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The first cool, crisp mornings of fall are always a welcome introduction to the holiday season, especially since the words “cool” and “crisp” are so rarely used to describe South Carolina weather. This November brings a welcome relief to summer’s humidity and the 2012 political rancor, and a fresh start that begins with Thanksgiving gettogethers, gift shopping, and holiday traditions. We tend to look back on the year as the holidays approach, and either bask in the glow of what we accomplished, or look with a shudder at the potential disasters we avoided. Perhaps we weren’t lucky enough to avert disaster. Health, finances, careers, or whatever issues may have arisen, we say that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. As we move into the last few months of the year, we tend to evaluate and plan, with family and friends nearby for support, what our goals for next year will be: fitness, wellness, budget or career change. Our feature this month is titled Fashion a Passion-Driven Life. It suggests that a life driven only by making money to buy things won’t ultimately satisfy you as much as doing work in which you have your heart, your energy and your dreams fully engaged. If you are re-evaluating career, finances or your life pursuits, then this may be a concept to consider. For some long-time readers of and advertisers in Natural Awakenings, this isn’t news, since many of you I’ve met already exchanged an office job in a cubicle that came with a paycheck and dental plan for a new and less certain life promoting wellness, sustainability, integrity and peace. Some of you started organic farms, began a wholistic health practice, opened a yoga studio, or joined an environmental activist group. Unexpected changes, from the loss of a job or ending of a business, forced some to reinvent themselves to prepare for a new career late in life. As you know, this can be tough and frightening, terrifically satisfying and always exciting. Temper your expectations to appreciate what you have with a new sense of gratitude, and prepare early to live simply with a strong network of good friends and family to cheer you on. There was a decade not so long ago in which success was measured in dollars, and for some that may still be true, but for those of you reading this magazine, I am sure you see a different measure of success that while hard to quantify is easy to qualify. I wish you the best in these months of cooler weather and warmer hearts.
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newsbriefs Marlo Robinson RN, CD, (DONA), Esq Doula Training Workshop
each Baby’s Doula Service hosts DNA certified trainer Marlo Robinson for a Myrtle Beach-based doula training series, including an Intro to Childbirth Education workshop, Nov. 9, and a Birth Doula Certification workshop, Nov. 10 and 11. Marlo, a registered nurse, childbirth educator and doula, founded Mother’s Care Doula Services, the largest childbirth company in South Florida, in 1988. She has been a DONA certified trainer for 10 years and is a CAPPA certified post partum doula. For more info, contact Pat Burrell at 843-213-1393 or email email@example.com or visit beachbaby.org. See ad, page 33.
The Cosmic Karma Game Metaphysical Monopoly
onopoly, the game about wealth and real estate, is known worldwide, but the Cosmic Karma Game, created here in Myrtle Beach, may soon challenge that notoriety. Cosmic Karma is not about accumulating money, but, instead, about accumulating karma and living life with richness in deeds and soul, not cash. The game was developed by Linda Look, retired public policy researcher from Washington, DC. Living in Myrtle Beach for the last 6 years, she finally completed the sketches of the game she envisioned back in DC. Illustrated by artist and graphic designer Crystal McLaughlin, also from Myrtle Beach, the board is laid out as a mandala, evocative of a Tibetan mandala. The game is expertly crafted, with engaging characters and beautiful art. Cosmic Karma Game encourages reflection on values,
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behaviors, cosmologies: a mixture of Eastern teachings, Western psychology, and even a dash of 12-Step thrown in. Players move around the board trying not to get bad karma, and trying to eliminate it when they do. Players exit and reenter the physical realm until they have removed all negative karma. Look recommends that you “think out of the box. At least open the box!" The game, which sells for $38, is new to market this year and just beginning distribution. Two local retailers carry it: Yoga in Common, at 3080 Deville St, Market Common, Myrtle Beach, 843-839-9636; and Life in Balance, at 4347 Big Barn Drive, in Little River, 843-421-6717. It is also carried by Amazon.com, with excellent reviews. Cosmic Karma is designed for ages 13 and above, 2 to 4 players, and takes from 30 to 90 minutes to play. But with the Cosmic Karma game, the insights you gain may be what you really win. For more info, visit CosmicKarmaGame.com. See ad, page 20.
Fall Back in Love with Your Body
helsea Roff is an author, speaker and yoga instructor known for integrating knowledge about science, women's health, and humanitarian issues in her teaching and writing. Chelsea teaches in Los Angeles, where she is known for her playful presence, creative yoga sequences, and blatantly honest approach to just about everything. Chelsea will be appearing in Myrtle Beach at Yoga in Common to present her retreat workshop: Fall Back in Love with Your Body: A Yoga Weekend Retreat, Nov. 2 through 4. This Friday evening to Sunday afternoon event works on self-image. “Many of us come to yoga hoping to find refuge from the weight-obsessed and perfection-driven culture we live in, only to find that the derogatory inner voice we were hoping to escape follows us right onto the mat,” states Chelsea in her program. The retreat addresses how to use the practice of yoga to develop a healthier relationship to food, body image, and exercise. The retreat is marketed nationally through MindfulDes-
tinations.com to include Market Common condo accommodations, but local Grand Strand residents can attend for a deeply reduced rate without the condo for $150. The meditation and yoga classes are scheduled to allow attendees to be immersed in the program and practice but still be able to enjoy the amenities of the area. Yoga in Common is located at 3080 DeVille St, in Market Common, Myrtle Beach. For more info, visit MindfulDestinations.com or call 843-385-6176 and register online at YogaInCommon.com.
