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The material they made was reportedly an off-white instead of a red meat color, but then will be mixed with lab-grown fats and waste blood to create (is your mouth watering yet?) hamburger. I’m totally confused. With little effort, I just bought a package of hamburger from a local farmers’ market. No, I’m not a vegetarian, and I’ll admit that if I went to a petting zoo I might be thinking “tender” and “juicy”; but I’m not sure why we would want or need to create artificial meat for food. We know that too much meat in the American diet is already bad for our health, but I think artificial meat may likely become the terrible surprise that artificial sweeteners and preservatives turned out to be. And what if these artificial meats escape the lab and begin running through the streets searching for their leader? This issue of Natural Awakenings addresses the axiom “We are what we eat,” and we are all becoming more critically involved in the process of choosing and growing foods. Small local farms are all the rage now, and farmers’ markets are springing up on street corners all across the country. It seems like most everyone is planning their own garden, preparing pots for herbs, raising their own chickens, and even taking on bigger projects like hydroponic vegetables and aquaponic fish. The joy of eating fresh, natural foods—grown locally and prepared at home with care—is what makes life good. Joel Salatin, a farmer and author who owns the sustainable Polyface Farms, was featured in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the movie Food Inc. Salatin’s farm is an amazing symphony of interdependent relationships, where each animal and crop depends on the other, and what he raises and grows is proportional to what his land and the weather can support in balance. The cows graze the grasses low and leave manure; the chickens follow and eat the weed seeds and bugs; and the pigs turn the compost, improving the soil. This delicate interplay allows a highly productive farm to function without chemicals, heavy equipment or environmental damage. Totally organic, Polyface Farms feeds 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants. And the food is likely a lot healthier than medicated feedlot livestock and chemically produced crops we’ve seen dominate agriculture in the past half century. This bright and green example Pollan makes with Polyface Farms is inspiring. I hope this issue of Natural Awakenings gives you inspiration for your own gardening, dining and living, too.

newsbriefs New Vegan Menu at Limpin’ Jane’s Old South Eatery and Taproom


he farm-to-table food that is served up daily at the historic Limpin’ Jane’s Old South Eatery and Taproom on Front Street in Georgetown has become extremely popular with the vegan and vegetarian community. Since there is an overwhelming number of diners with dietary restrictions who frequent Limpin’ Jane’s, chef Tara Tracy is introducing an additional menu catering to vegan enthusiasts. The menu is available now, and can be altered for the gluten- or allergy-sensitive eater. Dishes offered include: “Ambrosia Salad”—a local Millgrove Farms lettuce blend with orange and grapefruit segments, celery, cucumber, avocado and a coconut vinaigrette dressing; “Chickpea Croquettes”—a blend of chickpeas and Indian curry topped with a tofu pesto, served with black-eyed pea puree and vegetable du jour; “Black Bean Burger”—a housemade vegan burger on cumin chickpea focaccia bread, topped with Millgrove Farms lettuce blend, tomato, pickled red onions, and a tofu mayo. Limpin’ Jane’s is located at 713 Front St, Georgetown. For more info and to see the entire menu, visit Limpinjanes. com or call 843-485-4953. See ad, page 11.

Myrtle Beach Community Garden


hen Quaye and Lyndsay Bahn Trimble, of Secret Lotus Yoga & Healing Arts, moved to the Market Common in December of 2007, they came up with an idea to obtain permission from the City of Myrtle Beach for a community garden. In such a pedestrian-friendly area where community is boasted to be green, healthy and upbeat, Quaye Trimble thought the many like-minded residents of the area would join together with the mission of sharing the fruits of their labors—literally, with peppers, tomatoes, herbs and the like, on city grounds, since there is plenty of space at the old Air Force base. It took him four years to get anyone to listen,

but in December of 2011, Trimble finally was able to find the right person to lend an ear and the City of Myrtle Beach Community Garden will be available to the public this spring. Community members and city residents will pay a nominal fee of less than $50 a year to lease a garden space next to the Base Recreation Center. Raised gardens will be permitted as well. The program is being put together on a trial basis and will grow and continue based on the response and participation of the community. Trimble is heading up the program on a 100 percent volunteer basis, for the love of gardening and all things natural. For more info, contact Quaye Trimble at 843-504-9516, or email

Unity Teaches Living in Prosperity


tarting April 3, for the third year, Unity Christ Church sponsors the Prosperity Plus Program, Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm. The 10-week DVD series and dialog group will be facilitated by Cathy Hatch, marketing specialist, and Rev. Margaret Hiller, spiritual leader at Unity. This experiment is the catalyst for greater self-awareness, deeper spiritual practice, more meaningful relationships, financial increase, and stronger self-esteem. As with all Unity classes, participants can expect to make new friends, share successes, and finish the course feeling more committed and connected to what matters most in their lives In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:6–8 says: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously … for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” The Prosperity Plus Program was developed by speaker, best-selling author, and consultant for more than three decades Mary Morrissey, whose transformational talks and

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newsbriefs seminars have made her one of the elite teachers in the human potential movement. Mary is the founder and CEO of LifeSOULutions, an international company that is devoted to transforming dreams into reality. Mary has spoken at the United Nations, met with Nelson Mandela, led meetings with the Dalai Lama, and authored two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams. As a highly sought after inspirational speaker, executive coach and ministry consultant, Mary has 30 years of experience empowering individuals in achieving new heights of spiritual aliveness, wealth and authentic success. While she holds significant academic degrees, Mary says her two most important achievements are the two black belts she holds: one in success and the other in failure—both having been her powerful teachers. To attend, you must preregister by March 25 to receive materials, which include your own Prosperity Plus Program Package: 18 audio CDs and an interactive workbook. The cost is $49. Register by calling Unity at 843-238-8516 or email Unity is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside Beach. For more info, visit, and see ad, page 10.

Carolina Power Yoga Special Workshops for March Carolina Power Yoga (CPY) offers several workshops in March with special guest facilitators. Sandy Delgado will present Backbends: Open Your Heart on March 11, from 10 am to 12 pm, where you learn to breathe through your limitations as well as encourage strength in backbends. You will explore the best way to improve your backbend, learn how and why it works, and why sometimes it doesn’t. Backbends, which require an extension and internal opening of the neck, shoulders and vertebral column, realign the spine, counteracting and re-teaching the body’s poor habits and making daily movement more comfortable, lending poise and grace. Cost is $25 with preregistration and $30 at the door, but preregistration is suggested. HarDarshan Khalsa will present Kundalini Yoga and Meditation workshops. Says owner Tara Gurry, “We are honored to have HarDarshan come to our studio to share her wisdom, experience and passion for Kundalini, meditation and healing arts.” The first Kundalini workshop takes place on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, with emphasis on cultivating prosperity in your life. Cost is $25 with preregistration and $30 on the day of the workshop. The second Kundalini workshop, Connecting with Your Spirit, is Saturday, March 31, from 1 to 4 pm. There will be healing asanas with emphasis on the glandular system. Cost is $35 with preregistration and $40 on workshop day. “I enjoy creating resonance, harmony and balance within myself, with 6

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my family, friends and clients,” says Khalsa. “I believe that it’s important for me to represent race in a world that sometimes has little of it, and to acknowledge the unique male and female aspects of individuals. My personal approach to life and to healing is that it should be uplifting. I am positive that you can be happy! I’m a great believer in happiness.” CPY is located at 769 Main St in North Myrtle Beach. For more info and to register, visit CarolinaPowerYoga. com and use the “Contact Us” form to reserve your space, or call 843-877-5839.

Spring Garden Festival 2012 Inlet Culinary Garden


he Low Country Herb Society (LCHS) will hold the Spring Garden Festival at Inlet Culinary Garden, 5071 Hwy 17 Byp S, in Murrells Inlet, on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, from 8 am to 5 pm. There will be herbal food samples showcasing the more than 80 varieties of herbs and more than 30 varieties of heirloom vegetables available for your spring gardens. Informational sheets on growing herbs and herbal recipes will be available. LCHS members and Inlet Culinary staff will provide ideas and assistance in selecting plants for your “edible garden,” including edible and fruiting plants, herbs, butterfly and hummingbird perennials, and plants that attract beneficial insects. Inlet Culinary Garden will have pottery, organic fertilizer, and potting and seeding soil available to give your plants the best possible start. A portion of the proceeds from the two-day event will go toward supporting the LCHS’ scholarship fund. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior going on to study horticultural or culinary arts. For more info, contact LCHS at or call 843-215-6985. See ad, page 20.

Square Foot Gardening and Container Gardening The Low Country Herb Society


he Low Country Herb Society (LCHS) will hold its March meeting at 10 am Tuesday, March 13, at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church in Litchfield. The featured speaker, Christine Todd, from Brookgreen Gardens, will present a program on square foot and container gardening with herbs. All can attend, and membership can be arranged at the meeting. LCHS membership is open to all throughout the Grand Strand area. No gardening experience is necessary. A “Meet and Greet” social time, to welcome new and returning members, is held prior to the meeting, with refreshments

provided by LCHS members. To find the event, from Hwy 17, turn onto Willbrook Blvd, then make a right turn just past the Coastal Carolina University building and continue around to the church parking lot. Meetings are from September through May, and the annual dues are $20; this includes a quarterly newsletter. For more info, call 843-215-6985 or email lchsnews@

Organic Lotions and Potions Locally Made


’ve been on my yoga journey since finding the practice through an accident that forced me to change a variety of things in my life,” explains Donna Carr. “As one door closes another opens, and I found myself enrolled in Gaiananda Herbal Studies Apprenticeship Program, offered by Patricia Harpell in Charleston. The course was a wonderful opportunity to look at life from a more natural point of view.” Carr learned to make natural, organic products that can be used safely on the body, as well as herbal teas and tinctures that can be life changing. Through the support and enthusiasm of her yoga students and her love for her extra venture, she began her business Earth’s Jubilee, an organic line of skincare, herbal teas and tinctures. Currently, she is making face and body lotion, sea salt scrub, body powder, lip balm and a face mask that you apply with honey. She is also making tinctures of agrimony, burdock root, skullcap, sumac and willow. Health teas are mixed specially upon a client’s request and needs. “I use only the best oils and herbs available and try to keep the products affordable so they can become a part of our everyday lives,” she says. For more info, contact Donna Carr at 843-685-5031 or email

Grandmother Oak Long Dance Native American Vision Quest


ev. Lindsley Field invites you to the second SC Grandmother Live Oak Long Dance, this year to be held at the Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, in Kingstree, May 18 to 20. “Springbank has opened its arms and welcomed us to dance on their peaceful sacred land under the arms of another ancient live oak,” says Lindsley. “We danced in 2009 on Waites Island under arms of the 350-year-old Grandmother Live Oak on ancestral island land, the ocean shimmering beside us.” The Long Dance is in the mystical tradition of Grandfather Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow). It is a new Vision Quest dance for peace for people of all faiths and backgrounds, and not a traditional Native American dance. The Long Dance takes place through the night, in the darkness, to clear the unconscious and create the future, and to dance

through the unconscious, conscious and super-conscious, and the below, middle and above realms. The dance is in a circle around the center, with drumming in the community of the other dancers on the journey. To quote Grandfather Joseph, “The dance will take you into beyond the deeper states of sacred reverence. Dancing awakens ancient knowledge already within us, connects us to the Vast Self, to Oneness, to Wholeness; and as we move through the night drumming and rattling for ourselves and each other, we spontaneously manifest our potentialities, transform and become new again.” Lindsley has scheduled free introductory talks to explain the Vision Quest Long Dance, and the March12 7pm talk will be held at her home, 4303 Old Kings Hwy, in Murrells Inlet. Feel free to bring curious friends and family. “Come feel the energy of the dance; enjoy YouTube videos of Grandfather Joseph; and learn how it not only benefits you personally, but helps create peace for all people and our Mother Earth,” says Lindsley. For more info, contact Rev. Lindsley Field, shamanic counselor/ceremonial leader, at mysticheartdancer@gmail. com. See ad, page 5.

