane sugar ½ tsp salt ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed 5 eggs (divided) ½ cup plus 1–2 Tbsp plain low-fat yogurt ¾ cups dried apricots, finely chopped

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½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract 1 Tbsp water ¼ cup turbinado sugar Preheat oven to 350° F. Sift together first 7 ingredients (brown rice flour through salt). Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a separate bowl, whisk together 4 eggs, yogurt, apricots and extracts. Add to flour-butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Dust work surface with brown rice flour. Turn out scone mixture and pat into a nine-by-nine-inch square. Cut scones into desired shape or use a biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Whisk remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush mixture over scones. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

Apple-Walnut Coffee Cake

Here’s a favorite yummy treat for festive brunches. Guests and family will never guess that this decadent indulgence contains much less butter and sugar than a typical coffee cake.


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Yields 16 servings (239 calories per serving) ¼ cup light brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2¼ cups whole-wheat pastry flour (divided) ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup maple sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk (1 percent) 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter pan sides and top of parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and ¼ cup flour. Cut in ¼ cup cold butter until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles a streusel topping. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together ½ cup room-temperature butter and maple sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift remaining 2 cups flour, baking soda and salt into egg-butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool before releasing from pan.

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1½ cups unsweetened coconut, shredded 1½ cups natural cane sugar 1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ cup water ½ cup canola oil 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 1 cup cherries, dried Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together

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flours, carrot, coconut, sugar, oats, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together water, oil and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry. Mix to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, pecans and cherries. Scoop batter by 2 tablespoons each onto a baking sheet, pushing in any stray pieces. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for 2 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These lightly sweetened, butter-free muffins evoke the scents and tastes of the holidays. With fewer carbs and calories than regular sugar, the concentrated fruit-juice reduction also adds moistness; look for all-natural options, such as Wax Orchards’ Fruit Sweet. Yields 16 servings (145 calories per serving) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground allspice 1 cup pumpkin purée 2 /3 cup fruit-juice reduction (or light agave nectar) ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup coconut milk ½ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded 24

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1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted ¾ cup dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups. Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin purée, fruit-juice reduction or agave, oil and coconut milk. Stir wet mixture into dry until just incorporated (do not overmix). Fold in coconut, walnuts and dried cranberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Healthy Red Velvet Cupcakes

These moist cupcakes use spelt flour for a lighter texture, more protein and fewer calories than wheat flour. Avoid artificial colors by using vegetablebased food coloring, or make your own. Yields 8 to 10 servings (352 calories per serving) Cupcakes 1½ cups white spelt flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed) ½ cup natural cane sugar ½ cup melted coconut oil (or safflower oil) 2 eggs at room temperature ¾ cup buttermilk at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp lemon juice 3 tsp natural red food coloring

Agave Cream-Cheese Frosting 8 oz Neufchâtel (reduced-fat) cream cheese at room temperature 3 Tbsp plus 1 tsp agave nectar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp cornstarch Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a muffin tin with 8 to 10 cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray. Place flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Sift cocoa powder into the bowl. Whisk until well blended. Place sugar, oil and eggs in a separate large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add buttermilk, vanilla, lemon juice and food coloring. Whisk lightly until combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until mixture comes together. Do not overmix. Gently spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 10 minutes and test with a toothpick. If it doesn’t come out clean, turn pans and bake another 3 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before frosting. (Or store in an airtight container until ready to frost. Do not refrigerate, which dries them out.) Beat cream cheese, agave and vanilla together. Sift cornstarch over mixture and blend until smooth. Frost cupcakes just before serving.



The Luminous Web Why We Are One by Barbara Brown Taylor

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~ Chief Seattle, 1855


hat I see is an infinite web of relationship, flung across the vastness of space like a luminous net. It is made of energy, not thread. As I look, I can see light moving through it as a pulse moves through veins. What I see “out there” is no different from what I feel inside. There is a living hum that might be coming from my neurons, but might just as well be coming from the furnace of the stars. When I look up at them, there is a small commotion in my bones as the ashes of dead stars that house my marrow rise up like metal filings toward the magnet of their living kin. Where am I in this picture? I am all over the place. I am up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. How could I ever be alone? I am part of a web that is pure relationship, with energy available to me that has been around since the universe was born. Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. God is the web, the energy, the

space, the light—not captured in them, as if any one of those concepts was more real than what unites them—but revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. It is not enough for me to proclaim that God is responsible for all of this unity. Instead, I want to proclaim that God is the unity—the very energy, the very intelligence, the very elegance and passion that make it all go. This is the God who is not somewhere, but everywhere; the God who may be prayed to in all directions at once. The “I am who I am,” in whom everything else abides. For the moment, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate “I ams.” When the fog finally clears, we shall know that there is only One. Excerpted from The Luminous Web, by Barbara Brown Taylor, with permission of Cowley Publications.

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t’s easy to take breathing for granted. But tune in to your breath—when, say, halfway through a sun salutation or headed for a finish line—and you’ll find that it not only feeds muscles fresh oxygen, but also indicates whether it’s time to increase the intensity of the activity. To get the most out of every breath, follow these exercise tips from acknowledged experts.


With closed lips, breathe in sharply and deeply through the nose. Then purse the lips as if trying to blow out a


candle and exhale through the mouth. While running, breathe in for one step and out for two. “The rapid inhale and slower exhale in this technique fills lungs from the bottom,” explains Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running. “Breathing exercises help take in more air when inhaling and empty lungs completely when exhaling. Muscles receive more glycogen, which lowers the chances of their cramping up.”

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Exhale through the mouth when lifting weights and inhale through the nose when lowering them. As a rule of thumb, take two seconds to raise weights and three to four seconds to lower them. “Focusing on your breath keeps your brain in the game, so you’re more likely to pay attention to overall form,” says Tom Holland, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer and fitness consultant in Darien, CT.