Herbs and Holiday Decor The Low Country Herb Society, Nov 13
erbs and greenery are ideal for decorating, and bring nature and natural aromatherapy into your home. Lee Jones, from Carolina Charm Florist of Georgetown, will present the program Integrating Herbs into Holiday and Special Occasion Decor at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Low Country Herb Society (LCHS), 10 am, at Grace Church on Highway 17, in Pawleys Island, across from Litchfield Resort. Visitors are welcome, and membership in the LCHS is open to all who have an interest in the cultivation and uses of herbs. No experience is necessary. Annual dues are $20 and includes a quarterly newsletter. To join, come to the Nov. 13 meeting. For more info, visit LCHerbsociety.info and visit Facebook.com/Low Country Herb Society.
Healing Arts Fair The Yoga Room, Nov. 3
he Yoga Room Healing Arts Cooperative will hold a Healing Arts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Yoga Room in Myrtle Beach. This free admission event will allow you to meet and sample various alternative therapies and practices such as reflexology, aura readings, Reiki, meditation, Tai chi, hypnotherapy, chair yoga, yoga for anxiety, yoga for women, healing touch, sound healing, Angel Light, psychic readings,
and more. If you choose to engage in individual sessions, some practitioners will charge a nominal fee. If you’ve ever been curious about these therapies and practices that you have heard of but perhaps never seen, this is your chance to learn more, ask questions and try. For more info, contact the Yoga Room, 196C Stonebridge Dr, in Myrtle Beach, at 843-450-9402 or visit MyrtleBeachYogaRoom.com. See ad, page 11.
Curb the Fat Inlet Fit Club
nlet Fit Club can show you how to maximize your fitness routine and your metabolism. Linda Sacchetti, at Inlet Nutrition, explains the facts about healthy fat and unhealthy fat, and how a thin person can still have unhealthy fat. Using nutrition and exercise, you can find a way to balance your metabolism with the Fit Club every Thursday, 8:30 to 9:30 am, on the beach under the Garden City Pier, weather permitting. All fitness levels are welcome. Following the exercise, there will be a short stretching program and an educational minute on the benefits of exercise and nutrition. Registration fee of $15 includes a T-shirt, hydrating drink, and a recovery shake, and then every Thursday is free. To battle the holiday overeating blues, Weight Loss Challenge coaching classes with free metabolism testing continue in Murrells Inlet at the Inlet Square Mall and in Georgetown at the Dance Studio. Through November, Inlet Nutrition is also discounting its Cheater’s Delight, Aloe, Lose While You Snooze, and Prolessa weight-control products by 35 percent. If you have considered becoming a health coach yourself, Inlet Nutrition is always expanding its team. For more info on Inlet Nutrition programs and products or to register for classes, call Linda Sacchetti at 843-4249586.
The “I” in the Looking Glass Rising to Your Greatness
usan Boles, licensed Unity teacher, spent a lifetime exploring and studying various spiritual paths, beliefs and practices. She feels a close relationship with angels, especially after a recent encounter with breast cancer, which she credits with a rebirth of consciousness. The fact that there is always more of the divine to uncover delights her. On Sunday, Nov. 4, Susan—a Oneness Blessing Giver,
newsbriefs intuitive spiritual counselor, mentor and teacher—will present The “I” in the Looking Glass at Unity Christ Church, in Surfside, at the 11 am service and the 1:30 pm workshop. Susan explains: “We are in the midst of the long-anticipated Shift of 2012. News flash! No great Being of Light is coming to create a world of peace, love and joy. No avatar is coming to transform Earth into a planet of beneficent oneness. That’s why you and I are here!” Susan invites all who meet her to expand into higher mind and heart where conscious creation takes place; befriend the Angelic Kingdoms; discover the power of beauty; see and be seen as the bright light you are; and to create a personal blueprint for continued awakening. Suggested donation for workshop: $20. All are welcome. Unity is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside Beach. For more info, call 843-238-8516, visit UnityMyrtleBeach.org and see ad, page 13.
Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts
reativity and introspection come together at workshops and retreats during November at Springbank Retreat. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. Program fees include lodging and meals. Flute player, writer and painter Cerantha Corley will present Awakening the Spirit Within: Learning to Play the Flute. “Let your soul speak to you through flute-playing and expressive painting,” Corley says. She also uses flute playing for balance and healing. Basket maker Linda Szocik will lead the workshop Basketry: Weaving Balance and Beauty. She invites participants to come enjoy the contemplative art of basket making with time available for quiet reflection and communal prayer. No experience is necessary, and materials will be furnished.