Yamuna Body Rolling at the Yoga Room


n Saturday, March 10, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Cat Corchado will be at the Yoga Room in Myrtle Beach teaching Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR)—a type of bodywork that often helps people suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. YBR is a full-body therapy practice that combines healing, wellness and injury prevention. This unique modality helps relieve problems such as sciatica and herniated disks to low back, neck and shoulder pain. Balls of various sizes are used by the therapist to manipulate specific muscles of the body to optimize range of motion, reeducate muscles, and stimulate bones while at the same time creating positive changes in the body. “It felt like I had a massage,” says Donna Stead, owner of the Yoga Room, after she experienced one of Corchado’s workshops. YBR will help keep a body fit, painfree and functional to boost quality of life. The balls stretch, dislodge tension and discomfort, increase blood flow and promote healing. The class is $15 for those who preregister or $20 at the door. The Yoga Room is at 196C Stonebridge Dr in Myrtle Beach For more info about YBR, visit For more info about the Yoga Room, visit

March at Springbank


ontemplation through prayer, yoga and creation of craft objects will bring together workshop participants at Springbank Retreat during March as a prelude to the Easter season. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting,

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newsbriefs Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. March 3, Pamela Smith will explore the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the earliest ecologists. In Aquinas and Care for All Creation, she will show how he offers a theology of creation relevant to the ecological concerns of the 21st century. The Springbank staff will present Pottery and Native Spirituality on Sunday, March 5, to Friday, March 14. Participants will share the ancient wisdom of Native Americans and experience prayer lodge and Spirit Quest. They will create unique pottery for ritual, using a hand-building technique and a primitive firing process with leaves, pine straw and sawdust. No art experience is necessary. Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful and insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit is the focus of this seven-hour quest led by Grandmother June Perry and her helpers, Wendy Kraus and Betsy Bowman. It will be held March 9 to 11. Prayer lodge is an integral part of this experience. Perry is a teacher, storyteller, artist and drummaker. Basketmaker Linda Szocik will lead Basketry: Weaving Balance and Beauty March 15 to 18. She will show participants how to enjoy the contemplative art of basketmaking. Time will be available for quiet reflection and communal prayer. No experience is necessary, and materials are furnished. Szocik is a family nurse practitioner and spiritual director who leads retreats in basketmaking. Susan Pannier-Cass will present Healing Wounds of the Heart: A Path to Wholeness Through Yoga March 20 and 21. Participants will learn simple Kundalini yoga, strengthening the body through gentle postures, elevating mood through breathwork, quieting the mind through meditation, and finding peace within,

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where answers lie waiting for discovery. Certified in Kundalini yoga and meditation, Pannier-Cass is trained in addiction recovery and has taught yoga since 2001. The Living at the Edge: A Spirituality of Presence retreat will explore ways to weave together wisdom of the mystics with a new, emerging, creative consciousness. Hilda Montalvo will present it on March 22 to 25. Through dialogue and quiet contemplation, participants will deepen their experience of the “I am-ness” within. Montalvo is an author, lecturer and spiritual director. She focuses on weaving the emerging, creative consciousness with Christianity and spiritual traditions. March 27 to April 3, Christopher Marie Wagner will present Icon Painting as Prayer. Entering into the deep prayer time of Lent, participants will study the icon of St. Michael the Archangel. Each person will create an icon using acrylics and gold leaf. No experience is necessary. Materials are available for $40. The class is limited to 10 participants. Wagner has been an art instructor for 30 years. She restores stained-glass windows and is dedicated to the study of Russian icons. Program fees include lodging and meals. For more info, contact Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree, or call 800-671-0361 or visit See ad, page 25.

Holistic Parent Store Grand Opening Connie Bennett, mother of three, from Surfside Beach, will be having a Grand Opening celebration for her new store, Holistic Parent, on March 24, at 10 am, at 7269 Hwy 707. The new store will be inside Bella Baby, which is the Grand Strand’s only cloth diaper store for the eco-friendly parent. Bennett has had a Holistic Parent website up for a little more than a year now selling holistic parent supplies 8

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online. Now, she is expanding into the community and will be offering such products as GroVia cloth diapers, Crunchy Clean detergent, Kleen Kanteen water bottles, Boppy pillows and Boba Baby Wrap carriers. “I want to bring reusable, Earth-friendly products to the Grand Strand,” says Bennett. The grand opening party will feature prizes and raffles, and there will be organic appetizers available. Bennett has also been closely involved with Grand Strand Holistic Mom’s chapter and is planning on having future meetings inside the store. Newcomers are very welcome; please check the Calendar section for the next meeting date. For more info, visit or find Holistic Parent on Facebook.

Sustain SC 2012 Conference and Expo March 29 and 30


he US Green Building Council - South Carolina Chapter will host its fourth annual green building and sustainable community conference and expo, Sustain SC, in Greenville March 29 and 30. The event brings together professionals and industry leaders from the Southeast region for the latest green building products and services. The conference and expo will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 220 North Main St.

Educational sessions offer continuing education credits, and address a range of issues and topics pertinent to various levels of green building professionals and citizens. Plenary sessions feature inspirational thought leaders in the field from across the country. For more info, visit

The Vision Workshop at Unity Living Your Life Full Spectrum


arch 18, Unity Christ Church welcomes life mastery consultant Rev. Felicia Searcy as the 11am Sunday service guest speaker with the topic Do Greater Things, based on her book Do Greater Things – Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. In the afternoon, 1:30 to 4 pm, join the vision workshop, Living Your Life Full Spectrum, to learn time-proven life success principles to move from surviving to thriving. Searcy will help you clearly identify your dreams, give you five questions to test your dream, help you break through paradigms that keep you stuck, and support you with your next steps. The workshop is offered for a suggested love offering of $20. For more info about Living Your Life Full Spectrum, visit Unity Christ Church is at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr. Call 843-238-8516 or visit See ad, page 10.

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newsbriefs Inlet Nutrition Digestive Health Hour Join Inlet Nutrition for a free wellness coaching informational session on digestive health. Three meetings are scheduled at various Strand locations: Thursday, March 8, at noon; Wednesday, March 14, at 6 pm; and Friday, March 16, at noon. Call to select your time and location. The digestive system is one of the most essential components of your entire body. Digestion can affect areas of your health such as weight, energy, skin and immunity. What do you know about digestive health? Look at the following questions and bring your answers to the event to share. About how long is the digestive tract? How long does it take food to move through the stomach and the small intestines? Which foods are most likely to cause heartburn? You would be considered constipated if … What is indigestion? What are most ulcers caused by? What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? What should you do to increase your fiber intake? Name five uses of aloe, and how it affects digestion. Refreshments will be served, and if you bring the completed answers to the questions, you receive a gift. For more info, contact Linda Sacchetti, personal wellness coach and owner of Inlet Nutrition, at 843-424-9586.

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Yoga Room Co-op in Myrtle Beach Offering Trager™ Sessions Lindsley Field, certified Trager™ practitioner, announced that she is now offering Trager™ sessions at the Yoga Room. Not a massage, a Trager ™ session brings a lasting sense of ease, relaxation, peace and mobility to your body and mind using gentle touch, rocking and rhythmic motion, which reverberate throughout the body. Deep relaxation occurs, releasing painful or stressful habituated physical and mental holding patterns. The benefits include a feeling of elasticity and fluidity, decreased muscle tension, increased range of motion, improved posture and mental clarity. As the body is relaxed, restful sleep, health and vitality can be restored. Field, who has been a certified Trager™ practitioner since 1994, has studied advanced Trager™ classes and is a certified Trager™ tutor. She practices in Murrells Inlet in addition to the new Myrtle Beach location. The Yoga Room is at 196C Stonebridge Dr. For more info, contact Lindsley Field at or call 843651-1086. See ad, page 5.



Top Five Reasons to Improve Your Sexual Health


hat makes you happy? A common response is positive and healthy personal relationships. These are based on a number of factors, including trust and honesty, effective communication, and mutual sexual satisfaction, or intimacy. In a recent Australian study conducted by the Sydney Centre for Sexual and Relationship Therapy, researchers found that of the 4,000 men and women surveyed, only 41 percent of the men, and 34 percent of the women were satisfied with their sexual relationship. As a naturopathic doctor, this research showed that we have to work to optimize the positive potential in the relationship with our significant other, especially from the perspective of improving our intimacy. Sex relieves stress. Research has shown that physical intimacy helps with overall stress reduction, helps improve our response to stress, and is associated with lower blood pressure. Even hugging among partners can ease general tension and convey stability, support and lead to stress relief. It boosts self-esteem. When partners communicate well, are nurturing, and show care and positive attention to one another, self-esteem blossoms. This presents an added benefit to our personal well-being. It solidifies relationships. Intimate, warm contact with your partner builds trust and bonds the relationship. In fact, such warm contact increases the level of oxytocin—the “love hormone,” which promotes pair-bonding in relationships. It counts as exercise! Burn about 85 calories for every 30 minutes. This may not seem like much but can translate into losing a few pounds a year and improves your flexibility, strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness. Improves overall well-being. When looking at overall life satisfaction in perspective with our priorities in life, having a positive romantic life can improve other areas of your life related to wellness, including health, personal and spiritual development, fun and recreation, and friendship. Bell Lifestyle Products offers more than 50 natural products to improve the quality of life. For more info, visit Source: Rahim Habib, ND. See ad, page 2.

Healthy Weight for Healthier Gums


egular brushing and flossing is vital for keeping teeth and gums healthy. Surprisingly, so is managing our weight. Case Western Reserve University researchers have found that the body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells disappear. Excess weight often triggers damaging inflammation throughout the body, and inflammation from gum disease can erode bone, lead to tooth loss and create fissures in the gums, allowing harmful oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Such bacteria have been linked to preterm births, fetal death, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, according to Nabil Bissada, chair of the department of periodontics at the university’s School of Dental Medicine.

Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music, and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at

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Grass-fed Benefits


new, in-depth guide to the benefits of grass-fed beef is now available from Animal Welfare Approved, a national nonprofit organization that audits, certifies and supports farmers who raise their animals according to the highest welfare standards, and outdoors on pasture or range. The Grassfed Primer, available as a free download at food-labels, notes that grass-fed meat and dairy products offer health benefits via higher levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vitamin E, and can reduce the risk of E. coli infection. Scientists now believe that CLA may be one of humanity’s most potent defenses against cancer.

More Rest Equals Better Teen Performance


dolescents who log between six and 10 hours of sleep each night perform better in mathematics and physical education classes than those who sleep six hours or less, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. The researchers, after analyzing the sleep habits of 592 students aged 12 to 19 in Seville, Spain, further observed that bedtimes and wake times did not significantly influence academic outcomes; however, they did note that students who require less than 15 minutes to fall asleep tended to achieve better marks.


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

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Nigeria Makes Houses from Plastic Bottles

Overcrowding is a serious issue in American prisons, partly because the rate of recidivism (return) is high. A 1994 study showed that 67.5 percent of the 300,000 adult prisoners released in 15 states were re-arrested within three years. James Fox, founder of the nonprofit Prison Yoga Project (, believes that part of the problem is that the US prison system overly emphasizes punishment during incarceration and that programs such as yoga classes might lower the rate of recidivism. He is an advocate for restorative justice and has worked with prisoners for 10 years. The theory is that yoga and meditation help prison inmates develop important emotional and social skills, including impulse control and willpower, and thus reduce tendencies toward antisocial and criminal behaviors. Fox observes how anyone who adheres to the practice can develop mindfulness, patience, diligence and self-motivation. The Prison Yoga Project provides training for yoga teachers who want to work in prisons. Fox also would like to maintain a scholarship fund to help former inmates do teacher training, so they can make a career out of the practice.