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Use the Hindu breathing method called ujjayi, in which the lungs are fully expanded. First, inhale once with the mouth open, and then exhale the same way, making a “Ha,” sound. Then close your mouth and continue making the same sound while inhaling and exhaling through the nose (it will resemble the rushing sound that Darth Vader makes in Star Wars movies). “Your breathing is the barometer of all your poses,” says Elena Brower, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, in New York City. If you’re gasping for air, back out of the pose. “Always give preference to deeper breathing over deeper postures,” advises Brower. This controlled breathing technique is largely responsible for the yoga buzz that helps keep students coming back for more.

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“The key to breathing on a bike is to go in through the nose and out through the mouth, and to be as relaxed as possible,” Holland counsels. As intensity increases on climbs or long rides, breathe more forcefully—deeper, quicker inhalations through the nose and rapid exhalations through the mouth. “The more relaxed your breathing is, the more relaxed your entire body will be,” says Holland. “Relaxed breathing conserves energy, prevents fatigue and improves endurance.” Using forceful breaths when you’re tired also sends more energizing oxygen to muscles to help counter fatigue. Source: Women’s Health online © 2012 Rodale Inc. All rights reserved; used with permission.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Gingerbread House Factory w/Barefoot Barista (time: TBD). Make your dream Gingerbread House - we provide all the fixins and clean up the mess. Get in the Christmas spirit, for the whole family. $25/family. Barefoot Barista Restaurant Coffee House and Tea Rooms, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Isl, 843-957-7803, Rivertown Reindeer Run 5K in Conway−8am. Winding through historic downtown Conway, begins and ends at the Marina Park. Benefits the American Red Cross. Runners and walkers are invited to wear their holiday attire. Racers can park in the County’s parking lot just off 2nd Ave. Bathrooms at start/finish locations. Water stop on the route and hot and cold foods and beverages at the finish line. Race day registration will be available 7am. $23, S a c r e d Ta n t r i c D a n c e w / B e l o v e d Heartsong−10am-5pm. Intro to Sacred Tantric Dance for women- a dance form of the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. All ages, no dance experience necessary. Not about moves or looking good but about allowing ourselves to be danced by the Divine. Saturday &/or Sunday 12/1 and 12/2. $122 each day, 2nd day goes deeper. The Yoga Room 196c Stonebridge Dr., MB, 843-450-9402, Everyone Can Meditate w/Kristi Marie Thompson−1-3pm. Feeling stuck in a rut? Heal Your Life® Instructor teaches simple methods of meditation and imagery that have powerful results. Learn the psychological and physical benefits of meditation. $15. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, Myrtle Beach Full Moon Drum Circle−69:30pm. Singing, and chanting, and howling and dancing to the sound of the drums, the smell of the sage, the spirit of celebration. Meets every month on the Sat nearest the full moon, MB State Park, Shelter B6, Alcohol prohibited. Cheryl, Sumter Fantasy of Lights–6pm. Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, opens 12/1, then every evening through December, Opens Sumter Poinsettia Festival 2012. Twinkling holiday imagery created by more than one million lights, floating Christmas tree, holiday favorites. Free. 800-688-4748, ? Bach & Handel for the Advent Season w/Carolina Master Chorale & the Long Bay Symphony−7pm. Outstanding vocal soloists present a pair of seasonal classics from the Baroque Era. Bach (Christmas Oratorio, Part I) and Handel (Selections from Messiah). Single tickets can be purchased from Carolina Master Chorale at 444-5774. Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 North Kings Hwy, MB. Bhakti Night w/Adam Bower−7pm-9pm. Bhakti Yoga-One of the lesser known and yet perhaps

most powerful forms of yoga, this is the yoga of devotion, practiced via kirtan - or chants. Typically done to guitar, often with drum and harmonium. Songs are simple, just one or two lines repeated, like exercise for the mouth. Something truly magical happens. $10 suggested donation. The Yoga Room 196c Stonebridge Dr., MB, 843-450-9402,

founder of the International Healing Art Institute, and she is inviting you to share this sacred space. Please bring a blanket & pillow! Love Donation Appreciated. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Drive, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717,


Reiki Training Level 1 w/Donna Stead−6-8pm. Learn the healing arts of increasing your "Chi" and up-leveling your life. Learn tools for self care and healing self and others. $125 for 3 two-hour sessions, (total 6 in all). The Yoga Room, 196c Stonebridge Dr, MB, 843-450-9402,

1st Sunday at Unity - Family Feast Potluck–Noon, following 11am Celebration Service. Bring something to share and visit with community. Vegan & Vegetarian appreciated. All are welcome. 843238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, Staying Light Through the Holidays: Arm Balancing w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble −11am-1pm. Demystify arm balancing through the use of proper nutrition, breath, focus and strength building. Basic arm balance postures will be explored. For all levels with knowledge of sun salutations. Pre-register. $25. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E MB. 843-333-2656; Women’s Devotional Prayer & Chanting Special Event w/Rev Jeanne Porter Ashley & Joyce Ripp−1-3pm & 6-8pm. To set the stage as holy ground for women to gather together to express their sacred self in sound; to remember the sisterhood; To co-create a widening circle of community with Spirit. With Jennifer Berezan chants/stylings/ music/inspirations. Love donation. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Om for the Holidays Gift Fair @ Inlet Yoga−25pm. Yoga inspired gifts for everyone on your list. Try a SoyVeda Ayurvedic candle or perhaps a Dr. Hauschka Skin Care product, jewelry from Om Sweet Om, an Inlet Yoga gift certificate, tee shirts andprops. Stop by for a chair massage and a holiday treat on us 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, Bach & Handel for the Advent Season w/Carolina Master Chorale & the Long Bay Symphony−4pm. Outstanding vocal soloists present a pair of seasonal classics from the Baroque Era. Bach (Christmas Oratorio, Part I) and Handel (Selections from Messiah). Single tickets can be purchased from Carolina Master Chorale at 444-5774. Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1100 8th Ave N. NMB.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Meditation Circle w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−6-8pm. To share love & support each other & to feel that we are together in the ascensionGalina is an Energy Attunement, Reiki, Sacred Heart and Sound Healing Teacher/Healer, certified Hypnotherapist, co-