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Spirituality in a Time of Earth Transition will be led by retreat director Marya Grathwohl. “Peak oil, climate change, and global economic instability summons our courage to explore values and spiritual practices that can sustain us through profound cultural and personal transition,” she says. Grathwohl is an author, lecturer and Earth minister with degrees in creation spirituality, philosophy, cosmology and Earth literacy. Renowned fabric artist Martha Cole, from Saskatchewan, Canada, will be at Springbank. During her workshop, All Beings Confluence, she and the participants will create long, narrow, sheer panels that will be either painted or stitched to represent the energy of other spiritual beings. All materials will be provided. This community-based art project is based on the recording project Widening Embrace, by songwriter Carolyn McDade. The completed panels will be hung so that participants can walk among them to feel that they are part of an interconnected whole. McDade will lead the workshop Widening Embrace: A Women’s Retreat. “We yearn to create a new human/Earth relationship of reverence and reciprocity in our world,” McDade says. “We desire to create that rightness in all the ways we relate to the sacred whole. As we gather in the promise of circle, opening ourselves into singing, simple ritual, and reflection, we move into a more intimate knowing of the love that moves within all—widening our embrace.” McDade is committed to the power of the human voice singing and speaking truth to move society to transformation. She will lead a song fest for the public on Sunday, Dec. 2. Donations will be accepted. McDade invites guests to be part of the experience. “I urge you to come to this unique offering. Come participate in the ongoing creation of this incredibly stirring project,” she says. “If you can, stay for the singing circle. We will sing amidst the spirit and beauty of the beings.” For more info, contact Springbank Retreat for EcoSpirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree, at 843-382-9777 or visit SpringbankRetreat.org. See ad, page 38.
Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. ~ Horace
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onway chiropractor Dan Falk and his wife, Kristi Falk, founder of the Wellness Council, won a Moonbeam Children's Book Award under the Health Issues category, for their book Eartha Gets Well. The contest drew about 1,000 entrants. Begun first as an art activity for children at an arts festival at Market Common, Myrtle Beach, the character Eartha and her dog, Cooper, were created, and then illustrated by artist Caitlin Beidler for children to color in. The story lines promote healthy choices for children. The characters and stories are taking on a life of their own, as the Falks continue with a series of 10 additional story books. Copies are available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon and at BQBPublishing. com. For more info, visit EarthaBooks.com. See ad, page 38.
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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a large group of new publishers who completed an October training program at corporate headquarters in Naples, FL. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs now launching new Natural Awakenings territories or taking over the production of existing magazines in locales across the nation. New markets include Syracuse, NY; Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Baltimore, MD; and Hudson County, NJ. Existing franchises with new publishers at the helm include San Antonio, TX; Bergen County and Somerset, NJ; Roanoke, VA; Santa Fe, NM; and Long Island, NY. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes more than 80 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with 1.5 million monthly print copies and a collective readership exceeding 3 million. “Interest in naturally healthy living that’s good for people and the planet is now influencing mainstream America, thanks in part to our active and growing readership,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, makes it possible for everyone to know they have healthy-life choices available to them.” For a list of where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchising opportunities, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com or call 239-530-1377.
Art with Heart
nity Christ Church will showcase local artists and crafts persons with their unique original creations on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 am to 3 pm, and Sunday, Nov.18, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Vendors are welcome to reserve a space, and art lovers are welcome to shop. Healthy snacks and lunch will be available for purchase both days. Unity is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside Beach. For more info, call 843-238-8516, visit UnityMyrtleBeach.org, and see ad, page 13.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. ~ John Muir
Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp
ew research reveals that diet may make a difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimerâ€™s disease. A study published by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be related to lower blood levels of a problematic protein called beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimerâ€™s and memory problems. For the study, 1,219 people older than 65 and free of dementia provided information about their diets for an average of 1.2 years before their blood was tested for beta-amyloid. Researchers looked specifically at 10 nutrients, including saturated fatty acids; omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids; monounsaturated fatty acids; vitamins E, C, B12 and D; beta-carotene; and folate. The scientists found that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids corresponded to lower blood beta-amyloid levels. Particularly, those consuming just one gram more than other study subjectsâ€™ average daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids experienced a 20 to 30 percent decrease in beta-amyloid levels in the blood. One gram of omega-3s can be obtained by eating half a salmon fillet, once a week. Other foods that contain healthy omega-3s are flax seeds, almonds, walnuts and walnut oil, tuna and sardines and in small amounts, vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and salad greens.
Join the 95 Percent Hypnosis for Smoking
re you ready to quit that bad habit that ruins your life and the people around you? Hypnosis is proven to be the most effective treatment available for helping smokers stop smoking by removing the habit from where it actually exists: the subconscious. Mike Oglesbee uses an age-old system that has the amazing success rate of 95 percent since 1968. His 30-day program is individually designed to tackle all triggers and "weak" spots wherever they exist, and virtually eliminates withdrawals so you can succeed without struggles and hassles. Mike utilizes the conscious mind as well as the subconscious in order to get all-around complete control of the ugly habit of smoking. His proven techniques not only remove the smoking habit and all its associations, but also are designed to keep you from replacing it with other habits, such as eating and gaining weight. Mike is beginning a new series and taking new clients for his extremely popular and effective smoking-cessation program. For more info, contact Mike Oglesbee at 843-957-6926 or visit MaximizedMind.com. See ad, page 23.
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hrimp cocktail is a popular holiday appetizer, but may not be the healthiest menu choice. Researchers at Texas Tech University have found evidence of antibiotics in samples of farm-raised shrimp of international origin imported onto US grocery shelves. The antibiotics present included nitrofuranzone, a probable human carcinogen. Two samples of the seafood tested in major cities contained levels of nitrofuranzone that were 28 and 29 times higher than the amount allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration. Domestic shrimp harvested from the Gulf of Mexico also contained carcinogens and toxicants, according to a recent article by GreenMedInfo.com. Equally unsettling, most farmraised shrimp is far from sustainable, says Oregon researcher J. Boone Kauffmann, who estimates that 50 to 60 percent of shrimp farms worldwide are built on cleared mangrove areas. The shrimp produced from these farms have a carbon footprint up to 10 times higher than beef from cows raised on cleared Amazon rainforest areas.