Citizens of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, can now live “inside� the plastic water bottles that previously littered their roads, canals and gutters, thanks to a project initiated by the Kaduna-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, with help from foreign experts from African Community Trust, a Londonbased NGO. The prototype 624-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow looks like an ordinary home, but it is made from capped, sand-filled plastic bottles. The bottles are stacked into layers and bonded together by mud and cement, with an intricate network of strings holding each bottle by its neck, providing extra support to the structure. Once approved, the country will start construction to alleviate a current deficit of 16 million housing units.



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Yoga Mitigates Prison Recidivism

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globalbriefs Smart Giving

Silicon Valley Launches Philanthropy 2.0 Reinvention is nothing new in Silicon Valley, CA, home of some of the world’s most prominent cutting-edge technology companies. Frustrated with what they perceive as the slow pace and inefficiency of many nonprofits, some of the area’s innovators are bringing fresh approaches to solving vexing social issues. Along with money, these social entrepreneurs are applying their business skills—from marketing to operations, together with their enthusiasm and business drive—to transform nonprofits into more savvy, goal-focused businesses. “Donors aren’t waiting until retirement now,” says Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a philanthropist and author of Giving 2.0, a book on how to improve philanthropy. She says, “This is no longer about sympathy. It’s about strategy,” asserting that donors today are demanding more research and metrics before funding charitable projects. Beth Kanter, a nonprofit scholar and author of The Networked Nonprofit, points to, which advocates for family-friendly laws, as a leading example. “MomsRising didn’t reinvent the wheel, and instead just focused on what they were enthusiastic about—mobilizing people,” she says. Instead of operating in a traditional manner, the nonprofit outsourced much of its operations, allowing it to run more nimbly on a virtual basis. Arrillaga-Andreessen advises, “If we are to solve these problems, the onus is on givers to facilitate that change.”

Nature’s Wake-Up Set to Snooze

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards created to protect families from power plant emissions of mercury and airborne toxins, such as arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide. The new standards are expected to prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,300 heart attacks and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year. “It has taken almost 20 years to amend the Clean Air Act, despite clear, unequivocal scientific knowledge that mercury and other pollutants have been killing our children,” remarked Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.

Bees are awakening earlier each spring, according to a Rutgers University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists report that global warming over the past 130 years has caused several species of North American bees to emerge about 10 days earlier than they did previously, with most of the shift occurring since 1970. Scientific research known as phenology measures the timing of lifecycle events of animals and plants. “A shift in 10 days is a lot from the point of view of an insect whose lifetime is measured in weeks,” says Rutgers entomologist Rachael Winfree, co-author of the study. Because bees are the world’s most important pollinators of flowers and plants, any change in this crucial relationship could prove devastating. Study leader Ignasi Bartomeus, Ph.D., says. “If bees and plants responded differently to climate change, bees could emerge in the spring before plants were flowering, in which case the bees would die because they wouldn’t have anything to eat. Or plants could flower before the bees emerged, in which case the plants would not be pollinated and would fail to reproduce.”


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Mike Oglesbee’s

HYPNOTHERAPY Magic Mojo by Judi Burton

I did get a salad at Atlanta Bread Company, and it was one of the best-tasting salads I’ve had in a long time. I liked it so much, I went to the grocery store and bought all of the necessary ingredients, plus other super-healthy foods, such as organic yogurt and granola cereal. I kept listening to the hypnotherapy CD every night as well.


am sort of asleep. It’s a half-dreaming type of sleep, like when you doze off while watching TV on the couch. I could wake up at any second if I felt like it, but I don’t want to. I’m hearing words in my ears, but my Technicolor dreams display a smattering of images that sort of correlate with the words, but not really. I am relaxed, very relaxed. My chin rests on my chest. It is a dark, soothing space with crashing waves, words and seagulls in the background. Suddenly, I am awake. I don’t sit bolt upright. Rather, I lick my lips and breathe real deep. The blindfold is over my eyes. I wait a bit to take it off. Slowly, my body awakens as I regain consciousness. I was in a state of hypnosis. Mike Oglesbee was already putting his gear away as I rubbed my eyes. A black microphone hooked up to a laptop shared a wire with huge, comfortable earphones that were covering my ears. I took them off slowly and laid them on the end table next to the big, comfy chair I was sitting in. A cold water bottle dripping with condensation was laid out for me. I untwisted the cap and drank in the rejuvenating liquid. “You were in very deep,” Oglesbee said. “I can tell you are intelligent, because you can visualize very well.” I chuckled lightly and reminded him that I am a writer; therefore, part of my job description is to be able to visualize. He handed me a CD with my name written on it in black Sharpie.

ing craving for a salad with romaine lettuce, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, almonds and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Odd, I thought. I don’t normally get a craving for salad. It’s usually something like an artisan pizza or hoagie from The Mellow Mushroom or The Humble Crumb; cravings I’ve fought tooth and nail. Most of the time my brain wins out, but sometimes my stomach is the victor, and this is not good.

“Listen to this every night.” I nodded and took it from him. “If you can put me to sleep that quickly every night, you have a deal,” I said. I’m what some people might call a “night owl.” This is not why I was there, though. We were doing an experiment to see if he can help me lose some excess weight, and that was my first session. Surprisingly, my tummy rumbled a bit when I got up to go home. I was expecting to be magically un-hungry forever and ever; but unfortunately, this is not how hypnotherapy works. Interestingly, I had an unrelent-

A week later, a friend came over and I offered her some lunch. She said “sure,” and asked if I had any bread. I paused and realized that I had unknowingly banished it from my house. It was gone. Not one single crumb was to be found. And the weird thing was I didn’t really remember doing it. Other things were starting to happen, too. I decided to take a belly dancing class. This was odd because I’ve never felt comfortable with my body to do something fun like that. Turns out, I’m pretty good at it. I started riding my bike more, and became addicted to my water bottle. “I lost 7 pounds,” I said excitedly over the phone when Oglesbee gave me a call. “That’s great!” he replied. “I want you to come in again next week.” The next week, however, was not so great. I was kind of in a funk, and had somehow gained some of my weight back. This was very frustrating, because it seemed as if this was going to turn out like all of the rest of my weight-loss gimmicks. I sat in the room with him and gushed out all of my dark, mournful feelings. We talked a lot about selfesteem and how the body follows the brain. He told me that I was sabotaging

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myself by allowing myself to believe I couldn’t do it, which I had to agree was probably the case. Again, he put me into the deep meditative-like state and talked to my subconscious for a while. He also gave me a CD with subliminal messages on it. I was to listen to the sound of crashing waves whenever I was in the car or at the desk. After that, I felt like I was coasting. I wasn’t having my usual mind vs. food bouts. I simply chose delicious, healthy food. Exercising was becoming second nature. It’s hard to explain, but it was like I didn’t have to remind myself anymore, and when I was tempted with chocolate or something naughty, which was rarely, I had some. I didn’t feel guilty about it. I just ate a little, enjoyed it, and moved on. It seemed so simple. I began to wonder if this is how normal people feel. Then, more things began to happen, which Oglesbee explained was all a part of the self-esteem issue he had been burying inside my subconscious. Men started noticing me, flirting with me. I was taken aback. It happened everywhere. At the grocery store, the gas station, a restaurant, or simply walking down the street. Even when I was with my gorgeous friend one day, I was getting quite a bit of attention and she was taking the back seat this time. It had nothing to do with my weight, because I hadn’t lost a lot yet. It had to do more with my body language. Not like I was winking or sitting provocatively; just holding myself up with confidence. My gorgeous friend, on the other hand, was a little put off. Her body language was telling me she was not happy with the current shift of the weathervane, from her to me. I thought about this and began to feel guilty. Just as I was about to lose my mojo, I remembered something very profound; I remembered as a teenager that boys liked me a lot then, too. Although I wasn’t supermodel material, I was very pretty. There were girls who used to bully me and tell me I was walking around like I thought I was “all that.” This, I realized, was a very important part of my life’s programming. I remembered hunkering down after 16

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the bullying, letting those girls win, and trying to not be so “cute.” The epiphany hit me like a ton of bricks: This is what Oglesbee has been reversing. I have been self-sabotaging myself into obesity all to make others feel better about themselves! I looked at myself in an entirely different light at that moment. It was like a movie scene where the character all of a sudden “gets it.” My weight dropped again. It has only been a month and I have lost 8 pounds, which is a perfectly healthy rate to be losing. I saw Oglesbee again and told him about my “aha” moment,” to which he replied: “To sum it up, self-esteem is the building block of success in any area of your life. If you value yourself and respect yourself and believe in yourself, what can you do? Anything you want to do because you love yourself enough to keep yourself on that pathway.” Now, I have heard all of this mumbo-jumbo before and have told myself, “Oh yes, I love myself. How can you not love yourself?” But listening to him then, I really felt as if I owned that statement. I felt like I really did have a much better connection with myself. Oglesbee had tapped into the 90 percent of my brain that I was unaware of. He had connected the dots and started a real relationship with my conscious and subconscious mind, and I feel it—I really do. I remember my old self; my crazy, awesome, happy, boisterous, active, creative self, and I love me. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, despite what those girls said. There is no doubt in my mind that attempting to be successful at anything will be a bit easier now, because I have “real me” on my side instead of the “sabotaging me.” It’s like we are double-teaming the world now. So watch out, because Judi Burton is on the move! Mike Oglesbee is an advanced hypnotherapist and master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. For more info, visit or call 843-9576926. See ad, page 22. M










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Changing the Way America Eats Nourishing the Shift to Farm-Fresh Foods by Melinda Hemmelgarn


entucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry states that in order for people to care about their food, “they have to taste it.” Tasting the difference between fresh, local, organic foods and those that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before touching our taste buds is catalyzing a healthy change across America. Consider the growth in patronage of farmers’ markets alone: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the number of markets has soared, from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011. What’s driving the surge? Incentives include our appreciation of scrump-


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tious seasonal flavor, a comforting sense of community and the reassurance of knowing exactly where our food comes from and who—often on a first-name basis—grew or produced it. Good, healthy food germinates in genuine relationships—between growers and consumers, and farmers and the Earth. Local markets boost hometown economies, too; the USDA predicts a record $7 billion in such food sales this year, delivering a greater proportion of food dollars directly to farmers. Regional food systems also support the biological diversity that is vital to sustainability.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, “different varieties of the same species” have “statistically different nutrient contents.” In other words, each variety promises a unique mix of healthprotecting compounds. Supermarkets must rely on crops and animal products that can withstand long-distance travel and also meet uniform appearance standards. Small farmers serving local markets, on the other hand, can better preserve the legacy of biologically diverse heirloom crops and heritage breeds because of the shorter distances between field and plate. An heirloom tomato picked ripe at peak flavor can’t survive a lengthy commute, but nothing tastes better when it’s plucked fresh from the vine and still warm from the sun. Planting diverse, region-specific crops also reduces the burden of weeds, pests and plant diseases—and any related chemical use—and helps provide safe nourishment for pollinators and wildlife, as well. No wonder the Organic Farming Research Foundation characterizes farmers as the largest group of ecosystem managers on Earth. Everyone can support a cause that feeds us well while caring for the planet.