Unity Healing & Prayer Service w/Olivia Rose−6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, prayer, hands-onhealing. Love offering. Unity Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Doggies & Divas - A Fashion Show−6-9pm. Hosted by Elegantz at Swillies Hideaway, to benefit the Humane Society of NMB. There will be doggies and divas on the runway, artists displaying and selling their art and a women’s apparel trunk show, appetizers, a cash bar w/drink specials, door prizes and drawings, and a silent auction. The stars of the show will be the pets for adoption. Tickets are $10; seats are limited. Swillies is at 1021 2nd Ave N, NMB. For tickets and info: Sandi Chapman at 843-281-6402,, facebook. com/elegantzinc.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 How to Manifest Your Soulmate w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−6-8pm. We will do powerful meditations to open the heart chakra and let the energy of Love be present in our energy field. You will also receive powerful visualization exercises which you can practice every day. We will create an energy connection with our Soul Mates, and much more. Admission: $25 Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Drive, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717,

DECEMBER 7-8, 14-15, 20-22 Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen Gardens come to life with 5,500 hand-lit candles, sparkling lights and strolling musicians. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. Local choral ensembles, hand bell choirs and jazz groups play classical and current holiday

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favorites and a variety of musicians perform. $16, children ages 4-12 are $7, children age 3 and under free. One of top 20 SE US holiday attractions. Brookgreen Gardens US Hwy17 Bypass, across from Huntington Beach. Pawleys Island. Info:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 A Heretic’s Guide to the History of the Holy Bible w/ Dale Allen Hoffman−10am-3pm (w/ lunch break). International Aramaic scholar, mystic presents an unflinching view into the history of the Holy Bible, the translation of the Hebrew Torah into Greek Septuagint centuries before Jesus, with insights into the Council of Nicaea, the birth of the world’s largest religion and how its influence has simultaneously fostered and discouraged the expansion of human consciousness. Learn about the percentage of “The Jesus Story” which is derived from Coptic Egyptian philosophies and ancient Greek mythology. Love Offering. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, Off the Mat w/Lauren Davis, Maribeth MacKenzie & Mimi Rose 11:45 to 12:45pm. 3 class pre-paid series 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, $30 members $45 nonmembers. an exploration of breath, meditation and yoga philosophy take these yoga techniques off the mat  and into your life Registration and prepay required. us 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, Meeting Your Spirit Guides: Journey into Spiritual Awareness w/Deborah Broad, Medium−24pm. Who are these Guides, who help to fulfill our spiritual contract, how do you connect with them directly, & how do Guides affect us in our everyday life? Receive personal message, & learn a guided meditation in order to stay connected. $40 or $35 if pre-registered. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Munay Ki w/Bonnie Sandera−3pm-5pm. Nine rites that heal us and transform our human energy field moving us to the next level. Receive: The Bands of Protection/Power, and the Harmony Rites. The Rites are experienced in the form of energetic transmissions that shift the participant’s energy field. They are a nine step process to heal the wounds of the past – our karmic & genetic inheritance. $40 for instruction, Rites are gifted. The Yoga Room 196c Stonebridge Dr., MB, HYPERLINK "tel:843-450-9402" \o "blocked::tel:843-450-9402" \t "_blank" 843-450-9402,


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Ascension–The New Beginning & the Power of You w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−4-6pm. Explore, create and journey towards personal Ascension and healing. Recognize our triggers, and move past them to find how to work with Ascension symptoms and how to prepare for the Big Shift. Balance energy field with DNA activations and Ascension energy attunements. $30. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, Juice Plus+ Relief Jazz Benefit–7-10pm. Children’S Benefit FOR Baskervill Ministries Food Pantry providing whole foods nutrition for children & families in need. Featuring the Arlin Strader Trio. Raffle for door prize. JDs Steakhouse & Pasta, 13089 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, 843-235-9400. ICRT Reiki I w/Renee' Lewis–[time TBD]. Level 1 beginner class for Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho. Students learn the history of Reiki and how this ancient universal energy therapy works. Students also learn hand positions and how to give a complete Reiki treatment to themselves and others. ICRT class book, certificate and attunement are provided. $150. 4810 N Kings Hwy at Alternative Health Clinic. Pre-register at 843-241-0609 or

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Unity Church Celebration Service w/Dale Allen Hoffman−11am. “The Evolutionary Moment of Truth” Service with prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Youth programs. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, Sacred Feminine Aramaic Toning & Prayer Circle w/Dale Allen Hoffman–1:30-3:30pm. International mystic/scholar offers an intimate gathering of ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and Sanskrit vocal intonations, prayers, conscious breath work and extended meditative silence. Attendees receive free booklet of recommended Aramaic intonation terms, meanings and pronunciations for use in your personal spiritual practice. Love Offering Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, ICRT Reiki II w/Renee' Lewis–[time TBD]. 2nd Degree Advanced Level Cert, Intl Center for Reiki Training. Level 1 Practitioners develop their skills learning new tools for sending Reiki over distance and time. We start by opening the third eye and learning visualization techniques. Students receive an attuned crystal for their 2nd degree attunement and certification. $250. 4810 N Kings Hwy at Alter-

native Health Clinic. . Pre-register at 843-241-0609 or

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Meditation Circle w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−6-8pm. Energy attunement, Reiki, Sacred Heart & Sound Healing Teacher/Healer, certified Hypnotherapist, co-founder of the International Healing Art Institute, is inviting you to share this sacred space, to share love, to support each other & to feel together in the ascension. Bring blanket & pillow. Love donation. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