The Other Problem with Trans Fats
o keep the holidays merry, rather than moody, check labels when stocking the pantry and avoid products containing trans fatty acids, which not only contribute to insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease, but also exacerbate mood swings. After studying nearly 1,000 men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) was significantly associated with greater aggression and irritability. The study, led by associate professor Dr. Beatrice Golomb, provides the first evidence linking dTFA with adverse behaviors, ranging from impatience to overt aggression. Analysis of participants’ baseline dietary information and behavioral assessments were adjusted for sex, age, education and use of alcohol or tobacco products. The new finding strengthens health experts’ recommendations to avoid eating products like margarines, shortenings and prepared foods that contain trans fats and to steer clear of serving them in schools and other institutions. Source: PLoS One.
Antibiotics Overused for Sinus Infections
study by investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, concludes that antibiotics typically prescribed for sinus infections aren’t any more effective than inactive placebos. “Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” says Dr. Jay F. Piccirillo, a professor of otolaryngology and the study’s senior author. He adds, “Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic [acute] sinus infection—most people get better on their own.” The researchers do suggest treating symptoms such as pain, cough and congestion and carefully watching to see if further treatment is necessary.
More Americans Are Eating Fresh
t’s official: Americans are eating more fresh foods than they did five years ago. A recent survey of 800 US adults by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation reports that more than 68 percent of respondents say they eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did in 2007. Farmers’ markets and stands attracted 70 percent of the survey participants, although only 14 percent regularly shop at such venues. More good news: 64 percent of the respondents agree that it’s very important that produce be grown in an environmentally friendly way and also important that the fruits and veggies be organic.
Nuts Help Neutralize Metabolic Syndrome
ccording to the World Health Organization, metabolic syndrome—linked to inflammation and oxidative stress that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease—affects 25 percent of US adults and 20 percent of adults worldwide. A nut-rich diet may offer some protection. Researchers at the University of Barcelona, in Spain, discovered that a daily one-ounce serving of mixed nuts, including raw, unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, boosted patients’ levels of beneficial metabolites derived from metabolizing tryptophan (an amino acid), serotonin (a hormone), fatty acids and polyphenols (phytochemicals with antioxidant activity). Their findings support the hypothesis that nuts can help prevent metabolic alterations that lead to chronic disease.
EFT Relieves Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress
motional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping along acupuncture meridians to relieve stress so the body can resume the natural function of self-healing. Through the Veterans Stress Project (StressProject.org), the therapy is now being used and tested with veterans exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms such as insomnia, anger, grief and hypervigilance. A study by the nonprofit Soul Medicine Institute has shown that more than 86 percent of vets who used EFT have resolved most of their PTSD symptoms; the researchers also report that, on average, their pain diminished by 68 percent. Dr. Steve Manire, a chiropractor and EFT practitioner in Little Rock, AR, states, “Too many of our nation’s veterans are left believing that they have to live with stress for the rest of their lives when they return from their tours of duty.” He asserts that many find significant relief with EFT. The Veterans Stress Project will connect veterans dealing with posttraumatic stress with EFT practitioners across the country for six sessions at no cost. Email Deb Tribbey at Deb@StressProject.org.
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Cranberry Juice Yields Knockout Punch
hen scientific studies first provided evidence that cranberries are a powerful agent in fighting urinary tract infections (UTI), the supplement industry was fast to react by putting cranberry pills and extracts on the market. But are they as effective as drinking cranberry juice or eating the sauce? Recent analysis by Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers answers. The researchers tested proanthocyanidins (PAC), a group of flavonoids found in cranberries and thought to be what gives the juice its infection-fighting properties, offering hope that these could translate into an effective extract. However, the report concluded that cranberry juice itself is far better at preventing biofilm formationâ€”the precursor of infectionâ€” than PACs alone. The virulent form of E. coli bacteria that is the cause of most UTIs is covered with small, hair-like projections, known as fimbriae, which act like hooks and latch onto cells that line the urinary tract. When enough bacteria adhere to the cells, they form a biofilm that leads to infection. Cranberry juice prevented the bacteria from forming this biofilm, while PACs alone were not as effective.
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A new crop of environmentally conscious gyms and fitness centers are adopting practices to save energy by adding electricitygenerating workout equipment and using other strategies to reduce environmental impacts. It’s known as the green gym movement, which continues to grow and innovate. The Los Angeles Times reports that members of AC4 Fitness, in Goleta, CA, generate power and feed it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. They also bring their own refillable bottles and have access to a hydration station that provides free water, filtered by reverse osmosis. Patrons can store their belongings in lockers made from recycled plastic. The Greenasium Fitness Studio, in Encinitas, CA, sports floors covered with mats made from recycled tires, and their dumbbells are used and refurbished.