Farmers’ Job Market

With 57 being the current average age of American farmers, and more than a quarter 65 or older, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition recognizes the desperate need for more young farmers. When the National Young Farmers’ Coalition recently surveyed 1,000 beginning farmers, it found that access to capital, land and health insurance presented the biggest hurdles to entering farming as a career. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network has identified access to health care as

the main challenge facing females who want to farm. While city dwellers tend to idealize farming as a romantic occupation in a bucolic setting, it is actually a risky, physically demanding job. Despite the challenges, farmers say they love their work because they enjoy being outside, working with their hands, producing high-quality food and being their own boss. It helps to be healthy, smart and an optimist at heart.

Sticker Price Versus Hidden Costs

To consumers coping in a down economy, the cheapest price may sometimes seem like the best choice. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, notes that “Americans, on average, are spending only half as much of their disposable income for food today as they were in the 1960s.” However, at the same time, “the percentage spent on health care has doubled.” Scores of studies show that many of today’s chronic diseases are related to poor diet. Factor in medical costs associated with food-borne illnesses, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pesticide- and hormone-contaminated food and water, and it’s easy to understand why Michael Carolan, author of The Real Cost of Cheap Food, declares, “Cheap food... is actually quite expensive.” One way for families to save money on food costs is to reduce waste. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, says Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption, throwing away $100 billion-plus in food a year. Most of it ends up in landfills. Instead of providing incentives to agribusinesses to produce less expensive food, smarter national farm and food policies could prioritize producing higher quality food and wasting less of it. Kathy Bero, board president of NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, WI,

advocates shifting commodity payments to organic farmers. Her nonprofit educational farm promotes “food as medicine,” along with cost-saving, health-boosting consumer strategies, such as learning how to garden and cook to maximize nutritional value.

Inspiring Trends

Stephanie Coughlin, a farmer in San Diego, CA, says, “If you don’t have local farms, you don’t have local security.” Across the country, communities are proving how a few conscious buyers can improve everyone’s access to high-quality local foods. Farm to Hospital: As director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, Vermont, registered dietitian Diane Imrie has the power to influence the economic security and sustainability of her community and surrounding region. Imrie sources approximately 40 percent of the food served at her hospital from farms located within a day’s drive. In her work, she helps keep farmers on their land while providing higher quality food to patients and staff. The facility also supports onsite gardens, which yielded $2,000 worth of produce in 2011, despite Vermont’s short growing season. The hospital food is so popular that its cafe serves downtown businesspeople, further bolstering profitability and community benefits. For local maple sugar producer Bernie Comeau, Imrie’s consistent purchases provide an income he can count on every month. Imrie is glad to note that for farmers, selling their food to the hospital is “like a stamp of approval.” Marydale DeBor, who founded

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and led the “plow to plate” comprehensive food and disease-prevention initiative associated with Connecticut’s New Milford Hospital, maintains that “institutional leadership is critical.” She says that thanks to a supportive CEO who believed in bringing farm-fresh foods to hospital food services, their retail cafe more than doubled its revenue within two years.

How to Grow and Find Local Food Find a farmers’ market In season in the region; local harvest calendars and markets Locate sustainably grown food nearby Food gardening tips


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DeBor believes that hospital food should set an example for public health. “We need to support beginning farmers, and more food hubs and new distribution systems to facilitate access,” she says. “Consumers need to let their hospitals know they should focus on good food and nutrition.” Farm to Restaurant: Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe and Juice Bar, in Columbia, MO, buys supplies directly from local organic farmers and never quibbles about price. She composts any food waste in her garden, where she grows some of the produce used in her restaurant. Rather than large plates of cheap food, Lockhart serves portions within US Dietary Guidelines, comprising higher quality, more satisfying meals. Relationships with chefs are important to farmers, advises Carol Ann Sayle, owner of Boggy Creek Organic Farm, in Austin,

TX. Farmers can rely on a sure buyer; chefs appreciate dependable and highquality food; and customers return because of the great taste. Farm to School: Organic farmer Don Bustos, program director for the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico, trains beginning farmers and ranchers in ways to provide food to the Albuquerque Public School District and beyond. For example, farmers grow crops during the winter in solar-powered greenhouses, and aggregate their products to meet school needs. Mobile meat processing and distribution networks also create jobs while keeping small farmers economically and environmentally viable, explains Bustos. Local agriculture fuels strong communities and fresh local foods help children thrive. In the Pacific

Northwest, AmeriCorps volunteer Emma Brewster works with the Real Food Challenge, a national youth-based program that encourages colleges and universities to shift 20 percent of their food budgets to farm-fresh, locally sourced foods. Brewster works with Lucy Norris, project manager for the Puget Sound Food Network, which creates opportunities beyond farmers’ markets for local area farmers to connect with regional processors, distributors and end users, including Seattle Public Schools.

Hands in the Dirt

Regardless of occupation, many people feel a natural urge to work with the soil and witness the miracle of seeds sprouting new life. Rose Hayden-Smith, PhD, a garden historian and a designated leader in sustainable food systems at the University of California–Davis, points out that home, school, community and workplace victory gardens established during World War II succeeded in producing about 40 percent of our nation’s vegetables. In both world wars, she says, our national leadership “recognized that food and health were vital national security issues.” They still are today. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the Food Sleuth (, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host, based in Columbia, MO. She co-created F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution Media – a Focus on Photography to Re-vitalize Agriculture and Strengthen Democracy to increase advocacy for organic farmers ( Learn more at Food Sleuth Radio at

2012 Farm Bill Update by Melinda Hemmelgarn


he single piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill currently contains $90 billion in taxpayer funding and significantly affects farming, conservation, energy and the quality and price of the food on our plates. When the bill comes up for renewal every five years, the public has a chance to voice support for a greener, healthier, more sustainable food and farming system. Sign up for Farm Bill updates and action alerts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (website below), and talk with members of Congress about concerns. Marydale DeBor, who works to improve food quality in Connecticut, recommends that citizens align with farm advocacy organizations. “Advocacy is the single most important need now, around the Farm Bill and state policies,” she says.

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n Most Farm Bill dollars support food assistance programs, namely food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s largest safety net against hunger. In 2012, SNAP is projected to consume 75 percent of the total Farm Bill budget. n Most SNAP benefits are spent in supermarkets and convenience stores. SNAP can be used at farmers’ markets, but only by those who accept electronic benefits transfer cards. In 2011, SNAP’s $11 million of the program’s total $71 billion benefits were redeemed at farmers’ markets nationwide, directly benefiting local farmers. n Crop insurance is the second-largest Farm Bill budget item. n The majority of subsidy payments go to large farms producing corn, cotton, wheat, rice and soybeans, which helps explain why soda is cheaper than 100 percent fruit juice, and corn-fed feedlot beef costs less than organic, grass-fed beef. n An improved Farm Bill would provide participation incentives for conservation, beginning farmers, local food economies and organic agriculture, and better align agriculture with public health.

Learn more about the 2012 Farm Bill at: Environmental Working Group and EWG Action Fund

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Setting a Budget

Five dollars per meal for 21 meals a week, plus snacks, neatly totals the $125 weekly food budget set by the Leake family, of Charlotte, NC. Lisa and Jason Leake, parents of two young daughters, first explored what it would be like to eliminate processed food from their diet, which they describe in their blog at Their success led to the additional challenge of eating real food on a budget. “Having a realistic weekly budget is helpful, because you can’t go too far over budget before you realize you are in trouble,” advises Lisa Leake. To make it even easier to stay on track, she makes it a habit to shop near home and uses cash instead of credit.


Seasonal Shopping

In tough economic times, many families include food in their spending cuts. How can we tighten our budget and yet still eat well?


ix months ago, Josh Viertel threw down the “value meal” gauntlet in a major way. The Slow Food USA president challenged cooks around the country to create a family-friendly feast for less than $5. Many responded,

“If we shop for seasonal produce and freeze or can surplus from our local farmers’ market, we can eat well all year and still eat frugally,” advises Rebecca Miller, a macrobiotic and healing foods caterer from Overland Park, KS. “When fresh blueberries are $3 a cup at the grocery during the off-season, for example, we can still enjoy canned berries in recipes or thawed from the freezer on our morning oatmeal.”

blogs about family meals for USA Today. “I regularly emphasize what I call ‘eating down the fridge,’” she says. “That means making use of what we’ve got on hand, like generations before us that also went through food shortages. We’re just out of practice.” One way to help ourselves learn, says O’Donnel, is to stock a “smarter” pantry. Staples include different varieties of dried beans; lentils; quickcooking grains such as quinoa, bulgur, couscous and purple barley; garbanzo beans; brown and black rice; and a few BPA-free canned goods like tomatoes, black beans and chickpeas. “If we take our time and watch for good deals, we can build a pantry at a low cost,” she says, because such ingredients are basically “blank slates.” As just one example of a low-cost, pantrybased meal, O’Donnel might start with cooked red lentils, then add fresh ginger and garlic, sautéed onion with cumin, and fresh spinach and tomatoes, and then serve it with whole-wheat pita bread.

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INFLAMMATION Dietary Solutions Counter Disease by Linda Sechrist


t’s important to note that wounds and infections would never heal without the presence of acute inflammation, the body’s normal biological response to harmful pathogens, damaged cells and irritants. Although this protective measure to initiate the body’s natural healing response is often misrepresented as being synonymous with infection, it is not; even when the inflammation is caused by infection. Dr. Vijay Jain, an expert in ayurvedic medicine, explains how the system normally works: “An infection brings about an acute inflammatory response and also summons the aid of immune system cells such as lymphocytes—thymus cells (T cells), bursaderived cells (B cells) and natural killer (NK) cells—as well as monocytes (a type of white blood cell). These then migrate through the bloodstream to eliminate specific pathogens or pathogen-infected cells.” In contrast, chronic inflammation occurs when the immune response

stays activated, rather than naturally abating, and the body’s defense system consequently turns against itself. Today, a number of leading physician scientists, including Jain, are drawing attention to an epidemic of cases of such chronic inflammation. With 35 years of experience in general surgery and 15 years of focused study in integrative medicine, Jain bases his concern on extensive study and research. He currently serves as the medical director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well-Being, at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, FL. Floyd H. Chilton, PhD, author of Inflammation Nation, and professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, NC, is on the same wavelength. Trained as a physician and specialist in infectious disease and inflammation at Harvard Medical School, Chilton’s 20 years of research have likewise led him, along with pioneers like Dr. Andrew Weil, to conclude that chronic, systemic inflammation is the root

cause of many diseases. The condition has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Furthermore, in 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine published several studies showing that blood indicators of inflammation (such as homocysteine, fibrinogen and Creactive protein) are strong predictive factors for a heart attack. These experts all point to the standard American diet as a primary culprit for setting chronic inflammation in motion, and cite an anti-inflammatory diet as helpful in counteracting the problem. Kathy Bero, founder of at NuGensis Farm Inc., in Pewaukee, WI, attests that an anti-inflammatory diet containing many angiogenesis-inhibiting foods was a major factor in the remission of three aggressive forms of cancer that threatened her life six years ago. “Many of the diseases linked to chronic systemic inflammation also share a dependence on inappropriate blood vessel growth, which either nourishes the disease or hinders the body’s fight against it,” Bero explains. “Angiogenesis-inhibiting foods are known to assist the body in controlling the healthy growth of blood vessels.” The nonprofit NuGenesis Farm supports 35 acres dedicated to growing anti-inflammatory and angiogenesisbalancing foods with the strongest disease-prevention properties, using sustainable organic agriculture practices. It offers a “food as medicine” model for global communities seeking alterna-

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tive methods for naturally preventing disease. An anti-inflammatory diet recommended by family physician and nutritionist Ann Kulze, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, includes colorful, fresh fruits; green, leafy vegetables; low-glycemic foods such as whole grains, sweet potatoes and winter squashes; fruits such as berries, cherries, apples and pears; high-quality protein in omega-3-rich fish such as wild salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel; seeds and nuts such as walnuts; and green tea. It also calls for the vegetable-based protein found in soy foods, beans, lentils and other legumes. Ginger and turmeric, dried or fresh, rank among recommended spices. In addition to maintaining a healthy and correct balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory diet eliminates consumption of margarine, vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, all of which promote inflammation. “Anti-aging researchers believe that chronic inflammation shortens our lifespan,” remarks Jain, who recommends a prophylactic diet specific to the constitutional makeup of any of the three ayurvedic doshas—vata, pitta or kapha—as well as the annual panchakarma detoxification program. He further emphasizes that food should be freshly prepared with fresh ingredients and loving intention. “Proper economic studies would increase our understanding of the true cost benefit of growing food for the purpose of disease prevention,” says Bero. “Many believe that incorporating anti-inflammatory and angiogenesis-inhibiting foods into our daily diet will not only improve both overall health and the outcome of treatment, it will also go a long way in reducing immediate and longterm health care costs.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Rooftop-Raised Beds

Urban farmers in the United States are now transforming an increasingly significant portion of the country’s millions of acres of flat rooftops. Launched in 2010, New York’s Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm operation (BrooklynGrangeFarm. com), totaling nearly an acre atop a mid-rise warehouse, is among the largest of its kind. Sometimes called “vertigo farming,” because the farmers overlook an urban skyline, these enterprises re-green the landscape, wisely manage rainwater and rebuild affordable local fresh food systems.