DECEMBER 12 & 13 Gift of Health - Munch & Learn w/Linda at Inlet Nutrition−11:30-12:30pm. Holiday presents! Healthy ideas for all ages, teachers, colleagues, staff, friends. Select the healthy snacks & drinks from Inlet Nutrition. Gift wrap is free. $10 & up. Munchies provided. Limited space:. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Reserve space: Linda, 843-424-9586.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 Public Reiki Share−7-9pm. Open to All! A gathering of Reiki practitioners joining together for social/ healing session, to gain confidence and friends, for new and experienced practitioners to give and receive Reiki. Honors one another as healers. R.S.V.P. Love donations accepted. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 The Jaw and Feldenkrais Workshop w/Heidi McGovern Feldenkrais practitioner, Physical Therapist. 1-4pm. The Jaw is often tensed unconsciously when you "try too hard" or become nervous, scared, angry or stressed. Become aware of the habit of holding, and promote more ease and range of jaw motion. The movements are gentle and slow and anyone can learn them. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. $35. for new attendees, $30 for returning students. Bring a mat and comfortable clothes/layers. Reserve by 12/10. Rec Center 843-280-5584   Info: Heidi 843-361-8436,,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Living a Life Without Limits w/ Kristi Thompson−1-3pm. Certified and Licensed Heal Your Life® instructor leads intro Heal Your Life® course. Created by Louise L. Hay, author, teacher and lecturer. Learn to truly love yourself through mediations, visualizations, affirmations, discussions and exercises. Bring a journal/notebook and pen. $20 Pre-registration appreciated. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Ascension – The New Beginning & the Power of You w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−4-6pm. Explore, create and journey towards personal Ascension and healing. Recognize triggers, and move past them to find how to work with Ascension symptoms and how to prepare ourselves for the Big Shift. Balance energy field with a powerful DNA activations and Ascension energy attunements. $30. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Holiday Party w/Wellness Council−7pm. A social gathering with a short meeting prior. Meet others in the wellness organizations and businesses. Get to know other members and introduce others to the organization. Friends welcome. Potluck-bring healthy foods to share and a friend or two. Parkland Clubhouse at Legends, off of Hwy 501. RSVP 843995-3199,

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Sacred Mayan Calendar w/, Chet Hosmer−79:30pm. Noted author & speaker examines the sacred elements of the Sacred Mayan Calendar to put this almost lost and forgotten practice into your life. Attendees: Those seeking a deeper understanding of the Sacred Mayan Calendar, curious about the real story surrounding this treasured society. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,


focus, including Unity Communion Service All are welcome. 843-238-8516, Unity, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 Clear & Balance Your Chakras, Energy Field, Body & Soul w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/ Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−6-8pm. Energy of the Sacred Heart Healing, sound healing and meditation will help you to balance your chakras, release the pain, feel harmony and peace, feel better fast and live happier, abundant and productively. Receive blessing/energy & a recorded CD with balancing meditations. Admission: $35 ($30 if pre-registered & pre-paid) Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 15% Off Customer Appreciation Day at Bay Natural & New Life Naturals Last Saturday of every month is 15% off all non sale items. New Life Natural Foods, NMB at Gator Hole, 556 Hwy 17N, NMB 843-272-4436, & Bay Naturals, 76th Ave N & Kings Hwy, MB, 843-448-0011, ICRT Reiki I w/Renee' Lewis–[time TBD]. Level 1 beginner class for Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho. Students learn the history of Reiki and how this ancient universal energy therapy works. Students also learn hand positions and how to give a complete Reiki treatment to themselves and others. ICRT class book, certificate and attunement are provided. $150. 4810 N Kings Hwy at Alternative Health Clinic. Pre-register at 843-241-0609 or

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 Unity 11am Service: Annual Burning Bowl Ceremony w/Rev Margaret Hiller. Renewal Ceremony of release, forgiveness and new beginnings. Love offering. Unity Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516,

Love Healing w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/ Teacher, Intl Healing Art Inst−6-8pm. It’s time to share and celebrate! It’s time to support and uplift! Share 2 hours of meditation, energy and sound healing, Angel healing, energy attunements, with healers. It’s our time to feel Peace, Love and Oneness! Love donation appreciated. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

ICRT Reiki II w/Renee' Lewis–[time TBD]. 2nd Degree Advanced Level Cert, Intl Center for Reiki Training. Level 1 Practitioners develop their skills learning new tools for sending Reiki over distance and time. We start by opening the third eye and learning visualization techniques. Students receive an attuned crystal for their 2nd degree attunement and certification. $250. 4810 N Kings Hwy at Alternative Health Clinic. . Pre-register at 843-241-0609 or



Celebrating Awakened Consciousness w/Unity– 5-7pm. Community gathering for ceremony & celebrating the birth of awakened consciousness on the Winter Solstice and the reported astrological alignment of Earth with the galactic core of the Milky Way. Includes music and meal provided by Unity Center All are welcome. 843-238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info,

