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The Ultimate Minimalist 5 Lessons from Gandhi

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letterfrompublisher Escapes. We fantasize about our great escapes from work, from drudgery, from responsibilities—we even plan escapes from our vacation, literally escaping from our escapes.

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This month, we look at the hazy summer days and how we can make our own escapes to explore cool summer foods, new green vistas, fresh new environments and new conversations with interesting people we’ve yet to meet. Those who live at the beach, head for the cool, quiet green mountains, while the mountain people all pack up to visit the warm sands and sparkling nightlife of the beach resorts. How lucky that here in the Carolinas we have it all within reach. What do you do for your escape? Is it a trip to visit the kids and grandkids, or a romantic getaway to spend quiet time with your other half? Some plan trips around the world to exotic locations; this month, Natural Awakenings begins offering inspiring tours of China and Peru. Or you can spend family time right in your own backyard enjoying some of the healthy summer refreshments we suggest in this month’s Conscious Eating recipes. Escape can be whatever takes you to your very own place of joy to recharge your spirit and replace the fears and worries in your heart with hope and love. Water and sun have always been the stage for the theater of my favorite happy moments, but for you and for everyone, those joyful escapes are very personal and completely unique to your own experiences and fortunes. Look this summer for a respite that recharges your batteries and refreshes your outlook, and maybe we at Natural Awakenings can inspire you with a few ideas. Be well and be healthy,

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avid Guthrie sought Spiritual clarity all his life and discovered the Unity spiritual movement in 2004 to became an ardent student of the deep metaphysical teachings of Unity founders and mystics Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. The Unity spiritual path powerfully served Guthrie when he was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and this journey led him deep into the realm of formless Spirit. The intuitive insights he has so gratefully received have guided him to offer a description of his journey to assist others who may be facing similar challenges. In his two-hour presentation, Cancer Speaks: A Journey into Awareness, Guthrie describes his experiences with traditional and nontraditional medicine, and the importance of diet and detoxification. Guthrie does not profess a cure for the dis-ease of cancer. Instead, he opens pathways of understanding that may assist in easing the discomfort and the inevitable rise of fear by establishing an intimate connection with the intelligence of the disease. Anyone who is diagnosed with chronic disease, medical professionals, healing practitioners, caregivers and loved ones of those so afflicted, and all who have been touched by seemingly fatal diagnoses will benefit in the sharing of Guthrie’s stories and insights. Guthrie has served as spiritual leader of Unity Center of Pittsburgh, PA, and is a licensed Unity teacher candidate. He is unwaveringly committed to the service of the expansion of awareness. He brings uncanny insight to his work of heightening the awareness of presence and peace at the core of all humankind. Unity Christ Church welcomes Guthrie as guest speaker at the 11am Sunday Service, July 15, Releasing Inner Splendor and Genius, and his two-hour workshop, July 15, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Suggested donation is $20; with a vegan lunch for $10 or both for $25 if you reserve a space and pay in advance by mail. On Monday, July 16, private healing sessions will be offered by Guthrie who sees that Jesus came to be the great example toward which humankind is evolving. It is by your faith that you create the life you truly want. Join together with Guthrie in a one-on-one session designed to increase


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your faith one hundred fold. Sessions are $60 for 50 minutes. For more info, to reserve for the workshop or to schedule a session, call Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach at 843-238-8516 or call David Guthrie directly at 412-7206184. Unity is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside Beach. Visit and see ad, page 8.

Aquaponics at Barefoot Barista


n the front porch of Barefoot Barista, guests can now look at the veggies grown in a brand new aquaponics system, which will be harvested for their meals. The closed system needs zero fertilizer, and is completely organic due to the ingenious addition of gambusia fish, or mosquitofish, which eat up to one hundred mosquito larvae a day. The local freshwater minnows munch on the baby bloodsuckers, and then excrete the fish manure, making for a very potent plant food cocktail. This rich water then circulates through hydroponic-system growing plants. In return, the plants filter the water and grow algae, which the fish also like to eat, creating a very harmonious ecosystem. The fish are normally found in puddles where they can live in extreme hot and cold temperatures. Aaron Stinston builds the aquaponics systems in Pawleys Island and also works at 3DM Ministries, a company that helps churches all across the world. The system is small enough to fit in an apartment, but can also be expanded to any size. A little pump that uses less energy a year than a small string of Christmas lights, turns on every hour and a half and pumps water for a half hour, keeping the water from becoming stagnant. The power usage is approximately only $8 a year, and the entire system only costs about $200 to set up. Barefoot Barista is currently growing tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, summer squash, fruit, peppers and cucumbers from seeds or cuttings. For more info, visit or call 843-9577803. See ad page 7.

Festival of Healing and Spiritual Awareness, July 21-22


he annual Festival of Healing and Spiritual Awareness returns to Columbia the weekend of July 21 and 22, featuring a wide variety of vendors, healers, speakers and intuitive counselors. This event is, according to Reiki master Margaret Self of Carolina Reiki Institute Inc., “a wonderful way to explore new and different means of healing body,

mind and spirit in a fun atmosphere. Nowhere else locally can one meet, speak with and learn from so many experts all in one place.” Come and join in the fun, have your aura photo made, explore JR Rock Shop’s selection of crystals and stones, receive an intuitive reading, find a one-of-a-kind gift from Belladonnas shop, get a massage or Reiki session, and take advantage of the hourly lineup of speakers. Share all of this and much, much more with the more than 400 people who attend each year. The event takes place at the COOP, 1100 Key Rd, next to Williams Brice Stadium. Doors open Saturday from 9:45 am to 8 pm, and Sunday, from 10:45 am to 6 pm. Entrance fees are $10 for Saturday and $8 for Sunday, or $15 for a weekend pass. Friday, July 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, intuitive counselors will be available for readings at $35 for 30 minutes. The festival will not be open to the public on Friday. For a full program listing of participants and schedule of activities, contact organizer Jan Posey at Janthemother@aol. com, or call toll free at 888-595-2266.

Chicago-area Couple Wins Natural Awakenings Costa Rica Contest


lizabeth Sobol and her husband, Ronnie, won a weeklong stay at the Farm of Life (Finca de Vida) natural healing and wellness center, in Costa Rica, in a national sweepstakes sponsored by the facility and Natural Awakenings. The four-month contest, conducted through local Natural Awakenings magazines and, drew nearly 3,500 entries. The Sobols will enjoy shared accommodations, nightly dinners, and the use of the communal kitchen and the farm’s fruits and vegetables to prepare their own breakfasts and lunches. They will also experience health coaching, yoga sessions, two waterfall hikes, a beach excursion, a permaculture farm tour and a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. The winning couple, avid readers of the Natural Awakenings Chicago North & North Shore edition, plans to stay at the healthful retreat in August. “Our readers enjoy the many contests that we run locally, so we’re so happy that two of them won this fabulous national contest,” says Peggy Malecki, co-publisher with Jim Irwin, of the Chicago-area edition. To learn more about Farm of Life, visit or Google TripAdvisor Farm of Life.

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Fitness Clinic Lunch & Learn July 18 & 27


ersonal Wellness Coach Linda Sacchetti will show you how you can stay on top of your game or fitness activity. Attend one of the Lunch & Learns where you will receive prizes and samples of featured sports products. She will also customize a plan for your sport so that you can have optimum energy, stamina and muscle recovery to excel; appropriate for students and adults. If you bring a friend, you will receive a $10 gift. The Lunch & Learns will be held at 11:30 am Wednesday, July 18, and Friday, July 27. Find the cutting-edge tips to stay on top of your game or sport. For more info, contact Linda Sacchetti at 843-424-9586. See ad, page 6.