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African Savannas Hold Clues to Drought Relief This year, much of the United States has experienced the most severe drought since the 1950s, prompting governors to declare emergency conditions. There is no guarantee that the crisis will be alleviated, but new research points to a way that farmers may be better able to cope. In the hotter, drier climate of the semiarid African savanna, flowing between the Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea, farmers have successfully fought back an expanding Sahara Desert and turned once dry, uncultivated scrub into highly productive farmland. The key to success is allowing trees to grow where they once cut them down, and adopting agricultural techniques that take full advantage of scarce water resources. Experts claim that today’s American farmers should recognize the benefits that trees can bring to even the most arid plots of land. Chris Reij, a sustainable land management specialist at Free University Amsterdam, who has worked in Africa since 1978, observes, “Given the situation in the US corn belt, these practices might help farmers in Kansas and Iowa adapt to more extreme weather and help make their crops more resistant to drought.” Adding more trees, planted in rows between crops or bordering fields, could provide many of the same benefits found in Africa: improved soil and water quality and windbreaks that keep dry topsoil from going airborne. Fallen leaves and twigs inject nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for expensive fertilizers that can also pollute nearby streams or wells. Trees cool temperatures on a local scale, trap carbon and clean the air. Their roots are natural filters between fields and waterways and can help keep soil moist. Plus, tree fruits and nuts provide food for farm animals and wildlife. It’s an Early American agriculture tradition worth revisiting. Find more information from the USDA National Agroforestry Center at nac.unl.edu.
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Meatless Traditions Replace Turkey Day Across America, millions of people will celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving with a new, more compassionate and life-affirming tradition that eschews killing and eating animals. Citing factors that include torturous breeding and production practices, health risks posed by additives and adulteration, and the ethics of animal killing, Gentle Thanksgiving has become a Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) annual campaign. Families are encouraged to prepare a whole vegetarian or vegan meal to commemorate the traditional occasion of communal sharing and abundance. Soy-based mock turkeys are widely available, as well as a cornucopia of meat-free recipes. Visit Gentle Thanksgiving.org.
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New Supercomputer Predicts Climate Changes Yellowstone is one of the greatest natural treasures in the American West, and there’s now a new environmental “sheriff” in town. A supercomputer of the same name is set to model future climate changes and forecast extreme weather like no other. “It’s a big deal,” says climate scientist Linda Mearns, PhD, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, CO. The Washington Post reports that Yellowstone will help researchers calculate climate change on a regional, rather than continental, scale. With a better grasp of how warming may affect local water resources, endangered species and extreme winds, local and state governments will be able to plan more effectively. The $30 million supercomputer, funded by the National Science Foundation, will generate climate projections for seven-square-mile tracts, instead of the previous capability of 60-square-mile units. It will also provide climate snapshots in intervals of hours, rather than days. Mathew Maltrud, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, says, “We’re moving into a realm where we have models that resemble the ocean, the atmosphere, the ice and the land to a high degree.” Yellowstone will show a more realistic interaction of these components.
The US Department of the Interior has rules governing nonproducing ocean oil rigs: They must be torn down after a certain period of time. What sounds like a sensible policy to deter oil companies from abandoning idle rigs is now being reconsidered as the growing depletion of natural reefs may give them a new purpose as artificial reefs. Below the surface at one 30-yearold rig in the Gulf of Mexico, corals, sea fans and sponges cover a maze of pipes. Schools of jack and snapper, solitary grouper and barracuda circle in its shadows and eco-dive boats periodically stop at the enormous structure, where dolphins, sea turtles and sharks are often spotted. The New York Times reports that about 650 such oil and gas industry relics, referred to as “idle iron”, would be demolished with large amounts of explosives under the old rules, killing thousands of fish and other sea creatures. Now the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking recognition of offshore platforms as essential fish habitats. To ease liability concerns and help insure and maintain structures to be spared such removal, John Hoffman, chief executive of Black Elk Energy, an oil and gas company based in Houston, TX, has founded a nonprofit organization, Save the Blue. To convert a platform into a reef, approval is required by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Under the federal Rigs-to-Reefs program, a structure is only partially removed: cut off down to 85 feet below the water surface. Fish densities have been found to be 20 to 50 times higher near converted rigs than in open water. Each platform typically supports more than 10,000 fish.
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Top Cold and Flu Fighters for Children by Dr. Lauri Grossman
ith the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has compiled several leading experts’ best tips.
ing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease, by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, also a Ph.D. and researcher at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston.
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Dr. James Balch, a leading natural health expert, urologist and pioneering author in healing nutrition, recommends menus rich in colored fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes. “These foods are potent antioxidants, help with immune function and are involved with the growth and repair of tissues,” he writes. For picky eaters, serve crispy carrot sticks, buttery sweet potatoes and juicy apples.
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Keep crunchy sunflower seeds within easy reach. High in vitamin E, they help children resist the flu and upper respiratory infections. Brazil nuts are good too, because they are high in selenium that keep bacteria and viruses from replicating.
Burke Lennihan, a registered nurse, certified homeopath and author of Your Natural Medicine Cabinet, encourages parents to stock up on garlic, ginger, turmeric and cayenne. “There’s a reason why [these herbs] are so popular worldwide,” she says, “and it’s not just the flavor. They have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other medicinal properties that modern science is just beginning to document.” Another helpful resource is Heal-
“Elderberry syrup is great for coughs,” advises Lennihan. “A study done in Israel showed that elderberry extract is as effective against the flu as Tamiflu.”
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Dr. Deborah Gordon, of Ashland, OR (DrDeborahMD.com), recommends that parents use supplements relied on as basics in the home generations ago: “All children benefit from fermented cod liver oil.” Although it tastes bad, it’s one of the most effective immune boosters available in a safe and easily absorbable form.
While protecting skin from direct sun rays is an ongoing concern, current research shows that many children are deficient in the vitamin D sunshine provides. Gordon advises parents, “Ask your pediatrician to test your children to determine if they need supplements.”