Anniversary Celebration w/Inlet Yoga. Holiday and 1st Anniversary Celebration with party and free classes for all. Perfect time to join in and try Yoga for the first time. Dec 31, Candlelight Yoga Class, with live music with Alva Anderson−7-8pm. New Year’s Eve Celebration with light refreshments and the opportunity to meet and greet other yogis. Henna tattoo artist, food, live music and other special events−8-10pm. New Years day, free classes all day: Breathe w/Maribeth MacKenzie−11am; Empower w/Mimi Rose−12:30pm; Transform w/ Lauren Davis−2pm. Membership and class special pricing all month. 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 Celebrating the Christ w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. Celebration Service with Christmas

lookingforward TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 Biggest Loser Contest Begins w/Linda at Inlet Nutrition− Make your New Year’s resolution by preregistering for the 12wk program. Metabolism Test included. $35 with wellness coaching included. Weekly prizes and payout week 12 to the biggest losers. Get healthy, Get Fit and call today. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Linda, 843-424-9586. Gentle Yoga by Candlelight w/Karley Lott−67:15pm. Bring in the New Year with an indulgent, gentle flow of yoga postures emphasizing restoration, rejuvenation and quietude. Culminate with a guided Yoga Nidra meditation setting the intention for a mindful and contented 2013. Pre-register. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E MB. 843-333-2656;

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 Unity Healing & Prayer Service w/Olivia Rose−6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, prayer, hands-onhealing. Love offering. Unity Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

JANUARY 8-10 Free Week for OLLI Classes. Sample Lifelong Learning classes, meet instructors and staff. Free lectures and demonstrations of courses and clubs. Discover cultural and wellness benefits of OLLI membership. Myrtle Beach Ed Ctr, 900 79th Ave N, Jan 8, 843-349-2767; Waccamaw Higher Ed Ctr, 160 Willbrook Blvd., Litchfield, Jan 9, 843349-6584; Foundation Ctr in Conway, 2431 U.S. 501 E, Jan 10, 843-349-5002 Info:

JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 8 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive w/Tara Gurry. 4wk opportunity to bring yoga’s wisdom and peace into your life, and the lives of students, by establishing a self-affirming and fulfilling career as a yoga instructor. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB, 843-695-9365

JANUARY 14-MAY 24 Lifelong Learning Winter/Spring Session w/ OLLI. More than 350 courses for seasoned adults, including art, photography, computer technology, foreign languages, history, government, literature, writing, music, film, theatre, personal growth and skills, religion, science, philosophy, natural history, excursions and international travel, plusdozens of free-with-membership clubs. Learning for the joy of knowing, changing, growing. OLLI@coastal. edu.

JANUARY 25-27 January Juice Cleanse w/Inlet Yoga. Cleanse the body, mind and soul. Detox is a great way to rid the body of unwanted toxins that we may have accumulated over the holidays or over a life time. 1/25-Distribute and Discuss, 1/26-Detox w/hot yoga, 1/26-Group discussion & movies. 1/27-Relax w/restorative yoga. Registration and pricing options: 873-655-6272,

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ongoingevents sunday monday Unity Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Susan Boles, LUT & Lesta Sue Hardee−9:30-10:30am. DVD Series with dialog. Metaphysical Interpretation of Christmas Story Love Offering. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843238-8516,

Kripalu Yoga w/Penny–7-8:15pm. Gentle stretching & Restorative yoga, with breathing techniques, warm-ups, postures, meditation & relaxation. Kripalu teacher. Suggested $10 love offering. Unity Christ Church, Surfside. 843-902-1416,

Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–10am-1pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616,

H e a t e d P o w e r Vi n y a s a w / Ta r a G u r r y, E-RYT−9:30-10:30am. Challenging Vinyasa flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen, detoxify, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, passes available, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 843-695-9642, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB.

Unity Church Celebration Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller & guest speakers−11am Service with prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Youth programs. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, Oneness Blessing w/Unity Blessing Givers– 12:20pm. Held in Peace Chapel after the regular service. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516,


Grand Strand Edition

Buddhist Study Group−7:30pm. Myrtle Beach Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist study group offers a 7 wk course, “Intro to Buddhism”. Group meditation & meditation instruction. Free, donations accepted, not req. Forestbrook Area, MB. Info: 843-655-8056, myrtlebeachkksg@aol. com,

tuesday Hatha Yoga w/Dale Hicks−6-7am. Certified Yoga Instructor. Rise and shine with asanas and pranayama that will lengthen and strengthen the body, focus the mind and uplift their spirit. $12 walk-in, Passes available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 843-695-9642, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT GCFP−10-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. $10 per class or pay by month for $10 discount. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436,, NMB Farmers Market−10am-6pm. Located at City Hall and the new Horry County Library at 925 1st. Ave S, North Myrtle, with covered shelter. Crafts, local foods. Facebook: North Myrtle Beach SC Farmers Market. Deep Truth w/Charlene Yates & Rev. Margaret Hiller−5-5:45pm. (12/4, 11, 18). Based on book by Greg Braden, includes last week of the Mayan Calendar. Explore the discoveries that change 150 years of scientific beliefs. Recorded lecture with Gregg Braden. Bring Potluck and dialog about the topic over dinner−6-7pm. Love offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Inquiring Minds MeetUp Group−6pm. Coming together to set intentionally positive vibrations, discuss and meet. Energy workers, Reiki, crystals, reconnection, trager, massage therapy, healing touch, drum circles, astrology, aromatherapy, essential oils, organic farming and heirloom seeds. Barefoot Barista, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, 843-957-7803,, Facebook: Inquiring Minds. All levels Ashtanga Vinyasa w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−6:30-8pm. Breath work and a powered up flow of fundamental postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels, be prepared to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E (upstairs), MB.; 843-333-2656; Hot Vinyasa w/Dawn−6:30–7:30pm. Using heat to move deeper into asanas, explore the limits of the body while challenging your strength. It’s hot, it’s hard, leave humbled. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, Wholistic Childbirth Class w/Pat Burrell, RN, CHT, CLC, CD (DONA)−6:30-8:30pm. Have the birth you deserve. Comprehensive, informative, empowering, supportive & welcoming. Call to reserve. $350 for 10 2hr sessions. Payment plans available. Info: Pat, 843-213-1393, BeachBabys. org.