Awakening Journeys Debuts Travel Adventures of Self-Discovery


raveling to new destinations and learning about different cultures ignites the imagination and engages the senses in exotic ways, encouraging a fresh understanding of our place in the world and our connection with others. With the recent creation of Awakening Journeys, friends and readers of Columbia Natural Awakenings can enjoy several opportunities for self-discovery and adventure, beginning in fall 2012.

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Travel excursions to Peru and China, offered in a special 10-day tour format, will be the first destinations available. Sheryl Miller, a traveler from St. Petersburg, FL, who recently toured China says: “This is a fabulous journey—an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. China will fill up your senses and expand your heart.” Likewise, visitors to Peru’s many historic sites, such as Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins surrounding Lake Titicaca, speak of remarkable vistas and extraordinary memories. Travelers with Awakening Journeys will find themselves immersed in the varied cultures and traditions of each destination country. These trips are intended to inspire and enrich participants through purposeful travel, camaraderie and diverse activities. Local group rates are available, and local nonprofit organizations can participate and use the trip as a fundraiser. For groups and local fundraisers, email the Columbia Natural Awakenings publisher at for details. For more info and trip itineraries, or to register for an Awakening Journey, visit See ad, back page.

The Wellness Council Helping Kids Grow Healthy


he Wellness Council for South Carolina is bringing its Green S.P.A.R.K. (Shaping Potential and Reaching Kids) program to summer camp. “We will be working with director Linda Brown at the Mt. Pisgah Summer Enrichment Camp in Conway, SC, and teaching more than 30 local youth ages 5 to15 from July 10 through 13 in nutrition, exercise, the importance of recycling and green jobs. There will also be some creative arts programs, “ says Kristi Falk, executive director. “The Wellness Council for South Carolina is very excited about working with such an inspirational and forward thinking group.” The Wellness Council is also always looking for volunteers for the SPARK program as well as its many educational events, EXPOs, and school programs that bring awareness, education and growth to the community for sustainable living, wellness, fitness and the arts. For more info, visit or call Kristi Falk at 843-995-3199. See ad, page 31.

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Wondrous Watermelon


Just Leave a Message by Laura Lee Zanghetti Snapping photographs during spring and summer and painting at her studio throughout the winter, self-taught Massachusetts artist Laura Lee Zanghetti works year-round on the realistic seascapes and portraitures she loves most. She travels throughout Boston Harbor and the surrounding islands, gathering inspiration for her beach and shoreline scenes, where colorfully clad boaters and beach strollers often find their way onto a finished canvas. Although based upon the pictures she takes, Zanghetti’s creations transcend them and frequently include personal touches such as replacing the numeral on a sailboat with a child’s birthday number. “I don't want my art to look like a photo,” she advises. “You can do anything you want with a painting. You can actually improve on nature.” Zanghetti employs several techniques and styles of painting, working primarily in acrylics and oils. Her art is held in private collections across the US, and Surfside, an oil on canvas, graced the cover of South Shore Living magazine in July 2009. Another Zanghetti canvas appeared on the television series Desperate Housewives. View the artist’s portfolio at


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n a hot summer day, a cool, juicy slice of watermelon offers enticing refreshment. The treat offers surprising health benefits, too—it may help keep weight off and arteries clear, according to a recent study involving mice with high cholesterol by University of Kentucky researchers. One group sipped watermelon juice; the control group, water. After eight weeks, the mice that imbibed the juice had a lower body weight due to a decrease in fat mass; lean muscle mass was unaffected. These same mice also experienced reduced atherosclerotic lesions—associated with hardening of the arteries—and lower concentrations of cholesterol in their blood. “This pilot study has found… interesting health benefits in the mouse model of atherosclerosis,” says lead investigator Dr. Sibu Saha, a cardiothoracic surgeon. “Our ultimate goal is to identify bioactive compounds that would improve human health.”

To Stay Sharp, Keep Moving


erobic exercise not only gets the heart pumping, it is also good for brain health. According to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, aerobic workouts can reduce the risk of dementia and slow its progression if it starts, because they deliver oxygen to the brain and generate nutritional factors that improve brain functioning. Exercise also facilitates neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.

Why Corn Syrup is Worse than Sugar


hy is it important to choose natural sugars instead of highfructose corn syrup (HFCS)? Dr. Vanessa Bundy, a pediatric resident at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University, remarks, “Fructose is metabolized differently than other sugars and has some byproducts [that are] believed to be bad for us.” Children and adolescents who consume many foods containing pure fructose, such as sodas and energy drinks, kids’ cereals and sugary snacks, are at special risk. The researchers’ analysis of 559 adolescents, ages 14 to 18, correlated high-fructose diets with higher blood pressure, fasting glucose levels, insulin resistance and inflammatory factors that contribute to heart and vascular disease. Heavy consumers of the mega-sweetener also tended to have lower levels of cardiovascular protectors such as HDL (good) cholesterol and adiponectin, a protein hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism of lipids (fats and oils) and glucose (a simple sugar and universal source of energy). Bundy explains, “The overall amount of fructose that is in HFCS is not much different than the amount in table sugar, but it’s believed there’s something in the syrup processing that plays a role in [producing] the bad byproducts of metabolism.”

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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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White Roofs Cool Local & Global Warming Some things are easy. A new study from researchers at NASA and New York’s Columbia University has concluded that painting a city’s roofs white or another light color could reduce the local ambient temperature by 5 percent or more during hot summer months. This negates the phenomenon scientists refer to as the “urban heat island effect,” in which the dark jungles of asphalt, metal and concrete turn cities into heat reservoirs, soaking up the warmth of the sun instead of reflecting solar radiation back into the atmosphere. In New York City, it was discovered that a white-surfaced roof was 43 percent cooler than its black counterpart. The city passed a law in 2007 to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2030; increasing the city’s albedo (the amount of reflected solar radiation) by brightening its surfaces is one of the quickest, cheapest and most effective ways to achieve significant reductions. After announcing a plan to alter roofs atop the US Department of Energy and other federal buildings in the summer of 2010, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest-cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change.”

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Expanding Problem Cities Growing Like Weeds Worldwide

Expanding cities around the globe, especially in fast-growing countries like China, India and Brazil, are putting the world under increasing environmental stress, according to experts at a climate conference, Planet Under Pressure, in London, reports Reuters. The additional 1.5 million square kilometers of space they expect to be occupied by 2030 will mean growing greenhouse gas emissions and resource demand. The United Nations foresees global population rising from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050, adding roughly a million people each week. Farsighted urban planners want to improve how cities are planned, developed and run. “Everything being brought into the city from outside—food, water, products and energy—needs to be sourced sustainably,” observes Sybil Seitzinger, executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Utility meters and sensors that monitor power generation network capacities and electricity supply and demand can help conserve energy. Builders can also target more efficient land use, better building standards and policies to promote public transportation instead of vehicle use. More urban areas need to follow the example of cities like Vancouver, in Canada, which obtains 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and tidal energies, and has developed a 100-year sustainability plan.