In Treatment Alternatives for Children, Dr. Lawrence Rosen, who practices at the Whole Child Center, in Oradell, NJ, notes: “By adding probiotics to vitamin D supplementation, parents can be even more certain to keep the flu away from their children.”
Lennihan maintains that using homeopathy can stop a child’s nascent cold before it blossoms fully. “When your son shows signs of lower energy and just wants to lie on the couch, or your daughter has a mild fever and says her throat is a bit scratchy, those are the times for ferrum phosphoricum,” she says. “The 6x potency will keep the cold from ever developing.” Two pellets, three times a day, works well. If parents miss the early signs of an approaching cold, then arsenicum album is the homeopathic medicine needed. Lennihan holds that it’s the most useful remedy when a child’s nose is running incessantly. She attests that allium cepa [common bulb onion] is a good backup if a child has an itchy nose or raw red skin under it. Both remedies are best given in 30C potency, two to three pellets three times a day for up to three days, to see if symptoms subside.
Dr. Joseph Passanante, a New York City chiropractor, offers insights based on immunology research that has dem-
onstrated a link between the nervous system and regulation of the immune function. Thus he states, “By aligning the spine and removing nerve interference, chiropractic care enhances immunity, so that good health is maintained.” Receiving regular gentle adjustments can help children ward off illness more effectively, and they will become more limber from the treatments.
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Encourage children to wash their hands regularly and drink plenty of fresh water. The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN, advises drinking water, clear-broth soups or warm lemon water with honey to loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. Over-the-counter, water-based saline nasal drops and sprays also can help combat stuffiness and congestion. Plus, unlike nasal decongestants, they are safe and non-irritating, according to Mayo sources. They also note that a saltwater gargle can relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
Our grandmothers may have been even smarter than we thought. Recent studies at The Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, illustrate that chicken soup relieves colds in two ways. It acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the cells that add to inflammation and by speeding the movement of mucus, reduces the time that viruses are in contact with the nose.
Dr. Greg Meyer, a Phoenix, AZ, integrative physician, says the key for parents is to make sure children don’t overexert themselves when they are sick. “Kids need to rest their bodies in order to heal,” he advises. “An extra day of rest can yield a more certain cure and more reliable recovery.” At this point, parents might need some, too. A little tea party or some time cuddled up with a good book might help the whole family feel better. Lauri Grossman, a doctor of chiropractic and certified classical homeopath, practices in New York City, NY. Learn more at amcofh.org and HomeopathyCafe.com.
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House Happiness Small, Green and Paid For by Lindsey Blomberg
anda Urbanska’s dream home is more cottage than castle. Despite childhood yearnings for sprawling digs with a lavish pool, her concern for the planet’s welfare and a practical approach to finances has led her to a radically different fantasy: a home that is small, green and paid for. Owning a smaller home is a “triple hitter,” says the Harvard graduate and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life. “With a smaller home, we can pay off the mortgage quicker, use less furniture and have less space to clean and maintain, heat and cool.” Also, less space effects less consumption— needed more than ever as dwellings have increasingly turned into what Urbanska refers to as suffocating, “sinkholes of stuff, clogging the flow of energy and movement in our lives.” She predicts, “Once we’ve purged our systems of the excess, the focus will be on creating lives that are dynamic and streamlined, where the carbon cost of a thing is weighed along with its price tag, and where the focus is on usability, rather than ownership.” The rise of McMansions as part of a runaway “bigger is better” mentality saw the average American house size surge from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,521 square feet in 2007, reports the National Association of Home
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Builders (NAHB). Due to the 2008 recession, many owners were left with upside-down mortgages, causing newer homes to be more modest in size. Like the notorious sports utility vehicle craze, now faded due to steep gas prices, the McMansion trend is quickly declining. “Today’s entry-level buyer seems to prefer a far simpler presentation than what had been popular with their parents,” observes Heather McCune, former editorin-chief of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. “I don’t think it would be out of line to characterize it as an anti-McMansion attitude.” Real estate website Trulia.com recently reported that slightly more than half of Americans say that 1,400 to 2,600 square feet would be their ideal home size. According to the NAHB, nine of 10 builders are planning or constructing smaller homes than in the past. In 2010, the average new home size dropped to 2,377 square feet and by 2015, the average newly built home is predicted to measure just 2,140 square feet. Even in more affluent areas, builders are beginning to construct model homes that are one-third smaller than what they were building just a few years ago. “‘Small is beautiful’ is back in vogue,” remarks Andrew Gates, a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate broker in Salisbury, CT. “The simplicity aesthetic is more prevalent after what we’ve been through the past few years.” Savings accrued from the pur-
chase of a more sustainable, lower-impact home allows reasonable investments toward modern, energy-efficient upgrades like bamboo flooring, water conservation and filtration devices and Energy Star appliances. The National Association of Realtors’ 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 90 percent of buyers considered heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances. “As advocates of energy efficiency, we have been encouraged by a change in home buyers’ and homeowners’ attitudes toward energy efficiency,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit based in Washington, DC. With increased energy efficiency comes increased home value; a recent study in The Appraisal Journal indicates that the market value of a home increases by $10 to $25 for every dollar saved on annual fuel bills. Coinciding with smaller singlefamily living quarters is a boom in multigenerational homes across the country. According to US Census Bureau data, as of 2010, 4.4 million homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15 percent increase from 3.8 million-plus homes just two years earlier. In multigenerational households, the need for expensive daycare is lessened, while grandparents and adult children can also contribute to household income by paying rent. Urbanska, who resides in North Carolina with her 90-year-old mother and 15-year-old son, says, “I’ve been able to save money on both child and elder care while staying close to Mother in her later years.” The rapid turn toward both financially and environmentally smarter habits looks like it’s here to stay, concludes Michelle Kaufmann, co-author of the acclaimed Prefab Green and a Sausalito, CA, architect of eco-friendly homes. She says she is busier than ever, because these concepts are resonating widely. “It’s sad that it took a complete economic meltdown for people to appreciate smaller homes,” she observes, “but at least something good can come from it.” Lindsey Blomberg is a freelance writer in Sarasota, FL.