December 2012




Seniors Day at Bay Naturals & New Life Natural Foods. Shoppers over 60 get 10% discount Wed at New Life Natural Foods, NMB at Gator Hole, 556 Hwy 17N, NMB 843-272-4436, & Bay Naturals, 76th Ave N & Kings Hwy, MB, 843-4480011,

Fit Club w/Linda Sacchetti−8:30-9:30. Register and exercise together, weekly. All levels welcome. Personal wellness coach with 10 years experience coaching a healthier lifestyle. Registration fee $15 incl T-shirt, hydrating drink & a recovery drink. Meet under the garden City Pier, stretching and Fitness Motivation Minute right after. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586.

Free Metabolism Test w/Linda Sacchetti. Find out your body fat %, pounds of body fat, lean body weight & what your targets should be, by individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Free Spa Beauty Facial w/Linda Sacchetti. Learn the 7 signs of aging and discover the solutions Defy aging for younger-looking skin with antioxidants, aloe vera & glucosamine. By individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–10am-1pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, Tai Chi Chih w/Tommi Whitfield−10:45-11:45am. Certified Instructor. Tai Chi Chih is a set of 19 movements and one pose, totally focused on the development of an intrinsic energy called Chi. Easy to learn - the basics of the 19 Movements and one pose can be acquired in 3 months. A peaceful slow moving form, suitable for all ages and ability levels. All levels. Community class by donation (suggested $6). Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB, Brown Bag Lunch & Book Group w/Rev. Margaret Hiller & Friends–12:30-1:3pm, based on book A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Ashtanga Short Form−5:15–6:15pm. Ashtanga is a sequence that is available and yet challenging for all levels.  This practice is an amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists and adjustments helpful. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, Oneness Blessing−6:30–8pm. (not 1st Wed of the mo), Unity Peace Chapel, Love Offering Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843238-8516


Grand Strand Edition

Gentle Morning Yoga w/Penny–9-10:15am. For all levels & all bodies. Variations on postures for those with medical problems. Suggested love offering $5. Call Penny, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, 843-902-1416, Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, Vinyasa w/Dawn−9:30 11am. All levels practice that is challenging, while giving modifications if needed. If you feel like its time to take your practice beyond the asana, Shanti Yoga combines physical discipline with meditation to heal on all levels. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, Bones for Life™ w/Heidi McGovern PT, BFLT−10-11am. Support your bones with easy to learn exercises developed by Ruthy Alon. Learn what your bones respond to & have fun doing it. $10 per class or pay by the month for $10 discount. Possum Trot Rec Center. Bring a mat. 843-361-8436,, Ovis Hill Farmers Market in Florence−4-7pm. Local farm products, grass-fed beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, dairy & seasonal organic vegetables. At parking lot, 2519 W Palmetto St, Florence. Info: Charlie, 843-992-9447,

friday Ashtanga Primary Series−9:30–11am. A sequence that is available and yet challenging for all levels. An amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists and adjustments helpful. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, NMB Farmers Market−10am-6pm. Located at City Hall and the new Horry County Library at 925 1st. Ave S, North Myrtle, with covered shelter. Crafts, local foods. Facebook : North Myrtle Beach SC Farmers Market.

TGIF Yoga Love Flow w/ Tara Gurry, E-RYT−67pm. Vinyasa Yoga Community Class for singles and couples that want to get their love flowing. All levels. Fun yet mindful yoga focused on expanding your prana while lightening your heart, mind and body. Community class by donation. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. Gamblers Anonymous & Gam-Anon−7:30-9pm. Gamblers Anonymous is for the gambler & GamAnon is for those affected by the gambler. First Baptist Church, 200 Hwy 17S & 2nd Ave S, MB. Info: Chris or Lou, 843-399-9043.

saturday Conway Farmer's Market−8am-1pm. Local Waccamaw grown farm products, crafts and more. 217 Laurel St, Historic Downtown Conway. Market Common Farmers Market, Deville St−8am-noon. Local Waccamaw grown farm products, crafts and more. Yoga Philosophy w/Dawn Yager−8-9:30am. if you're just curious or a teacher wanting to brush up on various topics: the Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Vedas, Karma, Mantra, Sanskrit, pranayama, anatomy (physical & energetic), meditation, the inner working of consciousness. Walk in $15 or class pass. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, Ovis Hill Farmers Market in Florence−9am2pm. Local farm products, grass-fed beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, dairy & seasonal organic vegetables. At parking lot, 2519 W Palmetto St, Florence. Charlie 843-992-9447, Vinyasa Yoga w/Rotating Instructors−10-11am.. Vinyasa flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen, detoxify, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, passes available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. Community Nights w/The Yoga Room Healing Arts−7:30-9:30pm. Movie Nights , Drum Circles, Open Mic Night and Bhakti Yoga nights featuring the Music of Yoga. 12/8 Drum Circle begins at 7:30; 12/15 Movie Night at 7:30. See website for event, cost, what to bring. $5 at the door or donation to Hope House. The Yoga Room, 196c Stonebridge Dr, Myrtle Beach, 843-450-9402.


Osher LifeLOng Learning institute at

Coastal Carolina University

Learning for the joy of knowing, changing, growing!

WInTER / SPRInG LIFELOnG LEARnInG January 14 to May 24, 2013 More than 350 courses for seasoned adults, including art, photography, computer technology, foreign languages, history, government, literature, writing, music, film, theatre, personal growth and skills, religion, science, philosophy, natural history, excursions and international travel, plus dozens of free-with-membership clubs.

FREE WEEK Activities: Myrtle Beach Education Center ~ Tuesday, Jan. 8 843-349-2767 Waccamaw Higher Education Center ~ Wednesday, Jan. 9 843-349-6584 Foundation Center in Conway ~ Thursday, Jan. 10 843-349-5002

Sample Lifelong Learning classes during

FREE WEEK January 8-10

E Meet OLLI instructors and staff.