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Data Centers Leave Bigfoot Carbon Footprints Giant data centers, known as “clouds,” that store and transmit data, photos, emails, songs and streaming videos every day, have become one of the fastest-growing consumers of worldwide electricity. Now, a Greenpeace International report details the truth about how much coal is burned to operate and maintain this virtual, online cloud of electronic data transmission worldwide. Every day, tons of asthma-inducing, climate-destroying coal pollution is emitted into the air just to keep the Internet going. The good news is that tech industry leaders such as Facebook and Google are starting to quit the coal habit; Apple’s new North Carolina data center will run in part on renewable, biogas-powered fuel cells and a large array of solar panels. A Greenpeace initiative is working to persuade Microsoft, Amazon and others to likewise disassociate their brands from the specter of poisoned air currently damaging the climate. Take action at

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Bees & Superbees Update While bee colonies die off around the world, pesticide chemical companies continue to protect their businesses by lobbying against bans on neonicotinoids, a group of nicotine-based toxins designed to paralyze insects by attacking their nervous systems. And that, claim critics, includes honeybees. Mounting authoritative research undermines the pesticide industry’s longrepeated arguments that bees are not being harmed, and increases pressure on US and UK authorities to follow other countries in banning the suspect chemicals, blamed for the “colony collapse disorder” that has been decimating bee populations. The current double-whammy for honeybees is an Asian mite, the varroa, which feeds on honeybee young and adults and spreads viruses. To fight the pest, commercial beekeepers have turned to heavy feeding and medication to try to keep hives alive. Now, scientists at the US Department of Agriculture’s honeybee lab, in Baton Rouge, LA, that have studied for the last decade why some hives had low mite levels, have determined that the bees in those colonies were able to detect mites hiding in sealed cells and feeding on developing young. The researchers’ goal is to breed a queen that will pass on to her colony the traits of resistance to pests and disease, gentleness, productivity and winter hardiness, thus creating a superbee. The project is ongoing. Source: Environmental Health News.

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Urban Walkabout Traveling Afoot Sustains a Sense of Community by Meredith Montgomery


hile traveling abroad, Dan Burden fell in love with some cities, but was unable to pinpoint why. “Then I realized that they were just like American cities, except they were designed the timehonored way, for people, and just accommodating their cars, not the other way around,” he says. Imagine a busy, people-filled scene in Austin, TX, Fairbanks, AK or New York City, in contrast to an empty street in a sprawling, suburban neighborhood, with many garages, but few sidewalks and community parks. As co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WalkLive. org), headquartered in Port Townsend, WA, Burden has spent the last 20 years imagining and fostering walkability by shifting the design focus of cities from cars to people. He believes a community qualifies as walkable when walking around in it is a natural activity.

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and enjoyable. Streets are designed to keep speeds low, with on-street parking, medians, trees and an absence of one-way roads that flush traffic in and out during rush hour. Walking and biking trails are well connected. Where cul-de-sacs fracture street layouts, trail links reconnect neighborhoods. A walkable destination also includes an intact town center with a compact layout of mixed-income housing near businesses and schools. A library, post office, shops and restaurants enhance the central mix. Accessible public spaces, plus parks, provide gathering spots and meeting places. Walkable features provide multiple benefits. Environmentally, they encourage smart property development. Rehabbed historic buildings become the place to live, work and play. Older, non-historic structures are replaced with compact, mixed-use buildings for street-level businesses with residential apartments above. Without a need for massive parking lots and multiple driveways, town centers instead invest in green spaces and walkways. While decreasing fossil fuel use by driving less, citizens simultaneously benefit in improved personal health as increased physical activity becomes a natural part of everyday life. According to the American Journal of Preventive

Medicine, the average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs six to 10 pounds less than one from a sprawling neighborhood. Improvements to increase walkability make economic sense; a valued, and thus valuable, investment, especially when municipal budgets are tight. “Municipalities simply can’t afford to build the massive-scale roads we need to keep traffic moving if we force everyone into their car all the time,” observes Burden. Research by CEOs for Cities who analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions found that higher walkability scores were directly linked to higher home values in 13 of the 15 metro areas; homes that scored above average on walkability are worth $4,000 to $34,000 more than similar, but less walkable, homes.

Superior Quality of Life For Fairhope, AL, resident Daphne Dvorak, walking is a necessity. Since being diagnosed with macular degeneration two years ago, Dvorak hasn’t been able to drive. “It’s a good thing I love walking,” she smiles. “I walk everywhere.” At 87 years young, her daily routine includes walking for coffee at 5:30 am before walking to work at a downtown bank and later, to the post office. She also walks to visit friends at a nearby retirement community, to church on Sundays and to the grocery store. Despite her inability to read street signs, Dvorak exclaims, “I’m amazed at everything I see when I walk. It’s surprising how much enjoyment you can get out of everything around you.” Oakland, California resident Benjamin McGriff is grateful for the expanded sense of home afforded by walkable city life. He remarks, “The line between your autonomous life in your physical residence and shared, day-to-day experiences within a community becomes blurred.” This heightened sense of connection to one’s neighborhood is inversely captured in Sightline Institute’s Cascadia Scorecard, which tracks seven trends crucial to a sustainable future

“The benefits of making commercial districts and neighborhoods more walkable go beyond healthy lifestyles. Because baby boomers are going to need to rely less on driving as they age and the millennial generation favors a more urban experience, the demand for walkability will soar. There’s a direct economic payoff for investing in communities made  for people, not just cars.” ~ Rick Cole, city manager, Ventura, CA for the Pacific Northwest: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife and pollution. They found that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10 percent. The best benefits of walkable communities are less tangible and more intuited. Whether it’s the stimulating energy of a bustling bigcity street corner or the tranquility of quiet spots with tree-shaded public benches, walkable communities enjoy a character and quality that draws people in and grounds them in a satisfying sense of place. “It’s why you often find people from such places celebrating and defending their particular enclave,” says McGriff, “as if the idea of that place is a part of their family. In a sense, it is.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet. com).

Advice from Walkability Experts by Meredith Montgomery


hile some big cities make it easy to live without a car, most modern American communities are lacking in walkability. According to Dan Burden, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the best way to make improvements is to first bring like-minded citizens together. “It can happen around a school where parents have an interest in kids having a safer to-and-from journey,” he says. “Or it can start with a neighborhood where people realize what they’ve lost and want to get back, such as a park.” Burden advises establishing a unified plan among community members before approaching city officials. He points out, “Quite often, city leaders want to improve walkability, but don’t feel they have the backing of citizens.” Citizens wanting to initiate a movement toward a more walkable hometown can learn from these national initiatives: From Inspiration to Action ( AARP and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute have published From Inspiration to Action: Implementing Projects to Support Active Living, a step-by-step guide to making streets more walkable. From working with local governments to securing funding, this comprehensive resource helps to mobilize concerned citizens. Walking Advocates ( This group engages, educates and connects walking advocates. Online tools guide citizens in forming a local advocacy group to change transportation policy. Safe Routes to School ( Their participatory programs make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing to students, thus encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle from an early age. The website provides a step-by-step guide for creating a local program, classroom guides and curriculum, grant information and law enforcement resources. Rails-to-Trails ( A nationwide network of trails built from former rail lines continues to expand as area volunteers secure funding and permits. Those labeled rail-trails are multipurpose public paths that replace former railroad corridors, while rail-with-trails are public paths parallel to active rail lines.