Window Gardens

Windowfarm cofounders Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley ( help homeowners grow some of their own food in window spaces year round. Their research-and-develop-it-yourself hydroponic system project facilitates plant cultivation without soil, using nutrientinfused water pumped through a series of growing containers. To date, more than 20,000 people have downloaded plans for their own Windowfarm.

Alleyway Wonders

In the East Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, flowers, ferns and ivy gardens have replaced concrete alleyways thanks to Podmajersky, a local real estate development firm. The lush gardens provide a tranquil sanctuary from city bustle and an aesthetically pleasing and inspiring surrounding for the Chicago Arts District, home to 1,500 artists and other creative entrepreneurs. In Monroe, WI, one resident turned a humble downtown alley into a welcoming nature-scape. Taking advantage of the “heat-island effect” generated in paved urban areas from hard-surface buildings and a nearby parking lot, as well as a southern exposure, his Midwest gardens even include cacti.


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or everyone who feels surrounded by a concrete jungle occasionally relieved by a pocket park, green strip or landscaped median, the concept of finding a place to grow their own food may seem like a fantasy. Fortunately, backyard, rooftop and community gardens are good ideas that are coming on strong. Around the country, productive green spaces are replacing paved lots and lawns with edible perennials and seasonal crops that enable folks to eat better and fresher, while reducing the family food bill. “Food plants can be grown anywhere, including on a high-rise balcony, miles from the nearest farm,” says David Tracey, author of Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution. “You just need to meet the plant’s basic requirements for sunlight, water and a few nutrients. Cities are great places to grow specific kinds of food; they tend to have plenty of niche areas such as empty lots, rooftops and the ends of streets that new urban gardeners are using for growing fresh crops like salad greens and tomatoes.”


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Go Fish

Aquaponics is a well-organized way to sustainably raise fish and fresh produce together. “It mimics natural recirculation of resources in wetlands in a constructed dual-use ecosystem; the only inputs are fish feed and a small amount of power,” explains Sylvia Bernstein, author of Aquaponic Gardening and founder of “Because an aquaponic system can be set up anywhere, including warehouses, parking lots and exhausted fields, it is ideally suited to help localize food production and provide an alternative to clearing more land to feed our future.”

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“When your space is limited, you start to think creatively about how to best use it,” notes Tracey. “Consider all three dimensions of a balcony or other narrow areas to maximize growing potential. Climbing vines such as grapes and berries, hanging pots with tomatoes and nasturtium, and fruit trees in half-barrels are great ways to grow more food in a

Garden-Fresh Recipes lists some 2,500 community gardens in its database, as does the American Community Gardening Association ( small space. The crops don’t know they’re in a pot.” Herbs also love containers. Some plants, like tomatoes, can even be grown upside-down to more efficiently use limited space.

Vacant Lots

“Community gardens are an excellent solution for those with the garden itch and no good land to scratch,” advises Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International (, a nonprofit community of 20,000 members that has been cultivating change since 2008. Community gardens have taken over empty city lots, church lawns and schoolyards that are collectively farmed for food, relaxation or social camaraderie. Co-gardening a neighbor’s lot and sharing the harvest is another option.

Eating the Lawn

“There are no beauty contests in the plant world, but, if there were, a productive, ever-changing patch of diverse vegetables would beat out a monoculture of turf grass any time,” says Doiron, smiling. Put into food production, America’s 25 million acres of lawns could go a long way toward reducing the environmental cost of transporting produce hundreds or thousands of miles. Americans growing their own food isn’t a pie-in-thesky fantasy. As University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith confirms, “During the peak year for Victory Gardens, 1943, some government estimates indicated that up to 40 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front were produced in school, home, community and workplace gardens.” “One of the first steps in bringing healthy foods to the forefront of society is bringing them to the front and center of our living spaces,” concludes Doiron. “Growing food in small spaces is all about doing what you can with what you have. It’s a matter of changing our notion of potential food-producing landscapes.” It does wonders for people’s connection to nature, too. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist are co-authors of Farmstead Chef (, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Their award-winning Inn Serendipity B&B ( operates completely on renewable energy.

Lemon Balm Iced Tea Yields 8 servings Lemon balm grows prolifically and is ideal for a refreshing summertime iced tea. Slowly simmer the flavor out of the lemon balm in a slow cooker or simmer on the stove. Vary proportions depending on the pot size and desired sweetness. Big bunch of fresh lemon balm stalks with leaves ½ cup honey ¼ cup lemon juice 8 cups purified water 1. Stuff as much rinsed lemon balm into a slow cooker as will fit. Cover with approximately 8 cups of water, depending on the size of the slow cooker, and let simmer about three hours on low heat. 2. Drain the resulting liquid into a pitcher. 3. While it’s still warm, add honey and lemon juice. It is easier to add the honey while the tea is still warm, because it readily dissolves. Add more water to taste. 4. Chill before serving.

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by Judi Burton


he way they handled death back then is not the way it is handled today,” explained Tommy Broderick, tour guide at Brookgreen Gardens, while bumping along in the Trekker vehicle. He was taking us to the old cemeteries of some of the most influential people to have ever lived in South Carolina, and some of the most forgotten people to have built these plantations with their blood, sweat and tears. “Nowadays, people die alone in nursing homes, hospitals and hospices,” Broderick continued. “Back then, when someone was about to die, the front door was left open for the community to come in. All of the other doors and shutters were closed, and any shiny objects were covered for fear the spirit of the departing would be attracted to it and not find the light. Mirrors were also covered. A prevalent superstition at that time was that if you looked at yourself in the mirror while someone was dying, you would be the next to go.” We stopped in front of a cemetery surrounded by old mossy walls with a huge live oak standing inside. Four holly trees mark the corners of the park-like cemetery, which Broderick explained, represents life. I was given a paper listing—a long and solemn account of who is buried and memorialized there. We walked into the sanctuary and gathered around the 4-foothigh marble tombstone. He pointed to a particular slab, which had a very long epitaph engraved on it. “The men would get an entire biography on their stone, which took up the entire slab;


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but the women only got their name, their dates of birth and death, and husband’s name,” said Broderick. A pang of resentment flashed over me as I heard this. He went on: “The widows used to have a small golden coffin with a silver skeleton inside, which was supposed to help with prayer and meditation. Over the centuries, the coffin was converted into a locket with the deceased’s lock of hair in it. Finally, women would wear bracelets, pendants or rings that had the hair woven into ornamental knots. Small pieces of ivory were especially popular among mothers who had lost a child. A skilled watercolor artist would come in and paint the child onto the ivory so the mother would have a keepsake. Despite the fact that many in this cemetery were wealthy, many of their children died in their youth back then—only about half would survive.” We were standing in front of the memorial for Joseph Allston, Theodosia Burr Allston and their son, Aaron Burr Allston, who all died within a short time of each other. First, young Aaron contracted malaria at the age of 10. Theodosia, while in mourning for Aaron, sailed to New York to see her father Aaron Burr, third US vice president and known for having shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Her ship, called The Patriot, never made it to port, and was never seen or heard from again. Lastly, Joseph, governor of South Carolina, and learning of these tragedies, died of a broken heart. We all filed back into the Trekker and made our way over to the slave

burial grounds. Broderick explained that people first thought these burial sites were dumping grounds because there were rarely any traditional burial markers to speak of, but a lot of personal items were strewn across the ground. I thought of all the burial grounds that must have been unknowingly desecrated to make way for golf courses and condominium developments in the area. “The African slaves believed in burying their dead in a spiritually rich area, and did not believe in tampering with the gravesites. They may clear a tree if it falls, but for the most part, they considered it bad luck to do anything to the area.” We drove up to a very woody region with wild plants growing freely. We headed in on foot through a winding, narrow path that took us into the sacred site. Sunlight sliced through treetops and landed like spears all over the forest floor. A yellow butterfly flitted passed us, landing on our shoulders and heads as it made its way through the tour group as if to welcome us to this blessed spot. “The African funeral was an-all day affair,” he explained. “The women would get up in the morning and wail and sing all around the village, waking everyone else up and letting them know that the service was starting. Some of the men would go out to the site and dig, while others joined the procession with mournful music. By the end of the day, it became more of a celebration.” Our guide pointed to a conch shell on the ground. “This is very typical of a burial spot. The Africans believed that

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water was sacred. In fact, if you were to dig back here, it wouldn’t take very long before you’d hit water. This didn’t bother them because they had an affinity for water and the ocean. The ocean symbolized the way back to the motherland.” There were a few burial markers here. One in particular struck me as ingenious, actually. It was a moss-covered pillow-shaped marker, which had been a sack of cement, wetted and left to harden in the sack, then stuck halfway into the ground. Another small headstone was for a young child. Being that there were toys all around, it was possible that this child had not been a slave but a descendant of one, since slave children didn’t likely have many toys, and since people were still burying loved ones there after slavery. For some reason that made me feel really good. “All of the stones you do see are facing the east, because the east is the direction back home to Africa,” he went on. We were taken to another burial ground, where we were taught some more about the plantations and how they were run. I tried to imagine myself in the slave’s predicament, working an entire lifetime in the oppressive heat and humidity of the Lowcountry, with dangerous snakes and alligators, to augment the great wealth of the plantation owner, only to die so far from home. It gave me chills. While I can never come close to understanding a life like that, I felt a little closer to the truth than I had before I walked on such hallowed ground.