sector jobs that feed their souls more than their bank accounts. Off-the-clock volunteerism is soaring. Due to working and earning less, people are also consuming less, cooking, sewing and gardening more, rediscovering forgotten passions and relationships and finding new ones in the process. “When the economy tanked, it prompted a real moment of spiritual awakening for all of us,” observes Sue Frederick, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally renowned career counselor who also applies her intuitive skills in helping clients like Readnower find their muse. “We are no longer able to hide out behind jobs and benefits that might not have been a good fit for us to begin with. People are remembering their soul’s mission and waking up to the true work they are intended to do.” At the leading edge of the purpose-driven career movement is the
In the midst of uncertainties, many are asking, “Why am I here?”
Fashion a Passion-Driven Life Realize Your Purpose and Feed Your Soul by Lisa Marshall
hree years ago, Cindy Readnower felt as if work was swallowing her life. As a single mom with two sons to support and two franchise restaurants to run in Sarasota, FL, she routinely would get up at 4 am and go to bed after midnight. She didn’t see enough of her boys. “I never had a free moment to just shut down and think about what I really wanted,” she recalls. Then the economy collapsed, forcing her to shutter her businesses, file for bankruptcy and consult with a career counselor to plan her next steps. Today, at 57, she’s working as a life coach and business consultant and as she sees it, living the life she is meant to live. “When you hit hard times and say, ‘My worst fears have come true; what am I going to do now?’ It makes you realize you will only find true success when you follow your passion,” she says.
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Readnower represents what some see as the silver lining in these challenging economic times. At a time of high unemployment, when some can’t find a job and others are working grueling hours to compensate for laid-off coworkers, many Americans are stepping off the corporate hamster wheel and sincerely asking themselves: “What is my purpose here, and how can I realize it?”
Purpose Over Profits
According to a recent study by the nonprofit Encore.org, which helps older Americans pursue more meaningful careers, as many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 have already transitioned into encore careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck. Another 31 million would like to. Meanwhile, surveys show that new college grads are increasingly gravitating toward nonprofit and public
millennial generation, now in their 20s through early 30s. Having come of age amidst the Enron Corporation scandal, 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the 2008 economic collapse, they’re graduating from college with a more wholistic perspective on what constitutes a good career. “The decade in which we have matured has been turbulent in almost every dimension,” says John Coleman, 31, a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and co-author of Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. “This generation is looking at a world that has so many problems and saying, ‘The old opportunities are not there anymore, so we have to create new ones.’ Many are actively seeking more meaning and purpose at work.” One 2010 survey of 500 MBA students found that when considering a long list of options for what they looked for in a career, they ranked “intellectual challenge” and “opportunity to impact the world” as their first and third priorities, bracketing “compensation” which ranked second.
Attwood, whose Passion Another analysis It is not how Test workshops—estabby The New York Times much you do, lished in 2004—are welfound that in 2009, 11 percent more college but how much coming more people than ever. “In my day, my dad graduates worked for love you put was so freaked out I’d end nonprofits than in the previous year. Accordinto the doing, up homeless that he sent me to business school so I ingly, Coleman’s book is that matters. would learn how to type. packed with encouragBack then, parents never ing examples, from a ~ Mother Teresa asked: ‘What turns you Harvard MBA student and a US Marine who on?’” That’s a shame, co-founded a nonprofit remarks Frederick, because first hints addressing poverty in Kenya’s largest slum to a biomedical engineering grad at our purpose often bubble up in our youth. “I believe all of us know at some who launched a web-based car-sharpoint what our gift is, but we often bury ing service. it and say, ‘I have to fit in and get a job This altruistic, purpose-driven cawith benefits and a good paycheck.’” reer track seems a stark departure from There is an alternative. that of the baby boomers, collectively referred to as the “me” generation for its materialistic ethos. Yet those who Work and Consume Less, specialize in helping people find more Live More meaningful lives say this group curAttwood stresses that living in line rently counts among their best and most with one’s passion isn’t just about focused customers. work, noting, “It’s about your relation “We are at a time in the world ships and friends, your spirituality and when it is more socially acceptable health, what you consume and where to follow your passions,” says Janet you choose to live….”