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of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. ~Albert Einstein

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by Judi Burton

Living in a vacation destination is a dream for millions of people across the planet. Every summer, the Grand Strand opens its doors to the multitudes of tourists seeking a brief respite from their “real” lives. Southern hospitality goes a long way in this area, but after a while, hosting hundreds of thousands of extra people can get daunting. The traffic gets heavier as the weather gets hotter. Finding a place to eat on a Friday night with no wait time is close to impossible. The summertime has become a tradition for many of the locals to run for the hills, literally. The mountains of North Carolina and Georgia provide an escape from “vacationland,” where locals can go and be undisturbed for a week or two at a cozy bed and breakfast, or a romantic weekend at a vineyard. Families enjoy camping trips with the kids, trying out the zip-line and white water rafting. Some look for a sacred retreat to ground themselves in prayer and meditation. Here is a look at a few of the best-kept secrets for avoiding the crowds. Grapefull Sisters Vineyard This seventh-generation family-owned vineyard produces wine from the muscadine grape, a variety originally eaten by the Waccamaw Siouan Indians who lived in the area. With more than150 varieties, the muscadine grape is naturally low in sugar and 40 times higher in antioxidants than other viniferous grapes. In Tabor City, NC, sisters Amy and Sheila invite visitors to stay at the Inn d’Vine Bed and Breakfast, which boasts an upstairs dwelling that can accommodate two couples for the couples romantic getaway retreat, complete with a full kitchen and common area. The Carolina room has a shower that doubles as a sauna. With second-floor rooms and a deck that wraps around the

inn, visitors can sit back in the breeze, drink organic coffee, and enjoy the view of the grapevines against the North Carolina sky. A large, plush tent is set up on a small creek in a private section of the Carrollwoods RV Park attached to the property. There, a sly wife might steal her husband away from his daily routines to go on a camping weekend, without having to do the drudgery of setting up a tent, starting a fire or even bringing water. Everything is taken care of before you get there. The couple can add a custom-made picnic basket with a bottle of wine and fall asleep in each other’s arms in an extremely soft queen-size bed. Pets are allowed, even encouraged, with the advent of the recently established Bark Park. For those who would like to leave their mark, visitors can adopt

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a vineyard row for $300 that includes a plaque on the row post, three nights in the inn, a picnic basket, three bottles of wine and much more. Sponsors are encouraged to come out during the second week of September to help pick the grapes. For more info on Grapefull Sisters Vineyard, visit or call 910-653-2944. Sacred Grove Retreat Sacred Grove Retreat in Gold Hill, NC, is a “playland” for the metaphysically inclined. After she had her fill of traveling the world, Ellen Whiteside took over the 11-acre retreat from a friend. This location has an “energy vortex” with a massive crystal quartz boulder and a small yurt (traditional round tent structure) for private meditation, massage, light therapy and more. There is always some type of spiritual ceremony being held at Sacred Grove, including the recent Lighting of the Lights Ceremony that was led by 16 wisdom keepers gathered from around the world. A Yoruba priestess from Nigeria, channeling “Oshun,” or “The Mother,” blessed the stream that is nestled in the grove during this ceremony to pray for the waters of the Earth. A woman at this ceremony poured water that she had collected from all around the world into this stream, while in prayer for the purification of our most precious resource. A huge labyrinth sits in a meadow under the sun, and there is a large yurt for drum circles and other gatherings. The retreat has three lodges to fit any size family, or just the 16

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single person. A new sweat lodge has been erected, which will be used frequently and safely by visitors to cleanse and ground their energy. Dogs are welcome as long as they are well behaved and are not prone to barking, as it is a place for quiet introspection, meditation and healing. For more info and upcoming events, visit or call 704-463-0768. Enota Mountain Retreat A place to bring the family, this is the ultimate agritourism showcase, especially for the organic minded. Hugged by the 750,000-acre Chattahoochee National Forest, this ancient piece of land is a wanderer’s dream. There is an or-

ganic, biodynamic farm, which emphasizes the wholistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a selfsustaining system. By using naturally occurring fertilizers and herbal pest control systems, as well as relying mostly on rain for the watering, the farm is extremely Earth-friendly and sustainable. Kids are encouraged to come out and milk the cows, feed the chickens and collect the eggs. Oh, and you can go, too. Enota has many log cabins available for large families, plus a campground and private rooms overlooking a stream and a waterfall. While the kids are running around, jumping on trampolines and splashing in the water, the adults can enjoy a full-body massage and aromatherapy sessions. Ever wanted to walk at least part of the Appalachian Trail? There is a one-and-a-half mile hike to the famous path, perfect for the day hiker. Homemade and organic meals from the farm are available upon request and on weekends. No worries if you are vegan or vegetarian; just let them know ahead of time and Enota will accommodate your diet restrictions. For more info, visit or call 706-896-9966 or 800-990-8869. Springbank Retreat Center for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts Summertime is not prime time to visit Springbank Retreat in Kingstree, SC, but as soon as September rolls around, it is in full swing with workshops and classes. The four Adrian Dominican Sisters, simply known as “The Sisters,� run Spring-

bank and have a packed schedule of workshops on healing, native flute playing, drum making, sweat lodge ceremonies, pottery classes, 12-step programs, dream workshops, and so on. Visitors normally stay a few nights and pay an all-inclusive sum for food, lodging and the specific class of their choice. Guests are encouraged to walk the old plantation property and enjoy the labyrinth, the 800-year-old grandmother oak tree, a prayer grotto, a wilderness swamp sanctuary, and a medicine wheel. The retreat has 28 guest rooms, allowing for the single person or an entire conference. Coming

soon, there will be straw-bale-built guesthouses powered by sustainable sun and wind. One-, two- and three-month sabbaticals are available in the winter and spring for people in need of a quiet place during a life transition or recovery. Those wishing to just go out for the day are welcome, and there are volunteer days where you put your energy into Springbank in return for food and friendship. For more info, visit or call 843382-9777.

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ummer is the high season for outdoor gatherings to celebrate warm weather and make the most of evening’s lingering natural light. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, simple is generally better. Backyard cookouts and picnic takeouts call for tasty fare, light foods and nothing too fancy or fussy. In most parts of the country, summer brings a bounty of just-picked produce, and the fresher it is, the fewer the steps required to make delicious dishes. By keeping just a few staples on hand—cold-pressed olive oil, garlic cloves, fresh herbs and lemons, a good sea salt and freshly ground pepper—the cook will always be prepared to put together a delectable, trouble-free spread. Options run from grilled goodies to marinated and tossed salads that give the hosts time to enjoy their company. Complete the treat by serving skewers of fresh, ripe, cut fruit for dessert—an easy, healthy and welcome alternative to rich and complicated or store-bought sweets. Creating a fun and festive atmosphere for backyard gatherings is easy,


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without a lot of fanfare. String up twinkly lights and use natural wax votive candles placed in empty jam and jelly jars to protect them from the wind. To ward off mosquitoes and generally keep bugs at bay, encircle the patio, deck or park picnic area with citronella candles or incense. Fire pits always make an outdoor gathering feel more special. A mesmerizing center of attention, they also warm up the evening as the temperature drops. To keep serving and cleanup easy, use eco-friendly disposables. Look for plates made from recycled content or bagasse (derived from sugar cane fiber), cutlery sourced from biodegradable, plant-based plastic and recycled-paper napkins. Give guests instant access to a nearby compost bin, garbage can and recycling bin, or designated carry-away bags. Happy summering! Renée Loux is an organic chef, restaurateur, green expert and media personality. Her books include Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit

Grilled Black Bean Quinoa Patty

These flavorful patties are a hearty and complete source of protein, a popular, plant-based option for traditional burgers. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works to bind the ingredients together in place of eggs. When grilling, be careful to flip them gently, so that patties stay together; they’re equally delicious cooked in a skillet on the stove. Serve on a whole-grain pita and load on the toppings. For a gluten-free alternative, use ground tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs. Yields 6 to 8 burgers 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained and spread out to dry for 20 minutes; divide into two equal parts 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional) 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 3 Tbsp water ½ cup cooked quinoa ½ cup breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, as needed 1 /3 cup finely chopped red onion ¼ cup chopped cilantro Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Toppers Salsa Avocado slices Lettuce Sliced red onion Pickles 1. Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. Shake and let stand for a few minutes for excess liquid to drain. Spread out on a clean, dry towel; blot dry with another clear, dry towel; and let stand to dry for 20 minutes. This can also be done in the oven—spread on a cookie sheet and dry at 300° F for 15 minutes.