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CHOOSING FORKS OVER KNIVES Doctors Advocate a Plant-Based Diet by Linda Sechrist


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ilm Producer Brian Wendel’s concern for the many Americans suffering from multiple chronic diseases, as well as the strain this puts on our nation’s health care system and economy, sparked the idea for documenting what doctors researching the issue have to say about it. In his latest film, Forks Over Knives, these pioneering thinkers examine the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases afflicting humanity can be controlled or reversed by avoiding the ingestion of animal-based and processed foods; more, they make a compelling case that switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet can restore health. Much of the foundational science showing why a plant-based diet of whole foods is not only best for everyone’s health, but also for the planet, comes from noted nutrition research pioneer T. Colin Campbell, PhD. He has summarized his results in his book, The China Study, coauthored with his son, Dr. Thomas M. Campbell. His 1980 study of 130 Chinese villages, involving 6,500 adults and their families, directly tied the consumption of animal proteinbased foods to the development of cancer and heart disease. Based on his research, Colin Campbell, teamed up with Dr. Junshi Chen, currently a senior research professor with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Beijing, specifically characterized casein, a protein found in milk from mammals, as “the most relevant carcinogen ever identified.” With

concrete evidence in hand, and accounting for other diet and lifestyle factors, the pair went on to conclude that consuming whole, plant-based foods offers the best strategy for improving health and preventing serious diseases. Other solid science presented in the film comes from Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., whose 150 scientific articles complement the 1995 publication of his peer-acclaimed book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which summarizes the results of his long-term research on arresting and reversing coronary artery disease through nutrition. In his two decades of global research, Esselstyn, who directs the cardiovascular prevention

and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, found that wherever people ate a plant-based diet, cancer and cardiovascular diseases were rare. In many of the case histories and personal stories chronicled in Forks Over Knives, diet was used as a treatment for various diseases and cited as being more effective than prescription drugs. Anthony Yen and Evelyn Oswick, for example, attest how their lives were saved by switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet after a lifetime of illness that included multiple heart attacks and surgeries, as well as chronic chest pain. Treatment under the care of Esselstyn succeeded in reversing advanced-stage heart disease in both cases. Today, they enjoy active lives full of friends, family and meaningful work. Social media channels, such as Facebook, have been vital to spreading the word about the effective solutions presented by the Forks Over Knives film and companion book (complete with recipes). Wendel reports inspiring posts such as, “Your film changed my life,” or “I no longer require diabetes medication.” Potential savings in costs to people and the planet are vast. Consider, for instance, that according to the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, if the entire US population were to adopt a plant-based diet for just one day, the nation would save at least 100 billion gallons of drinking water, enough to supply every person in every home in New England for nearly four months. Wendel foresees the ForksOver website ultimately expanding into a news resource, linking people with information provided by leading experts in the whole-foods, plant-based world via various media platforms. It will also provide opportunities to blog with experts, listen to live broadcasts about food preparation and find resources to help individuals transition to a healthier, plant-based diet.

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process with leaves, pinestraw, and sawdust. No art experience necessary. $625 fee includes lodging and meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 800671-0361 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Green Business Development & Networking Meeting−4:30-5:30pm. Join SCORE & Natural Awakenings for free business development. Learn to analyze & make your business thrive, profit & succeed with help from SCORE ( Salt Water Café, 4660 Hwy 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Keith, 843-685-2478. Green Drinks, Grand Strand−5:30-8pm. Natural Awakenings hosts Green Drinks social get-together for the conservation minded, eco-friendly, sustainable, natural health groupies & Earth shakers. Follows SCORE business development meeting.. Salt Water Café, 4660 Hwy 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Keith, 843-685-2478. 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, MARCH 8 Inlet Nutrition Digestive Health Hour w/Linda Sacchetti Noon. free wellness coaching informational session on digestive health. Various Strand locations. Also 3/14 at 6pm, 3/16 at noon. Refreshments served, Info: Linda, 843 424-9586.

MARCH 9-11 Spirit Quest w/Grandmother June Perry, Wendy Kraus, & Betsy Bowman. A deeply prayerful and insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit is the focus of this seven-hour quest. Prayer Lodge is an integral part of this experience. $200 fee includes lodging and meals Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 800 671-0361 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Dowsing for Energy Management Workshop w/Julie Bradshaw & Katz Delauney-Leija–9am5:30pm. Learn to energetically clear people and places, accelerate goal setting, increase prosperity, promote health and spiritual wellbeing. $150 At About Your Health, 120 Kaminer Way, Columbia, Info & registration 803-530-6199. Ayurveda and Feldenkrais w/ Heidi McGovern PT, GCFP & guest Ginna Bourisseau AHC–9:305:30. A unique workshop. Ayurveda is the oldest known health system based on the ancient Vedas., In the practice of Ayurveda one becomes familiar

with herbs and a deep understanding of foods. Feldenkrais uses somatic learning through movement to enhance the quality of life. Workshop fee $100. Private sessions avail. Call for location. Info: Heidi 843-361-8436. Caring for the Dead Workshop w/Becky Calcutt & Tara McCoy–11am-2pm. Learn skills and aspects of caring for a loved one after death, how to create a meaningful experience, allowing simplicity and sanctity.. Topics: legal & financial, engaging family & friends, home funeral details, after-death care, natural burial. Lunch provided Presented by Certified Home Funeral Guide and Natural Burial Educator. Cost: $10, reservations req. Greenhaven Preserve, 1701 Vanboklen Rd. Eastover. Yamuna Body Rolling w/Cat Corchado–11:301pm. For every body, skill level or athletic ability. Helps fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinsons. $15 preregister, $20 door. Foot Wakers and Yamuna Balls avail for sale. The Yoga Room, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB, 843 450-9402, MyrtleBeachYogaRoom. com, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation–6-7:30pm. Class that roots yoga and practice supporting accelerated mind and body changes, of theses times, now and into the future. $10. Yoga in Common, 3080 Deville St, MB, 843-839-9636,

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Backbends: Open Your Heart w/Sandy Delgado−10am-Noon. Learn to breathe through your limitations, encourage strength. Improve your backbend, learn how and why it works, and why sometimes it doesn’t. Backbends realign the spine, counteracting and re-teaching the body’s poor habits and making daily movement more comfortable. $25 with preregistration and $30 at the door. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839, Ayurvedic Cooking Class w/Ginna Bourisseau AHC–10:30 -2:30pm. Cooking to balance the senses, balance health and balance emotions. Fee $20. Call for location. Info: Heidi 843-361-8436. Hypnosis Seminar w/Mike Oglesbee−1-2:30pm. Advanced Hypnotist will teach, in depth, how the mind works and how to effectively diagnose and create change in desired areas of life. Free. Guests will receive a free hypnosis CD. 196C Stonebridge Dr. MB. 843 957-6926, Mike@maximizedmind. com. Modern Buddhism: The Art of Peaceful Living w/Gen Kelsang Jampa–2-3:30pm. Jampa is an American Buddhist monk and the US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition. Free public talk, Columbia Museum of Art, museum’s auditorium. Info: Ganden Mahayana Buddhist Center, 803-256-0150,

Iyengar Yoga w/Karyl Tych–6-7:15pm. $10 for all, at Yoga in Common, 3080 Deville St, MB, 843-839-9636,

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Grandmother Oak Long Dance Intro Talk w/ Rev. Lindsley Field−7pm. Explains the Vision Quest Long Dance, to be held at the Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, in Kingstree May 18 to 20. Bring curious friends and family. Feel the energy of the dance; enjoy. Free. 4303 Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. 843 651-1086,


MARCH 20 & 21 Healing Wounds of the Heart: A Path to Wholeness through Yoga w/Susan Pannier-Cass. Participants will learn simple Kundalini Yoga, strengthening the body through gentle postures, elevating mood through breathwork, quieting the mind through meditation, and finding peace within, where answers lie waiting for discovery. $250 fee includes lodging and meals, Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 800-671-0361 or

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Square Foot Gardening & Container Gardening w/Christine Todd−10 am. Low Country Herb Society meeting at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church in Litchfield. Featured speaker from Brookgreen Gardens, will present program. Open to all, membership arranged at mtg. $20 annual dues, includes newsletter. Info: 843 215-6985 or email

Living at the Edge: A Spirituality of Presence w/Hilda Montalvo, Explore ways to weave together wisdom of the mystics with a new, emerging, creative consciousness. Through dialogue and quiet contemplation, participants will deepen their experience of the “I am-ness” within.. $300 fee includes lodging and meals. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree 800 671-0361 or



Kirtan Band–7:30pm. Connect to Divine through a style of music & singing from India. Suggested Donation: $10. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516,

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 3rd Saturday Health Talk w/Melody Iles, NP, Phd 10am. Free Natural Health Seminar. 315 Main St. Conway, 843-446-0293;; miles@

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 M a h a S a d h a n a w / D a w n Ya g e r ~ S w a m i Ambikanada−9-11am. For those that want to deepen their yoga study beyond the asana. Incorporate the lessons you learn on the mat into your life. 2 hour session includes theory, asana practice, relaxation and meditation. All levels. Walk in $15. 3901 N Kings Hwy & 38th Ave N . 843-467-5444, Light Breakfast at Unity Hosted by Christi Spivey–9:15-10:30am. Vegetarian & Vegan choices. Love Offering. Every 3rd Sunday. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, Unity –11 AM Sunday Service, Doing Greater Things – Following in the Footsteps of Jesus w/ Guest Speaker, Felicia Blanco-Searcy, Unity minister, writer and Life Mastery Consultant. Service followed by 1:30-4pm Vision Workshop – Living Your Life Full Spectrum with Searcy. Suggested donation, $20. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, Mind Spa w/Mike Oglesbee−1-2:30pm. Amazing and powerful class will take you deep into hypnosis and allow you to rejuvenate, renew, and heal your mind and body. Mind Spa will allow you to release negative energy and fill yourself with positive energy for a healthier life. $20. 196C Stonebridge Dr. MB. 843 957-6926,

OM Nation Kirtan Band w/Harrison Graves−7:30pm. Chanting (kirtan) is a part of the path of Devotional Yoga, or Bhakti Yoga. Yoga of Sound tradition: Chant OM for calmness, connection and Oneness. Chant OM Mani Padme Hoom to open the heart to loving kindness. Chant OM Shanti for peacefulness. $10. The Yoga Room 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB, 843 450-9402,

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Holistic Parent and Bella Baby - Grand Opening Party−10am-all day. Raffles, giveaways, samples and organic snack food. There’s a large children’s play area, so bring your children and enjoy shopping. Offering cloth diapers, and natural parenting products. 7269 Highway 707, just north of Big Block Rd, MB. 843 882-7111 or 520 907-2363,, Facebook: Holistic Parent.

improves overall circulation and respiratory health. $20 members, $25 non-members. Inlet Yoga 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, Free Intro Session on Light Meditation & Prayer w/Jackie Boyce–4-6pm. Learn to work with your inner light to meditate and pray effectively. The light prayer or 7 steps of effective prayer – a simple, effective way to still the mind and the body, go within, and connect with your inner light. Can be used for praying for others and the world by directing the light outwards. Group experience at conclusion. The Yoga Room Coop, 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB,

MARCH 27-APRIL 3 Icon Painting as Prayer w/Christopher Marie Wagner. Enter deep prayer time of Lent through the writing of the icon of St. Michael the Archangel. Complete an icon using acrylics and gold leaf; no experience necessary. Materials fee, $40; class limited to 10. $675 fee includes lodging and meals Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. 800-6710361 or

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation w/HarDarshan Khalsa−5:30-7:30pm, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with emphasis on cultivating prosperity in your life. $25 with preregistration, $30 on the day of the workshop. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839, Light Meditation & Prayer w Jackie Boyce–6-7:15. Learn to use light to open and clear your energy centers, do effective healing work, clearing past traumas and the energy body, attune to the angelic kingdom, become a Divine Knower. $33 for all 4 sessions 3/29, 4/11, 4/19, 4/26.or $10 for drop ins. Min 6 people. The Yoga Room 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB, .Info: Jackie, 843-655-1483,


New Moon Drum Circle at the The Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op–7pm. For teens & adults. Bring a drum, a cushion or chair with rubber feet & an open heart. Profits go to Hope House. $3 at the door. 196 C Stonebridge Dr, MB,