E Enjoy free lectures and demonstrations of courses and clubs. E Access our website and online WebAdvisor. E Register for OLLI membership, classes, parking permits. E Discover cultural and wellness benefits of OLLI membership.

The course schedule will be on the OLLI website after Thanksgiving, and in print soon at the three outreach centers.

For more information, to receive the printed catalog by mail or the weekly newsletter by email, visit:

December 2012


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request a media kit, or visit our website at

ACUPUNCTURE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243

Suzanne Swearengen, AP, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncture physician and is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In her work, she strives to provide compassionate care for individuals seeking wholistic solutions for ailments, illnesses and maintenance of good health. Additional modalities include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, homeopathic medicine and cold laser. Over the course of 15 years, she has developed her professional skills through credited courses and seminars in order to best serve her patients. See ad, page 28.

AYURVEDA & MEDITATION PATTY EPPLEY, RYT, VEDIC MASTER Chopra Certified Instructor 814-243-5038

Patty Eppley is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Chopra Center University. She combines her 20+ years experience in health care with her role as Chopra certified instructor to bring the healing practices of meditation and Ayurveda—the oldest healing system on the planet—to those desiring improved health and well-being. Her teaching style integrates with today’s lifestyle and modern medicine. Patty partners with health providers, universities, corporations and yoga studios, and welcomes private consultations.


Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Bones for Life® Teacher/Trainer 843-361-8436 One can always improve posture and mobility. Bones for Life® and Awareness Through Movement® classes, workshops and private Functional Integration® sessions are offered on the Strand and Florence. CE units available for “Bones” workshops. Heidi brings to her practice 30 years experience and a strong focus on the human drive to live a life of harmony with one’s self and others. See ad, page 9.

CHIROPRACTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Linda Audino, DC 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243

A g r a d u a t e o f Pa l m e r C h i r o p ra c t i c C o l l e g e i n 1994, Dr. Linda Audino has practiced in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and, in South Carolina, since 2003. She has treated newborns to geriatrics and everyone in between. It is Audino’s desire as a chiropractor to educate the public about what true health care is. The main focus of her message: There are no secrets or shortcuts to achieving health, but rather using good sense and knowledge to make the right choices in life. See ad, page 28.

DENTISTRY, MERCURY FREE JACK W. MARKUSEN, DMD 1321 44th Ave N Myrtle Beach 843-916-0990

Dr. Markusen is a graduate of the School of Dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina. He’s been a member of the American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics. He has been practicing dentistry for almost 30 years. See ad, page 11.


Grand Strand Edition

JARED L. SLOVAN, DMD JAMES H. SEXTON JR., DMD 924 Tall Pine Rd Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701

Mercury Free – Mercury Safe for more than 20 years. Please call us to set up a free consult. See ad, page 14.

ENERGY HEALING & AURA READING RENEÉ LEWIS, CCMT, RMT, RT(R) (M)(MR)ARRT Aura Photographer/Reader Usui Reiki Master/Teacher Chios®  Master /Teacher Crystal Healer 843-241-0609

Reneé Lewis brings new modalities to the Grand Strand area with the introduction of Chios Energy Field Healing a n d a u ra p h o t o g ra p hy readings. Reneé is also a Reiki master and member of the International Center for Reiki Training. She specializes in crystals with her energy work and utilizes her medical background in her teaching by incorporating physics and biology for easier comprehension. She teaches certification classes for Reiki and Chios and is available for workshops and private sessions or readings.


Mike Oglesbee, CAH, MPNLP 843-957-6926 Mike Oglesbee has developed the most powerful and effective system to boost you to success. Mike utilizes Hypnosis, NLP, Life Coaching, and other traditional Psychology methods to provide immediate positive change within the 90% of the mind known as the sub-conscious where the root of problem’s actually exist. Success begins within. Call Mike for a free consultation or visit for more information. See ad, page 13.


Pat Burrell, RN, CD, (DONA), WCBE, CLC, CHT 843-213-1393 Beach Baby’s provides services to assist families throughout p r e g n a n c y, a s w e l l a s assistance with caring for baby after birth. It provides doula services and baby nurses in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Its services also include rebirthing, wholistic childbirth education and massage. See ad, page 13.


Inside Bella Baby 7269 Hwy 707, north of Big Block Rd Myrtle Beach Holistic Parent carries products that are good for you, the environment and your budget. They are reusable, long lasting, and most importantly, products you need. They have been tried, tested and loved by our family and friends. Some of our products include Klean Kanteen, Boppy pillows, Moby Wraps, Boba baby carriers, Itzy Ritzy, Lusa Organics, cloth and swim diapers, mama cloth, toys and more.  We are located inside Bella Baby, the only cloth diaper shop on the Grand Strand. Together we can meet all your natural product needs.


Is clutter robbing you of a serene space to live and work and store your belongings? Are you overwhelmed with downsizing decisions of letting go and moving on? Don't quite know where to start packing up for a move, or unpacking in a new abode? Diane Aversano, a professional organizer, is trained as an independent guide to help you get over the hurdle. She will confidentially work together with you to restore control over your space, your time and your life.


Alternative Health Clinic 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-712-2330 I work with individuals and couples. My approach is in the general area of what is called Transpersonal Psychology, which means healing beyond the personal or ego self. It is also specifically referred to as “Karma Sensitive Psychotherapy.” It uses a natural conversational methodology that is not based on what is called the medical model, with its disease categories, and has little or no need for psych drugs. Call me for a free phone consultation.