2. In a food processor, place half of the beans, Vegenaise, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Chop in pulses to create a coarse purée. Transfer to a medium bowl. 3. In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed and water. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Mix into the black bean mixture and add remaining beans, quinoa, breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, onion and cilantro. Mix until combined. If the mixture looks too wet to hold together, add more breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Form into 3- to 4-inch-circumference patties. If time allows, let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm and for flavors to develop. 5. On a grill preheated to mediumhigh and brushed with oil, cook patties until crisp and brown, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Or heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa, Tomatoes and Herbs

Grilling mushrooms brings out their savory flavor. Stuffed with protein-rich quinoa, this dish is satisfying enough to be served as an entrée. Yields 6 servings 6 Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp dried thyme Sea salt 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 scallions, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced ¾ cup uncooked quinoa 1½ cups water 1 low-sodium vegetable bullion cube 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp chopped herbs—basil, parsley and/or mint

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Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme. Brush cleaned mushrooms with mixture and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes. 3. Grill on each side until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Or roast mushrooms under the broiler until juicy, about 10 minutes (optional). 4. In a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat, and sauté garlic and scallions with a pinch of salt and pepper just until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add quinoa, water and bullion cube. Turn up heat, cover and bring to a boil. Stir once and reduce heat to low to simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. 5. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Fold in tomatoes and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 6. Place mushrooms cap-side down on a serving platter. Fill the cavity of the mushrooms with the quinoa mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Watermelon Mediterranean Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Avocado and Olives

This dish embodies the zenith of summer, when watermelon and tomatoes are at their height. Paired with refresh-

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ing cucumber, buttery avocado, savory olives and bright herbs, this pastiche of flavor and texture is a perfect accompaniment to any backyard or picnic party. Yields 4 to 6 servings 3 medium heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut into ¾-inch pieces 1 cup watermelon, cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 avocado, cut in half, pitted and cut into ¾-inch cubes ½ cup pitted green olives, chopped (Castelvetrano olives recommended) 1 Tbsp chopped basil 1 Tbsp chopped mint 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. In a bowl, place tomatoes, watermelon, cucumber, avocado, olives, basil and mint. Toss gently. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour over tomato-watermelon mixture and toss gently to mix. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Pesto Grilled Corn on the Cob

A pesto-packed twist on a backyard party classic, grilling corn in its husk yields tender kernels and a delectable natural sweetness. Yields 6 servings 6 ears unhusked corn Pesto 1 cup packed basil leaves 1 clove garlic 2 Tbsp pine nuts 1½ Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 6 Tbsp olive oil 20

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1. Oil grill and preheat to medium high. 2. Fill a large bowl with cold water. 3. Keeping the husks attached at the base, peel back the husks of each cob and remove the silk. Cover the cobs again with the husk. 4. Soak the corncobs in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes to prevent husks from charring too quickly. 5. In a food processor, place basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper and chop in pulses for maximum mixing. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Set aside. 6. Place corn, covered in its husk on the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill, let it cool enough to touch and then remove husks. Return to grill and cook, turning to lightly char all sides, for an additional 5 to 7 minutes total. 7. Remove from grill and generously brush with pesto. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper if desired and serve hot.

Brown Rice Summer Succotash Pasta Salad

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and stir. Cook until firm to the bite, al dente, according to the directions on the package. Be careful not to overcook the pasta, as it will become mushy. Drain in a colander, rinse and drain again. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil to prevent sticking and let cool in the colander, stirring occasionally. 2. Heat up a large skillet to medium hot. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, onion and pinch of salt and sauté, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add corn, tomatoes and edamame, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until corn is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. 3. In a large bowl, place pasta, vegetable mixture and parsley and mix to combine. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool, then place in the fridge to chill.

Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw

This festive summer pasta medley is a great picnic food. Brown rice pasta is a tasty, gluten-free alternative to traditional wheat pasta and full of wholegrain goodness.

This colorful, Asian-inspired slaw is fresh, flavorful and a great complement to grilled foods and summer feasts. Almond butter in the dressing lends a light creaminess and scallions, ginger and garlic create a savory, spicy triumph of taste.

Yields 6 to 8 servings

Yields 4 to 6 servings

1 lb brown rice pasta—elbow, penne or rotini shape 4 Tbsp olive oil; divide into two equal portions 1 cup chopped red onion 1 large clove garlic, minced 4 ears corn, kernels cut off (2 to 2½ cups) 3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half 2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed ¼ cup chopped parsley leaves 1 Tbsp lemon juice Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Dressing 3 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp almond butter 1½ Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey 1 tsp bottled toasted sesame oil ¼ tsp dried chili flakes (optional) 4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage 4 scallions, thinly sliced 1 medium carrot, shredded 1 red bell pepper, cut into

matchstick strips 1 cup thinly sliced snow peas Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

flavor combination to embellish this cooling iced tea. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and good-for-you phytonutrients.

1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, rice vinegar, almond butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, maple syrup or honey, sesame oil and chili flakes (if desired). Dressing can be made up to one day ahead. Let come to room temperature before tossing and serving.

Yields 4 to 6 servings

2. In a large bowl, mix together Napa cabbage, scallions, carrot, bell pepper and snow peas. Add dressing and toss to thoroughly coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand 15 minutes before serving for flavors to develop.

Homemade Cherry-Vanilla Soda Pop

This crimson, creamy soda is reminiscent of the classic version. Reducing the cherry juice sweetens and intensifies the flavor; no additional sugar is required. Fresh vanilla bean is key and worth seeking out. Yields 6 servings 3 cups 100 percent unsweetened black cherry juice 1 vanilla bean (about 6 inches long) Seltzer or soda water 1. Place black cherry juice and vanilla bean in a medium-size saucepan. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, until liquid has reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat and let cool until comfortable to handle. 2. Remove vanilla bean and chill the syrup in a sealed glass jar in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. 3. To serve, pour ¼ cup syrup into a tall glass, top with 6 to 8 ounces chilled seltzer or soda water, and stir. Add ice as desired.

Peach Basil Green Iced Tea Peaches and basil are a refreshing

6 peaches, pitted, peeled and sliced ½ cup agave nectar 4 cups water 4 green tea bags 1 cup basil leaves 4 cups boiled water Basil leaves for garnish

through a strainer lined with cheesecloth to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard pulp. 2. In a pitcher, mix together honey and warm water and stir until honey is dissolved. Add strawberry juice, remaining lemon juice and cold water. Mix well and serve over ice.

Watermelon-Mint Limeade

1. In a saucepan, place peaches, agave nectar and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. 2. Place peach mixture in a blender and blend until smooth (always be careful when machine-blending hot foods). Pour through a sieve or strainer lined with cheesecloth to strain into a pitcher. 3. Bring an additional 4 cups water to a boil. Pour over tea bags and basil and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and basil. Pour into pitcher with peach nectar and chill in the fridge until cold. Stir before serving, as the peach nectar tends to separate; serve over ice garnished with basil leaves.

Strawberry Honey Lemonade This honey-sweetened lemonade is flush with fresh strawberries for a perfect balance of flavor and thirstquenching enjoyment. Yields 4 to 6 servings 1 pint strawberries, washed, trimmed and cut in half 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons) 2 /3 cup honey ½ cup warm water 5 cups cold water 1. In a blender, place strawberries and ¼ cup lemon juice and blend until smooth. Pour through a fine sieve and press with the back of a spoon or pour

1 small watermelon (or half of a larger melon), diced 1 /3 cup fresh lime juice 1 /3 cup agave nectar 2 Tbsp chopped mint 1 Tbsp chopped basil Pinch crushed sea salt 2 cups ice 1. Using a chinois or other fine-mesh strainer, push the watermelon through the mesh using a sturdy wooden spoon, to push through all the liquid into a bowl, leaving behind the pulp and seeds. Pour the liquid into a pitcher with the lime juice, agave nectar and a pinch of salt. Chill well. 2. Just before serving, add the mint and basil to the liquid, and blend the mixture in the blender in two batches, adding a cup of ice to each batch. Future fun: Freeze leftover portions into popsicles for an easy treat on another day. Recipes from The Balanced Plate and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux, and; limeade recipe courtesy of Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club.