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,


Connecting with Your Spirit w/HarDarshan Khalsa Kundalini−1-4pm. Healing asanas with emphasis on the glandular system. $35 with preregistration and $40 on workshop day. Creating resonance, harmony and balance within self, family, friends and clients, uplifting. Carolina Power Yoga, 769 Main St, NMB, 843 877-5839,

Unity –11 AM Sunday Service, Making the Law of Attraction Easy w/Guest Speaker, Larry Larson,. Service followed by afternoon discussion: Why the Law of Attraction is nice to know but not always enough. Love offering.. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, Intro to Inversions w/Lauren Davis−1-3pm. For students who want to learn to safely begin an inversion practice. Incudes headstand, shoulderstand and handstand. Props will be used to ensure your safety and build your confidence. Improves digestion, helps to focus your mind, gives you energy,

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Mind Spa w/Mike Oglesbee−1-2:30pm. Amazing and powerful class will take you deep into hypnosis and allow you to rejuvenate, renew, and heal your mind and body. Mind Spa will allow you to release

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negative energy and fill yourself with positive energy for a healthier life. $20. 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB, 843 957-6926,


TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Prosperity Plus Program w/Cathy Hatch & Rev. Margaret Hiller−6-7:30pm. 1st of 10-week series. Catalyst for greater self-awareness, deeper spiritual practice, more meaningful relationships, financial increase, and stronger self-esteem. Developed by speaker, best-selling author, and consultant Mary Morrissey, LifeSOULutions. Must preregister by 3/25. $49 fee includes materials. 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Green Business Development & Networking Meeting−4:30-5:30pm. Join SCORE & Natural Awakenings for free business development. Learn to analyze & make your business thrive, profit & succeed with help from SCORE ( Salt Water Café, 4660 Hwy 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Keith, 843-685-2478. Green Drinks, Grand Strand−5:30-8pm. Natural Awakenings hosts Green Drinks social get-together for the conservation minded, eco-friendly, sustainable, natural health groupies & Earth shakers. Follows SCORE business development meeting.. Salt Water Café, 4660 Hwy 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Keith, 843-685-2478.

APRIL 14-15 Art in the Park at Chapin Park w/Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild−10am-4pm. Over 60 artists from the East Coast with about 20 from our local area. Paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. 1400 N. Kings Hwy. MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 446-7471,

APRIL 20-21 Spring Garden Festival 2012 w/Low Country Herb Society & Inlet Culinary Garden–8am-5pm. Herbal food samples, 80+ varieties of herbs, 30+ varieties of heirloom vegetables, edible and fruiting plants, butterfly and hummingbird perennials, and plants that attract beneficial insects. Pottery, organic fertilizer, and potting and seeding soil. Free entry. Inlet Culinary Garden, 5071 Hwy 17 BypS, in Murrells Inlet Info: LCHS at lchsnews@ or call 843-215-6985

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Earth Day Music Fest–11am-6pm. Health and wellness Expo, Kids Zone, Art Show, Beer Garden. Family friendly outdoor festival featuring live music. Grand Park and Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Info and to be a vendor, email Kristi at .

APRIL 24-25 Reiki 1 & 2 Classes w/Bridget Kelly−9am-4pm. Learn Reiki, an ancient traditional practice used all over the world in clinics, hospitals and hospices, rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui in the mid 1800’s to promote healing and wellbeing.. Call for info. 843 695-0304.


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Unity Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Susan Boles, LUT & Lesta Sue Hardee−9:30-10:30am. Metaphysical Studies. Current book: Keeping a True Lent by Charles Fillmore. Love Offering. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, 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, Yoga Fitness Boot Camp w/Island Wave Yoga−1011:30am. A 12-week series designed to tone, increase strength & stamina. Prior yoga experience not necessary. Drop in to one, two, five or all. Drop in, series passes or regular membership fee applies. 10555 Unit A Ocean Hwy 17 Business Pawleys Isl. Info: 843-314-3206, Unity Church Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller & guest speakers−11am celebration service. 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, Inlet Yoga Sunday Series–6pm-7:30pm. Different class each week: Ashtanga Clinic, Yin and Candlelight Yoga, Meditation. Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843-655-6272,

Hot Power Vinyasa w/Tara Gurry, ERYT–Noon1pm. Hot challenging Vinyasa flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, passes $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839, Restorative Yoga w/Donna Stead–1:30pm. Might be best described as a supported, conscious body/ mind relaxation practice. Min 6 to max 10 students. $12 in advance $15 day of. Must preregister. 196C Stonebridge Dr MB, 843 450-9402, A Course in Miracles w/ Ken Lennon−5:30-7pm. A combination of psychology & spirituality. Save yourself years of therapy, learn how to have a mentally healthier & emotionally happier life. Love offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside. 843-238-8516 Fat Burning Happy Hour w/Modern Cleansing &

Wellness–6-7pm. (3/13 and 3/27) Time to join the 90 day Bfit challenge and lose the fat before summer. Learn how. Money back guarantee. 6371 Dick Pond Rd, MB, 843-828-4665, ModernCleansing. Community Warriors w/Lyndsay/Karley/Todd (rotation)–6-7:30pm. They call it a community class; we call it Community Warriors. Be courageous; be an Ashtanga warrior. Explore strong standing postures and prepare to sweat. All levels, by donation. Secret Lotus Yoga, 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB. 843-333-2656; Iyengar Yoga Level II w/Karyl Tych–6-7:30 pm. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Core asanas refined & inversions taught with emphasis on correct alignment & self awareness. Rope Wall work. $15 drop in. Live Oak Yoga Studio at Hidden Village, 9904A N. Kings Hwy. MB, 843-340- 9642, 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, 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,,

2012 Weight Loss Challenge w/Inlet Nutrition. AM & PM appts avail. Murrells Inlet or Georgetown locations. $35/12 wk program. Free if you refer 3. Free coaching and metabolism test, prizes weekly and more. Linda: 843 424-9586 Slow Flow w/Maribeth MacKenzie–9am. Breathe and move slowly through you postures linking breath with the movement. Be prepared to hold some postures for a few breaths and also to flow from posture to posture linking breath and movement. All levels. Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843 655-6272, InletYogaStudio. com. Vinyasa for Hips & Shoulders at Shanti−9:3011am. All levels vinyasa with a heavy concentration on mobilizing the pelvis & shoulder girdle. Shanti Myrtle Beach, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-4675444, Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT CFP−10am-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. Offered in series or single classes. 6wk series $50, 5 wk series $40. Walk in $10. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436, heidimcgov@, Family Practice w/Island Wave Yoga−12:30-

1:30. Join Angie for an all levels Vinyasa yoga while your kids do a craft with Jodi in our hang out space. 10555 Unit A Ocean Hwy 17 Business, Pawleys Isl, Info & registration: 843-314-3206, Restorative Yoga w/Donna Stead–6pm. Might be best described as a supported, conscious body/ mind relaxation practice. Min 6 to max 10 students. $12 in advance $15 day of. Must preregister. 196C Stonebridge Dr MB, 843 450-9402, 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. Shanti Myrtle Beach, 3901 N 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. Kriya Yoga Meditation Group−7-8pm. Ongoing Meditation Group for personal & spiritual growth. Beginners & advanced are welcome for instruction & support. Love offering Basis. Call for Strand location. Paula Kenion, MS, Meditation Teacher, 843-650-4538

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, 843-448-0011, 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, 843-651-9350. 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, Meditation, Silent & Guided w/Kelly Faith Payne–Noon-12:30pm. In Unity’s Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach. org.

Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Ashtanga Short Form at Shanti−5:15-6:15pm. A sequence that is available & yet challenging for all levels, an amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists & adjustments helpful. 38th Ave, N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, Gentle Yin Yoga & Meditation w/Tara Gurry, ERYT–5:30-6:45pm. Healing deep relaxation that reduces stress, blood pressure and heart rate, loosen joints and muscles, relieves fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, and quiets your mind, all naturally without medication. All levels, $12/walk-in, passes avail, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB 843-877-5839, Yoga for Golf & Sports w/Maribeth MacKenzie–5:45-6:45pm. Class for golfers and sports enthusiasts, and everyone interested in working specific muscle groups to build strength, endurance, and to bring longevity to any sport, even yoga. Inlet Yoga 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-6556272, A Musical Yoga Journey w/Angel Grant–6-7:15 pm. Yoga in Common Spotlight Class. Each week, a different playlist and every week a power class. $15 drop in. Passes accepted. Yoga in Common, 3080 Deville St, Market Common, MB, 843-385-6176. Dharma Gentle–6:30-7:30pm. Students led and helped according to their needs and abilities. learn important breathing exercises, key in restoring vitality and a balanced functioning of the inner workings of the body and mind. sessions end with a guided deep relaxation to rebalance and restore. Shanti Yoga, 38th Ave N, Kings Hwy, MB 843467-5444, 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 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. Kriya Yoga Meditation Group−7-8pm. Ongoing Meditation Group for personal & spiritual growth. Beginners & advanced meditators are welcome for instruction & support in their practice. Love offering Basis. Call for Strand location. Paula Kenion, MS, Meditation Teacher, 843-650-4538

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES – For sale in North Central FL; Lexington, KY; Asheville, NC; Santa Fe/Albuquerque, NM; Cincinnati, OH; Tulsa, OK; Northeast PA; Columbia, SC; Southwest VA. Call for details 239-530-1377. Become a Wellness Coach. Regardless of background, Linda will show you how to create a part-time income or a long term residual income for yourself. 843-424-9586 or lindasacchetti@ NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINE FOR SALE, COLUMBIA SC. Call 803 233-3693 for details. Currently publishing, 15,000 copies per month. Training provided. WE PAY YOU TO LOSE Weight Loss Challenge. 36 people needed who are serious about losing weight. Join for $35. Every Tues. (am or pm avail). 843-424-9586 or 843-267-4399

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Yoga Pilates Fusion w/Caroline Wells–Noon1pm. Class that combines stability from yoga and mobility from Pilates. The moves will tone and sculpt your entire body using your body weight. Engage the powerhouse of your body, and enjoy the amazing benefits of two disciplines. All Levels. $12 walk-in, passes avail, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839,

All Levels Ashtanga Vinyasa w/Karley Lott–910:30am. Sun salutations, forward bends, backbends & an arm balance or two, with concentration on the breath and flow of postures. All levels. $15 Drop-in or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB, 843 333-2656,

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

Gentle Morning Yoga w/Penny–9-10:15am. For all levels & all bodies. Variations on postures for those with medical problems. Suggested love offer-


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 non-profit no kill shelter for exotic animals. support by donating time and love. Lisa 843 546-7893, info@ VOLUNTEER WITH THE WELLNESS COUNCIL for S.C. today.