SHAMANIC SERVICES REV. DR. CRAIG TALBOT One Who Talks to Doves 843-957-3306

Dr. Craig Talbot is a trained Shamanic counselor, offering The 7 Sacred Rites of the Peoples, smudgings, pipe circles, drum circle, spirit circle, teacher of the medicine way, traditional tee pee demonstrations, ordained minister for wedding ceremonies, carrier of the sacred bundle. How may I serve you? 


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Personal Wellness Coach Murrells Inlet 843-424-9586 or 843-651-9350 As a personal wellness coach, Linda Sacchetti has served the Grand Strand for seven years. My mission is teaching nutrition to promote health and well-being. I provide many services: weight-loss challenge facilitating, wellness evaluations, free metabolism tests, healthy breakfast in-services for businesses, and free personal 1-1 coaching for weight loss or weight gain. Join my team! Training provided. See ad, page 24.

YOGA CAROLINA POWER YOGA 81 Hillside Dr N North Myrtle Beach 843-695-9642

Carolina Power Yoga specializes in inspiring Power Vinyasa yoga, Hot yoga, Gentle yoga, and Beach yoga. An uplifting Power Vinyasa class links breath with asanas, flowing through sun salutations, backbends, inversions, restorative, and balancing poses. Vinyasa yoga harmonizes the body, mind and spirit while achieving optimal health, and cultivating compassion, peace, energy and joy. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~Buddha

INLET YOGA STUDIO 637 D Bellamy Rd Murrells Inlet 843-655-6272

Breathe. Empower. Transform. Inlet Yoga is dedicated to serving yoga students at every level of their personal practice, offering classes seven days a week, from beginner to advanced. Classes include Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yoga for Golf and Sports, Iyengar, Restorative and Hot. $5 Community Class at 6 pm Fridays benefits the Coastal Animal Rescue of Murrells Inlet. Come breathe, empower and transform yourself through practice.


Karyl Tych, Certified Iyengar Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach 843-340-YOGA (9642) Come to Live Oak Yoga Studio to study Iyengar yoga known for its emphasis on clear methodical instruction, correct alignment, and the use of props. You’ll receive individual attention in each class. The studio is fully equipped including a rope wall. Karyl Tych, a certified iyengar yoga teacher, has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in India.

December 2012


Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts

Widening Embrace: A Women’s Retreat, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

1-, 2-, & 3 sabbatic -month als

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1, 2013

Join us for a Songfest led by Carolyn McDade on Sun., Dec. 2, 2-4 pm Donations accepted.

Thresholds & New Beginnings: A Contemplative Retreat, Feb. 8-10 Wholeness/Holiness Retreat for Women: Opening Minds & Hearts, Feb. 11-16 Well-Springs: Celebrate Self & Spirit through Creative Movement & Expressive Arts, Feb. 19-20 12-Step Retreat for Women, Feb. 22-24 Register by calling 843-382-9777 l 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree, SC 29556

classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINE FOR SALE, COLUMBIA, SC. Call 803-2333693 for details. Currently publishing 15,000 copies per month. Training provided. Need income to pay off holiday bills? Inlet Nutrition is looking for someone to market their Anti~aging, Multivitamin Skincare line (an exclusive line of skincare)! $68 investment & training provided! PT or FT. Linda: 843-424-9586



Secret Lotus offers Ashtangabased yoga classes ranging from beginner to advanced, challenging the breath, mind and body to connect in a powerful union. Brand new or experienced practitioners welcome! In addition to Ashtanga classes, we offer Ashtanga-influenced prenatal, gentle and Mommy & Me yoga. Also offering massage and Reiki. Mention this ad, and your first class is free.

Come grow with us! We are now a “full-service” stop for body, mind and spirit ! We offer several classes in a variety of yoga styles to suit your body type, age, ability or health issues. Why not begin your Yoga journey with us? After yoga, you may want to enroll in a workshop in our Healing Arts Cooperative! Stop in any weekday until noon to visit our wonderful space and all that we offer or visit our website at MyrtleBeachYogaRoom. com. See ad, page 11.

417 79th Avenue N, Ste E (upstairs) Myrtle Beach 843-333-2656


3901 N Kings Hwy, Ste 20-A 843-467-5444 Shanti Yoga offers Ashtanga (led and mysore), Vinyasa and Hot yoga classes. Free community class every Sunday; all donations benefit h.e.a.r.t. of Myrtle Beach. Each class explores breath, movement and perception. Emphasis on both theory and practice provides students with the necessary foundation to expand in a personal and profound way.


Grand Strand Edition

196C Stonebridge Dr, MB 843-450-9402


3080 DeVille St (same as cinema) The Market Common, MB 843-839-9636, 843-385-6176 YOGA in COMMON offers classes during a wide variety of hours, seven days per week. We welcome all students—new or those returning to yoga. Our schedule is also great for those who want to practice daily. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to keep up with our wellness gatherings and special events.

YOGA TEACHERS AND HEALING ARTS PRACTITIONERS : The Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op has a fully furnished private counseling and massage office available as well as a 1,100 sq ft yoga studio with bamboo flooring, chairs and a great sound system. Available on a part-time/shared basis and at very affordable rates. Great opportunity for practitioners who want to meet new clients in a professional, centrally located, secure environment - everything you would need to host an educational talk, hold a class or a private session. Book with Google Calendar and easy turn key. Contact Donna Stead at Check them out at

VOLUNTEERS SC-CARES SANCTUARY VOLUNTEERS willing and able to do odd jobs for lots of furry hugs and kisses as payment...18 years or older or with chaperon. SC-CARES is a nonprofit no-kill shelter for exotic animals. Support by donating time and love. Lisa 843-546-7893, VO L U N T E E R W I T H T H E W E L L N E S S C O U N C I L f o r S C t o d a y.

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Cosmic Karma Game Its Monopoly, but with Karma instead of money. Chutes and Ladders, but for adults. The Game of Life, but the life of the Soul!

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December 2012


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