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The Ultimate Minimalist Five Powerful Lessons from Gandhi by Arvind Devalia

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi


olitical and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving an admirable legacy of how to live. Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England. When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions. In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having less, life naturally becomes simpler. We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions. Accumulate little. Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils. He would give away or auction any gift he received.

Eat simple food. Gandhi never had a problem being overweight. He followed a strict vegetarian diet and frequently cooked his own simple, locally produced foods. He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers. Dress simply. Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort. A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming. Gandhi shaved off his hair. Lead a simple, stress-free life. Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer. Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children. Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks. He advocated selfsufficiency and simple work. Let your life be your message. A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary. He preferred to let his life talk for him. By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world. Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy. Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, an inspirational coach and prolific blogger. Connect at

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SUNDAY, JULY 1 Unity–11am Sunday Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller. “Prayer Consciousness” 8 week series begins. 12:30pm Unity Family Feast/Potluck. Visit with friends & make new ones. Vegan & Vegetarian appreciated, along with consciously raised meat products Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516,

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Myrtle Beach Full Moon Drum Circle−6-9:30pm. Singing, and chanting, and howling and dancing to the sound of the drums, the smell of the sage, the spirit of celebration. Meets every month on the Sat nearest the full moon, MB State Park, Shelter B6 Alcohol prohibited. Cheryl, MBdrumcircle@

SUNDAY, JULY 8 Circle of Women & Mother Waters Rising w/ guest Marigrace VanDeventer, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Certified Hado Instructor–4-6 pm. Sharing info on breastfeeding, child development, and maternal infant communication. Marigrace will also discuss energy/vibrational medicine and quantum physics along with her upcoming workshop. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest, or call Beth at 843 957-1483.

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 14 Pendulum Workshop−8-9:30am. A two part series learning to use a pendulum as a tool for the development of your own intuitive abilities. Covers the history of the pendulum and its use, how to get the most out of your work with it, how to ask questions, cross questions, how to get accurate information and how to use charts. Class card or walk in for $15 Shanti Yoga, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843467-5444.

JULY 9-13 Kids’ Yoga Camp w/Carolina Power Yoga 1:154:15pm. Yoga brings lively minds into union with their active bodies, to focus and learn healthy, positive life skills for empowerment and confidence. Learn body awareness, stretch, strengthen and balance in daily yoga classes. Learn how to calm, relax and focus minds in a nurturing, inspiring and non-competitive environment. Carolina Power Yoga in NMB, 769 Main St, Tara Gurry, 843-877-5839,

TUESDAY, JULY 10 The Moveable Feast at Inlet Affairs w/Leila Meacham−11am-1pm. Lunch with the author of Tumbleweeds. Devoted readers of Meacham will devour this juicy page-turner. A story of three young


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friends – the saint, the sinner, and the angel – growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. $25 paid reservation required Wed prior at Art Works inside Chocolate & Coffee House, Litchfield Exchange, 14361 Ocean Highway 843235-9600,

FRIDAY, JULY 13 OM Nation Kirtan Band w/Harrison Graves−7:30 pm. Come chant OM with us, along with other mantras from the Yoga of Sound tradition. Other mantras featured: OM Mani Padme Hoom and Long Time Sun, a celtic mantra for enlightenment. $10. The Yoga Room 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB,

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Chakras Balancing Workshop w/Galina Ross 11:30-1:30pm. Energy of the Sacred Heart Healing, Sound healing and meditation will help you to balance your chakras, release the pain, feel harmony and peace, feel better fast and live happier, abundant and productive lives. In this class you will be introduced to the powerful energy balancing meditations and tools. During 2 hr class you will receive a Sacred Heart Healing blessing/ energy, and also after the class you will have a recorded CD with balancing meditations. Visit our website for more info. $35 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB Raw Vegan Potluck Lunch & Movie−Noon. Bring a raw vegan dish to share and bring your own plates and eating utensils. Raw vegan food is the most nutrient dense food. Learn and share its health benefits. Movie about the food industry, or raw vegan food, starting at 12:45. Socastee Library, 707-Connector Rd, MB. rawveganmyrtlebeach. Yamuna Body Rolling Workshop w/Cat Corchado 2-4pm. YBR is a fitness and therapy practice that combines healing, wellness and injury prevention using 6-10\” balls. Helps sciatica, arthritis, fibromyalgia, low back, neck or shoulder pain. $20 prepay on Yoga Room website by 7/10. $25 at the door. 843-450-9402, 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Backbending & Inversions w/Britney Horine−911am. Will help all levels of practitioners find comfort in various backbends and inversions. Shanti Yoga, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444. Releasing Inner Splendor & Genius 11am Sunday Speaker: Rev. David Guthrie, Unity of Pittsburgh, PA.. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516,

Free Hypnosis Seminar w/Mike Oglesbee−1-2pm. Advanced Hypnotist & NLP Master Practitioner will host a free in depth class about how the mind works and how to effectively create change in desired areas of life. Guests receive a free hypnosis CD. 196C Stonebridge Dr. MB. 843-957-6926, Cancer Speaks–A Journey Into Awareness Workshop w/ Rev. David Guthrie–1:30-3:30pm. Rev. Guthrie, Unity of Pittsburgh, PA, was formally diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, beginning a journey into the realm of formless Spirit. Intuitive insights have guided him to assist others who may be facing challenges, including cancer. Workshop suggested donation, $20, vegan lunch $10; pay in advance for both: $25. Mail check or call with cc info: 843- 238-8516. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, Mind Spa w/Mike Oglesbee−2-3pm. Second to none in helping you release stress and flow through life with peace and harmony. Renew your mind, body, and spirit in this one hour class reaching deep within the subconscious mind for powerful and effective transformation. Reservations only, call 843-957-6926,

MONDAY, JULY 16 Private Healing Sessions w/Rev. David Guthrie. One-on-one private sessions designed to increase your faith one hundred fold. Intentions are planted that bring forth the most desirable results. $60 per person per 50 minute session. Call for appointment time. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, Weavolution Summer Tapestry & Fiber Art Classes w/Beth Robertson. Intro to basic tapestry weaving and fiber art for ages 12-18. Students will be given an opportunity to take several 4 week courses for session 2 to weave on three types of looms to make hats, scarves, amulet bags, wallets, belts and more. Session 2 begins the week of 7/16: choose Mondays, 2-4pm, Wednesdays 2-4pm or Thursdays 10am-noon. $40 includes all weaving materials and use of looms. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest. Beth, 843-957-1483.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Slow Burn w/Guest Yogi J Miles−7:30 pm. A vinyasa yoga class suitable for all levels with guest yogi from Richmond, VA. At Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, Market Common, MB,. 843-8399636, Fitness Clinic Lunch & Learn w/Linda Sacchetti−11:30am Let a personal wellness coach show you how you can stay on top of your game or fitness activity, appropriate for students, adults.. Re-

ceive prizes, sampling of featured sports products. Get a customized plan for your sport for optimum energy, stamina, and muscle recovery. Bring a friend and receive a $10 gift. Seating limited. Linda: 843-424-9586