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ing $5. Call Penny, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, 843-902-1416, Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, Hot Yoga at Inlet Yoga–9am. Beat the winter chill and be prepared to sweat and detox in a room heated to 90-95 degrees. A wonderful way to move deeper into postures and experience the benefits of stretching the body in a heated environment Inlet Yoga 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, Vinyasa w/Dawn−9:30-11am All levels practice that is challenging while giving modifications if needed. Time to take your practice beyond the asana. Combines physical discipline with meditation to heal on all levels. Shanti Yoga, 38th Ave N 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. Offered in series or single classes. 6 wk series $50. 5 wk series $40. Walk in $10. Possum Trot Rec Center Bring a mat. 843-361-8436 heidimcgov@, Intro to Wellness Coaching Seminar w/Inlet Nutrition–11am & 6pm. Info for becoming a Wellness Coach, regardless of your occupational background. will show you how to create a part-time income or a long term residual income for yourself. 843 424-9586 or A Guide to Practical Spirituality w/Ken Lennon–Noon-1:30pm. Dialog group on the perennial wisdom found in Unity’s principles & great world religions & how we live these ancient spiritual truths in our lives & world today. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach. org. 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, Alkaline, Antioxidant, Detoxifying Water w/ Raymond Owens−5:30pm. Full water demos & power-point presentation. Learn about the importance of body ph, drinking bottled & tap water. Call for reservations. Joyfilled Gifts, 805 Front St. Georgetown, Raymond, 843-833-1773, qhoplans@ Intro to Ashtanga Yoga/Beginners w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−5:30-6:45pm. Ancient art of Classical Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series of Ashtanga explored at a beginners’ pace. Breathe, move, sweat, tone & purify from certified Ashtanga instructor. $15 Drop-in or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB.; 843-333-2656; Iyengar Yoga Level II w/Karyl Tych, 6-7:30 pm. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Core asanas refined & inversions taught with emphasis on correct alignment & self awareness. Rope Wall work. $15 drop in. Live Oak Yoga Studio at Hidden Village, 9904A N. Kings Hwy. MB, 843-340- 9642,


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Ashtanga Primary Series at Shanti−9:30-11am. A sequence that is available & yet challenging for all levels, an amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists & adjustments helpful. Shanti Yoga, 38th Ave N Kings Hwy , MB 843-467-5444, Candlelight Community Yoga w/Tara Gurry RYT−5:30-6:30pm, Flowing through sun salutations, warrior & balancing series, ending with mat poses. Harmonizing moving meditation class will strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, quiet the mind, & inspire spirit. All Levels. Community class by donation. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB 843-877-5839, 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.

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, Power Yoga w/Maribeth MacKenzie or Mimi Rose (rotate)–9am. Be prepared to sweat, build strength and endurance challenging enough for all levels as modifications will be offered for those looking to build their strength and endurance while others may be looking to test it. Inlet Yoga 637D Bellemy Ave., Murrells Inlet. 843 655-6272, American Tribal Style Belly Dance w/Roxanne Balcer–10-11am. 8 wk dance series starts 3/3. Do you miss belly dancing? Or always wanted to try it? Miss the low impact exercise, friends, feeling beautiful? The Yoga Room, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB 843 450-9402, Heated Vinyasa Yogaw/Tara Gurry, ERYT–1011am. One breath one movement, a creative flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. All Levels. $12 walk-in, passes avail, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839,

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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 13.


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 F u n c t i o n a l I n t e g ra t i o n ® 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 19.

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 13.

JOHN W. FISHER, DC Murrells Inlet 843-651-1086

Dr. John W. Fisher graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1977 and is the founder of the Balance Chiropractic Technique— advanced methodologies for structural, chemical and emotional well-being. Incorporated in his practice are allergy elimination, clinical nutrition and neuro-emotional techniques. He specializes in difficult cases working with the whole body and has been acclaimed for his adjusting expertise. He and his wife, Lindsley, work together at Wholistic Alignment and offer free consultations. See ad, page 5.

CHURCHES ALL SOULS METAPHYSICAL CHAPEL Rev. Alma Swartzweider Coastal Carolina University, Wall Building, Room 119 843-347-6261

“God said, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17). Sunday service healing, 10:45. Worship and message, 11 am. Spiritual counseling and healing readings by appointment. Devine metaphysics expands your understanding of the Bible and your own spirituality. We welcome you to join us and expand your consciousness to accept all humanity just as we are.

ECO-TOURISM RETREATS ENOTA MOUNTAIN RETREAT 1000 Hwy 180 Hiawassee, GA 30546 800-990-8869 706-896-9966

Cabin rentals, motel rooms, RV sites, tent sites, a spa and wellness center, an organic farm, more than 300 animals to delight the kids, trout fishing and the best home-cooked meals available anywhere. See ad, page 9.


Mike Oglesbee, CAH, MPNLP 843-957-6926 Mike Oglesbee has developed the most powerful and effective system of treatment for most any challenge you may face. Mike utilizes hypnosis, NLP, law of attraction, life coaching, and other traditional psychology methods to provide immediate positive change within the 90 percent of the mind known as the subconscious where the root of problems actually exist. If you want to create real lasting change with ease, the subconscious mind is where you must go. Call Mike or visit for more information.


Rev. Lindsley Field, CTP Certified Trager® Practitioner & Tutor Facilitator of Healing for Body Mind Spirit 843-651-1086 Receiving a Trager® session feels fantastic, deeply relaxes and rejuvenates and it’s uniquely transformational. A licensed Spiritual Counselor/ Intuitive, Reiki Master teacher since 1990, Lindsley draws from 20+ years experience in mind/body energy and emotional healing techniques, including the use of organic, therapeutic grade essential oils. An approved provider of CEUs for massage therapists/ bodyworkers, she offers a variety of classes. Selfcare and releasing stress are key ingredients to better health and wellness. Free consultations, affordable rates, discount packages. She and her husband, John, combine therapies at Wholistic Alignment. See ad, page 5.

Enota is a family-friendly retreat many say is their best cabin or campground experience ever. The natural springs, hiking trails and rushing waterfalls each hold the promise of adventure.

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931-319-0499 Students of martial arts and qigong often show stress relief, reduction in body weight and improvement in their overall health and well-being. Learn from a master with more than 40 years experience the ancient arts of tai chi, qigong, jujitsu, karate, samurai sword and other various weapons. Take control and call Dean Sutzer today.


Sandra Hales, LMBT 7246 Beach Dr, Ste 2 Ocean Isle Beach, NC 910-880-5230

Sandra Hales has been practicing massage therapy since 1993. She is a graduate of Body Therapy Institute and has practiced Reiki since 1986. She is also certified in prenatal massage and offers swedish and deep tissue. Gift certificates are available. Massage sessions by appointment. Visit the website for more information. “It’s Nice to Be Kneaded.”


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 8.


315 Main St, Ste 6 (Upstairs), Conway 4810 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach 843-446-0293 If you are living with pain, chronic illnesses, mental fogginess or poor health conditions that never seem to resolve, it’s time to look at natural solutions and wholistic care to optimize your health.


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Dr. Melody Iles is a naturapathic practitioner who listens to you and carefully examines your fingernails, tongue and eyes to distinguish the health of organs and body systems. She then suggests specific foods, herbs and supplements to help place your body in a state of healing.


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.


When I opened Cleansing Power at the Beach my vision was that it would evolve into an all-natural wellness center, and we are growing at a rapid pace to fulfill the vision. We educate our clients on how natural lifestyle approaches can facilitate the body’s healing potential. We learned that symptoms are signs of an underlying imbalance due to improper nutrition, rest and stress management which over time result in weakening the body. I have a personal testimony to how the things I have incorporated in my business have helped me, and I would love to help you. See ad, page 31.


Joseph Davis Grand Strand 843-333-5790 It’s no secret that heavy chemical pesticide use can be damaging to the health of our families, pets and environment. Nobody wants their home and yard covered in poisons. We specialize in low-impact organic and green solutions at an affordable

cost. Safe for you, your children, pets and the planet. See ad, page 8.


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 and recognized medicine chief of eight Native tribes in South Carolina. Offering The 7 Sacred Rites of the Peoples, smudgings, pipe circles, drum circle, spirit circle, teacher of the medicine way, traditional teepee demonstrations, ordained minister for wedding ceremonies, carrier of the sacred bundle. How may I serve you?  


Kangen Water Independent Distributor 843-833-1773 or 843-527-8681 In my wildest dreams, I never thought that at 72, drinking water could clean the plaque from my arteries, dissolve kidney stones and repair my health, until I researched ionized water. With a body pH of 7.0 or higher cancer cannot survive. See ad, page 9.


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 25.

YOGA CAROLINA POWER YOGA 769 Main St North Myrtle Beach 843-877-5839

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


637 D Bellamy Rd, Murrells Inlet Breathe, empower and transform your practice! Inlet Yoga offers several styles of yoga in Murrells Inlet. Experienced instructors teach classes for students of all levels. Ashtanga, Beginners, Gentle, Iyengar, Restorative, and Vinyasa Yoga. See ad, page 23.


10555 Unit-A, Ocean Hwy 17 Pawleys Island 843-314-3206 Facebook: Island Wave Yoga Island Wave Yoga offers a welcoming space for both those who know yoga and those who want to know yoga. Classes are drop-in, and series passes and memberships are available. Classes include Lava Flow, Beginners, Intro & Mixed Flow, Ashtanga,

Family Fun, Power, Yoga for Golf & Sports, $5 Community, Relax & Renew. Workshops include YOGA 101 and, Prenatal, Chair, Meditation, YIN. Island Wave Life retail carries prAna activewear, Manduka mats and props, Om Sweet Om Jewelry, books and more.

process by gently assisting you in awakening your own healing abilities. We offer several styles of yoga, tai chi, kung fu, sound healing, Trager® Mentastics, Reiki, and life/wellness coaching. See our ad and visit our website, See ad, page 12.



Karyl Tych, MEd, MS, Ed, RYT Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy, MB Hidden Village 843-340-YOGA (9642)

3901 N Kings Hwy, Ste 20-A 843-467-5444

Karyl studied in India this year with B.K.S. Iyengar and is one of three certified Iyengar teachers in South Carolina. Live Oak Yoga Studio is the only Iyengar Yoga studio in the SC coastal region and is fully equipped with a rope wall from India, bolsters, chairs, blocks, belts, blankets and mats. Iyengar yoga is known for its emphasis on correct alignment, the use of props and clear, methodical instruction. You receive individualized instruction in every class to increase flexibility, balance, strength and stamina.


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

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.


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.


Formulated natural health supplements intended for pain control, urinary health, preventive illness, virility, stress relief, weight control and other common conditions. See ad, page 2.


196C Stonebridge Dr, MB 843-450-9402 The Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op is shared by practitioners trained to enhance, encourage and empower you on your path to well-being. The modalities we offer support you in this

What: Green Happy Hour When: Wed., March. 7th

Green Business Support 4:30 pm - Drinks - 5:30 pm

Where: Salt Water Cafe

4660 Hwy 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet.

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A National Historic Landmark

he lady driving past the sculpture of the “Fighting Stallions” on Highway 17 made a decision. “We’re going to Brookgreen Gardens today” she said to her husband, “We keep saying we’re going to see what’s there and today we’re going to find out.” What they found is a place where history, art, and nature merge seamlessly. A place nestled within the 60-mile stretch of South Carolina’s coast known as the Grand Strand where one of the most significant collections of sculpture by American artists in the world is showcased under a canopy of historic live oak trees, native plants, and flowers. The place is Brookgreen Gardens and for more than 75 years visitors have come to marvel at its beauty. The idea for Brookgreen Gardens was born in 1930 when philanthropist Archer M. Huntington and his wife, the famous sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, read a real estate brochure about “Four Colonial Estates on the Waccamaw River for sale.” The price was $225,000 for 6,635 acres of land that stretched from the Waccamaw River to the Atlantic Ocean. They purchased the property plus several thousand

additional acres to build a winter home but very soon after the acquisition they decided to devote much of the land as a protected wildlife refuge and to dedicate another parcel of land as a sculpture garden. In 1931, the Huntingtons established Brookgreen Gardens as a non-profit corporation and opened it to the public the following year. They wanted to attract visitors who might not ordinarily go to an art museum and to engage art lovers in a deeper appreciation for the natural world and its delicate environments. Over the years, the beauty of the gardens, the natural surroundings, and the animals in their native habitats have awed millions of visitors. Open daily, this National Historic Landmark offers tours, classes, cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals. These programs shed light not only on the sculpture, plants, and animals seen at Brookgreen, but also on the rich history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. So like the lady driving past the entrance, make the decision to see for yourself what Brookgreen Gardens is all about.

For more information call

(800) 849-1931

or visit Admission is Good for 7 Days!

Located on Highway 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

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