SATURDAY, JULY 21 3rd Saturday Health Talk w/Melody Iles, NP, PhD 10am. Free Natural Health Seminar. 315 Main St. Conway above Tranquility Day Spa, 843-4460293;; Finding your Spirit Guides w/Deborah Broad 11:30-1:30pm. Who are these guides, who help us to fulfill our spiritual contract? How do you connect with your Spirit guides directly? How do guides affect us in our everyday life? Guided meditation as a beautiful tool to stay connected with your Spirit guides. This is a fun, interesting workshop. Visit our website for more details. $35, 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB,

SUNDAY, JULY 22 Moving from the Heart; Flowing with Grace w/ Guest Yogi J Miles−6:15pm,.. A flowing vinyasa class for all levels. Yogi J Miles is visiting from Richmond, VA. Don’t miss this class. at Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest, 843-236 6634,

FRIDAY, JULY 27 Fitness Clinic Lunch & Learn w/Linda Sacchetti−11:30am. Let a personal wellness coach show you how you can stay on top of your

game or fitness activity, appropriate for students, adults.. Receive prizes, sampling of featured sports products. Get a customized plan for your sport for optimum energy, stamina, and muscle recovery. Bring a friend and receive a $10 gift. Seating limited. Linda: 843-424-9586

SATURDAY, JULY 28 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,

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Hip-Opening Vinyasa w/Britney Horine−9-11am. Flow through a series of poses designed to open the pelvic girdle and find freedom deep within the hips. All levels welcome. Shanti Yoga, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444. Yoga for Tight Men Workshop w/Lauren Davis−4-5:30pm. Perfect for men who would like to increase their flexibility, gain strength, and reduce stress. For all levels, including novice. $20 members, $25 non-members. Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843-655-6272,

lookingforward WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 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,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 Th e M o v e a b l e F e a st a t N o s h w /A m o r Towles−11am-1 pm. Lunch with the author. Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future. $25 paid reservation req Wed prior, at Art Works inside Chocolate & Coffee House, Litchfield Exchange, 14361 Ocean Hwy, 843-235-9600,

AUGUST 3,4,5 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Ideal for aspiring teachers as well as experienced students who would like to deepen their yoga practice. A well-rounded program that covers the core principles of yoga practice and philosophy. Inlet Yoga, 637D Bellemy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843-655-6272,

July 2012



25th Anniversary Symphony Series

Season Tickets On Sale Now


Thinking Forward. Looking Back. CONCERT

The Association Performing live with The Long Bay Symphony Pops October 20, 2012 | Myrtle Beach, SC With such hits as: Cherish #1, Windy #1, Never My Love #2, Along Comes Mary #7

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The World of the Dance Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Russian Legacy

featuring Adam Neiman, piano


Unity–11am Sunday Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller followed by 12:30pm Unity Family Feast/ Potluck. Visit with friends & make new ones. Vegan & Vegetarian appreciated, along with consciously raised meat products Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-2388516,


featuring Sebastian Bäverstam, cello


featuring Jessica Lee, violin


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Masterpieces of the Modern Era 843.448.8379

Myrtle Beach Full Moon Drum Circle−69:30pm. Singing, and chanting, and howling and dancing to the sound of the drums, the smell of the sage, the spirit of celebration. Meets every month on the Sat nearest the full moon, MB State Park, Shelter B6 Alcohol prohibited. Cheryl,

The Moveable Feast at Pawleys Plantation w/ Jim Dodson−11 am-1 pm. Lunch with the author of American Triumvirate, an account of Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan a fascinating biographical account of three gifted unusual men $25 paid reservation required Wed prior at Art Works inside Chocolate & Coffee House, Litchfield Exchange, 14361 Ocean Highway 843-235-9600,

Sunday, January 20, 2013



Romantic Blockbusters

The Moveable Feast at Carefree Catering w/Troy Nooe−11am-1 pm. Lunch with the author. Frankie McKeller is back on the beach in the new fiction, Damn Yankee, as the new House Detective of The Ocean Forest Hotel. When asked to look into the disappearance of a young girl, he is thrown into an underworld of bootleggers, illegal gambling and vice. It’s murder and mayhem as Frankie contends with the other side of life in Myrtle. $25 paid reservation req Wed prior, at Art Works inside Chocolate & Coffee House, Litchfield Exchange, 14361 Ocean Hwy, 843-235-9600,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 The Moveable Feast at Capt. Dave’s Dockside w/ Charles Seabrook−11am-1pm. . Lunch with the author of The World of the Salt Marsh, and benefit for Winyah Rivers Foundations’ Riverkeeper. A wideranging exploration of the southeastern coast, its natural history, people, way of life, and the threats to its ecological survival. $25 paid reservation required Wed prior at Art Works inside Chocolate & Coffee House, Litchfield Exchange, 14361 Ocean Highway 843-235-9600,


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Maha Sadhana (The Great Practice) w/Dawn Yager–9-11am. ( 7/1, 8, 22) Includes theory, asana, relaxation and meditation. For all levels of yogis and practitioners or teachers that would like to deepen their knowledge of the practice. Shanti Yoga, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444. Unity Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Susan Boles, LUT & Lesta Sue Hardee−9:30-10:30am. Metaphysical Studies. Spiritual Cinema and Documentaries of Visionary & Metaphysical Ideas. 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, Gentle Vinyasa w/Karley Lott−11am-12:15pm. An indulgent slow flow of postures followed by a lead meditation. $15 or class passes accepted 417 79th Ave N, Suite E, MB. 843-333-2656; Unity Church Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller & guest speakers−11am celebration service with special Prayer Series focus in July. 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,

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, Power Vinyasa w/Tara Gurry, E-RYT−9:3010:30am. A challenging vinyasa, flow through sun salutations, warrior, balance series ending with prone and supine asanas. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, Passes available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839,

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,,

Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT CFP−10-11am. 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,, NMB Farmers Market−10am-6pm. Located at City Hall and the new Horry County Library at 925 1st. Ave S, North Myrtle, with covered shelter. Crafts, local foods. Facebook : North Myrtle Beach SC Farmers Market. Tai Chi w/Fred Christie–10:30-11:30am, & 7:308:30pm. A low impact healing exercise that works all levels in the mind body continuum, fostering well being, balance and body awareness. Beginners welcome, for all ages, abilities. First class free. The Yoga Room, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB. Directions and info: 843 294-5486. kungfu-sc. com. Metaphysical Minds Meet-Up–6pm. Discussing the movie Thrive. Barefoot Barista, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island info 843 957-7803,, Facebook: Inquiring Minds. 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 Metabolism Test w/Linda Sacchetti. Find

out your body fat %, pounds of body fat, lean body weight & what your targets should be, by individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Free Spa Beauty Facial w/Linda Sacchetti. Learn the 7 signs of aging and discover the solutions Defy aging for younger-looking skin with antioxidants, aloe vera & glucosamine. By individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Beach Yoga–9:30-10:30am. Carolina Power Yoga’s harmonizing moving meditation yoga on the beach. Flow through sun salutations, warrior, balance series ending with prone and supine asanas synchronizing your “ocean sounding breath” to the soothing sounds of the breaking waves. Meet at 8th Ave N in NMB. Community Class by Donation. 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 Core Fusion w/Chrissy Gaudino, RYT–121pm. Chrissy loves working the powerhouse of the body and you will love this wonderful fusion class focusing on the core and more. Tone and sculpt your entire body with emphasis on the abs, lower back and glutes. All Levels. $12 walk-in, Passes available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839, Meditation, Silent & Guided–Noon-12:30pm. In Unity’s Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, Brown Bag Lunch & Book Group w/Rev. Margaret Hiller & Friends–12:30-1:3pm, based on book A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, Prayer Consciousness Class w/ Rev. Margaret Hiller–3-4:30. 8 wk class (continues to 8/1, SKIP 7/4) a blend of study, dialog and experiences of prayer, meditation and silence. Love offering.. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, 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

Gentle Morning Yoga w/Penny–9-10:15am. For all levels & all bodies. Variations on postures for those with medical problems. Suggested love offering $5. Call Penny, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, 843-902-1416, Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, Gentle Yoga w/Chrissy Gaudino, RYT–9:3010:30am. Healing relaxing yoga that reduces stress, blood pressure and heart rate, loosens joints and muscles, relieves fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, and quiets your mind, naturally without medication. All Levels. $12/walk-in, Passes available $9/ class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839,

July 2012


classifieds NMB Farmers Market−10am-6pm. Located at City Hall and the new Horry County Library at 925 1st. Ave S, North Myrtle, with covered shelter. Crafts, local foods. Facebook : North Myrtle Beach SC Farmers Market.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ENTIRE MONTH OF July SPECIAL: 35% off Fitness & Energy Products. *Distributors needed (PT/FT)! Training provided! Now is the time to get in on the “ground floor” of our new division at Inlet Nutrition! Ask Linda how: 843-424-9586 NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINE FOR SALE, COLUMBIA SC. Call 803 2333693 for details. Currently publishing, 15,000 copies per month. Training provided.

For Rent YOGA TEACHERS AND HEALING ARTS PRACTITIONERS : The Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op has a fully furnished private counseling and massage office available as well as a 1100 sq ft Yoga Studio with bamboo flooring, chairs, and a great sound system. Available on a part-time/shared basis and at very affordable rates. Great opportunity for practitioners who want to meet new clients in a professional, centrally located secure environment, everything you would need to host an educational talk, hold a class or a private session. Book with Google Calendar and easy turn key. Contact Donna Stead at Check them out at

VOLUNTEERS SC-CARES SANCTUARY VOLUNTEERS willing and able to do odd jobs for lots of furry hugs and kisses as payment..18 years or older or with chaperon. SC CARES is a non-profit no kill shelter for exotic animals. support by donating time and love. Lisa 843 546-7893, VOLUNTEER WITH THE WELLNESS COUNCIL for S.C. today.

Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.

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@, Tai Chi w/Fred Christie–10:30-11:30am, & 7:308:30pm. A low impact healing exercise that works all levels in the mind body continuum, fostering well being, balance and body awareness. Beginners welcome, for all ages, abilities. First class free. The Yoga Room, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB. Directions and info: 843 294-5486. I of the Storm w/Bunni Healy−Noon-1:30pm. Dialog group re: premises of the book: “There is no one against you” and “The entire Universe is for you.” Love offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside. 843-238-8516, 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,

All levels Open Vinyasa Yoga w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−6:30-8pm. Breath work and a powered up flow of postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels, be prepared to sweat and detoxify. Cost: $15 Drop-in or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Suite E, MB. 843-333-2656,

Grand Strand Edition

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.

~Michael J. Fox

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@


Candlelight Community Yoga–6-7pm w/Tara Gurry, ERYT. Flowing through sun salutations, warrior and balancing series, ending with mat poses. This harmonizing moving meditation class will strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, quiet the mind, & inspire the spirit. All Levels. Community class by donation. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843-877-5839,

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, Yoga at the Bay Community Class w/AnnaMarie−9-10:15am. Deepen your yoga practice. Reach deeper levels of relaxation and flexibility, build stamina and strength. Outdoor yoga class with a blend of Sivananda, Ashtanga, and Power Vinyasa. All levels. Mats available. By donation. Bay Naturals, 7611 N. Kings Hwy, MB Vinyasa Yoga–10-11am. 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 available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB, 843877-5839, All levels Open Vinyasa w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−10:30-noon. A strong flow of Ashtanga postures focusing on opening and strengthening of the body and mind. Breath and core emphasized. For all levels, be prepared to sweat and detoxify.$15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Suite E, MB. 843-333-2656,

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

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

Suzanne Swearengen, AP, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncture physician and is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In her work, she strives to provide compassionate care for individuals seeking wholistic solutions for ailments, illnesses and maintenance of good health. Additional modalities include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, homeopathic medicine and cold laser. Over the course of 15 years, she has developed her professional skills through credited courses and seminars in order to best serve her patients. See ad, page, 7.


Hot flashes, diminished sex drive, vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, genital atrophy? Dr. William J. Epperson has been treating patients with hormone health issues for more than 25 years. There are established advances in hormone treatments that he has researched carefully in his efforts to create our top-quality program. We are excited that our program brings this special opportunity to the Grand Strand. You can now be safely helped through our program. See ad, page 9.


Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Bones for Life® Teacher/Trainer 843-361-8436 One can always improve posture and mobility. Bones for Life® and Awareness Through Movement® classes, workshops and private Functional Integration®

sessions are offered on the Strand and Florence. CE units available for “Bones” workshops. Heidi brings to her practice 30 years experience and a strong focus on the human drive to live a life of harmony with one’s self and others. See ad, page 18.

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 Chiropractic College in 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 7.

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

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


JAMES H. SEXTON, JR., DMD 924 Tall Pine Rd Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 Mercury Free – Mercury Safe for more than 20 years. Please call us to set up a free consult. See ad, page 22.

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

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. 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 16.


Mike Oglesbee, CAH, MPNLP 843-957-6926 Mike Oglesbee has developed the most powerful and effective system to boost you to success. Mike utilizes Hypnosis, NLP, Life Coaching, and other traditional Psychology methods to provide immediate positive change within the 90% of the mind known as the sub-conscious where the root of problem’s actually exist. Success begins within. Call Mike for a free consultation or visit MaximizedMind. com for more information. See ad, page 23.


Pat Burrell, RN, CD, (DONA), WCBE, CLC, CHT 843-213-1393 Beach Baby’s provides services to assist families throughout pregnancy, as well as 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 9.

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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. 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. See ad, page 5.


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.

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 25.


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 6.

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

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

Breathe. Empower. Transform. Inlet Yoga is dedicated to serving yoga students at every level of their personal practice, offering classes seven days a week, from beginner to advanced. Classes include Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yoga for Golf and Sports,


Grand Strand Edition

Iyengar, Restorative and Hot. $5 Community Class at 6 pm Fridays benefits the Coastal Animal Rescue of Murrells Inlet. Come breathe, empower and transform yourself through practice.


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, and Relax & Renew. Workshops include YOGA 101, Prenatal, Chair, Meditation and YIN. Island Wave Life retail carries prAna activewear, Manduka mats and props, Om Sweet Om Jewelry, books and more.


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.

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


196C Stonebridge Dr, MB 843-450-9402 The Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op is shared by professionals trained to enhance , encourage, and empower you on your p a t h t o w e l l b e i n g . Th e modalities we offer assist you in awakening your own healing abilities. We offer therapeutic and gentle yoga for all. Reiki, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Belly Dance, Sound Healing, Meditation Classes, Bodywork, Energy work, Metaphysical Classes, and Wellness Coaching. Now Intuitive readers on staff every Monday. Visit our website and get started on up-leveling your life. 843-450-9402,

helping people to live healthier lives since 1993. Welcome to Myrtle Beach's "Original" healthy market where you'll find everything you need to get you and your family on the path to healthier living. We offer a large selection of all-natural foods, nutritional supplements, fresh local produce, and a knowledgeable and friendly staff who are always here to help. Hungry? Grab a snack or a meal from our healthy kitchen, serving homemade sandwiches, soups, salads & smoothies made fresh daily. Come by or shop with us online and start living healthier today.


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窶馬ew 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.

7611 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 843-448-0011

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