She asks clients to write down five life-defining passions (see sidebar) and use them as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passion,” she counsels. Attwood has observed firsthand how success often follows, because, “when you choose in favor of the things that have the greatest, deepest meaning for you, the universe supports you more than if you are just tepid and neutral about something.” For some, that has meant working fewer hours for less pay, in order to allow more time for clarifying meditation, family dinners, volunteering at a local shelter, taking a long-yearned-for dance class or planning the next career shift. It has also led to willing tradeoffs in buying less and doing more for oneself. According to the 2010 MetLife Study of the American Dream, 77 percent of Americans now say that achieving their big dream comprises improving the quality of their lives by strengthening personal relationships. As for millennials, 39 percent say they
This is the true joy of life—being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. ~ George Bernard Shaw
already have what they need. Also, those who feel growing pressure to buy more and better material possessions has dropped from 66 percent in 2006 to well below half today. “Plenty of people have already started down this path. They’re growing vegetables, raising chickens and keeping bees. They’re building their own homes, often with the help of friends and neighbors,” writes Boston University Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, PhD. In her groundbreaking book, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, she argues that contrary to many economists’ assumptions, a shorter work week and smaller economy is better for society as a whole. More, such a lifestyle, “allows people to build stronger social connections, maintain their physical and mental health and engage in activities that are more creative and meaningful.”
Any Example Proves the Rule
Ever since childhood days of helping her mother make clothing for the family, Juliette Bastian has had a passion for fashion design. Her love of dancing dates back to watching American Bandstand. But when it came to choosing a career, “There was always this trigger that went off in my head that said, ‘You need to make money,’” she explains.
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By her mid-40s, this San Dimas, CA, resident boasted a six-figure salary and a successful, but not terribly fulfilling career doing accounting and strategic business planning. To indulge her creative side, she created colorful spreadsheets, but it wasn’t enough. “At one point, I acknowledged, ‘I am not happy walking into work anymore,’” recalls Bastian, now 52. “I felt like a hamster on a wheel.” Seven years ago, she walked out, and with Attwood’s help, set out to find her true callings. “People always think you have to pick just one, but you have passions that run across every aspect of your life,” she says. “I now realize I am a dancer, fashion designer, family person and spiritual woman.” Bastian begins each week by making a color-coded “strategic plan of action,” making sure to include elements of each of her five passions: financial freedom, exceptional relationships, optimal health, successful business ventures and an alliance with God. That means she’s back in school studying fashion design, and now makes time for dancing, church, family and a part-time career-coaching business. She says that it has been financially rough at times. But the “sacrifices”—like fewer hair appointments, fancy clothes, meals out and expensive holiday gifts for friends—have been well worth it. “I now have the flexibility, freedom and joy of knowing I am living who Juliette truly is,” she says with a smile. “I know I’ll be taken care of as long as I honor what truly matters to me.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@LisaAnnMarshall.com.
Take the Passion Test Make a list of your passions; the 10 or 15 things most critical to your happiness and well-being. Start each entry with, “When my life is ideal, I am … ” (living in a beautiful house in the mountains, working in a job that changes lives, spending plenty of time with my children, etc.) Don’t worry about how you’ll get there. Just write it down. You become whatever you are committed to. “People often write down a passion, but if they can’t immediately see how they can manifest it, they erase it and instead write something down that they can easily put their arms around. In other words, they play it safe,” says Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Instead, think big. Narrow the list to your top five passions. Write all five passions down on five index cards. Post passions in places you will routinely see them, such as on the bathroom mirror and refrigerator door; display them prominently on your computer. Create a vision board (a collage of representations of your passions). “It’s an easy way to keep your attention on the things you really want to grow stronger in your life,” notes Attwood. Use these priority passions as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or opportunity, choose in favor of your passions,” advises Attwood. Then run to the goal with purpose in every step. Take the test again every six months, because passions can change and evolve over time.
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A GING GRACEFULLY Good Ways to Care for Pets in Their Golden Years by Sandra Murphy
We know that animals subjectively age faster than humans. What are the signs and how can we ease the way for an elderly pet?
s with humans, living longer doesn’t mean adding on time at the end, but adding to the middle, when pets can still enjoy themselves, maybe with some changes and modifications,” advises doctor of veterinary medicine Mark Howes, owner of Berglund Animal Hospital, in Evanston, IL. “Pets deserve quality of life.” Howes believes the old rule of thumb—one human year equals seven dog years—has changed. Size and breed are also factors now. “A 7-yearold great Dane is a senior, but for a Pomeranian, it’s closer to 10,” he says. “For other breeds, 12 is not necessarily elderly.” Key signs that indicate a pet may be slowing down and require special attention include changes in appetite, mobility and social interaction with people and other pets. In general, watch for flagging desires, abilities and cooperation.
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Instead of visiting a veterinarian’s office, choosing a vet that makes house calls is one viable solution. This is how New York City-based Dr. Jonathan Leshanski has specialized in aiding pets for 15 years. “During home visits, I notice things a pet’s person may miss or misinterpret in the midst of daily companioning,” says Leshanski, who sees more cats than dogs. “Because house calls are convenient for owners, I see pets more often and can diagnose problems earlier.” Dr. Cathy Alinovi also takes to the road with her rural practice, Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, in Pine Village, IN. She’s found, “The best way to keep a pet healthy and present longer is to keep the brain active,” adding that clients attest that their dog lived well and longer because of early intervention. “Some treatments for maintaining flexibility in their body are as simple as massage and stretching,” she adds.
An older or ill pet can become a finicky eater whose diet needs revamping. Dogs can sometimes skip a meal or two, but it’s important for cats to eat regularly says Jodi Ziskin, a wholistic nutrition consultant who specializes in companion animal care in Fort Lauderdale, FL. “Each animal is different, and it’s important to find the right food texture, smell and taste,” she notes. “Keep nutrients as pure and organic as possible and serve real meat and veggies. If a pet has trouble chewing or needs more fluids, try dehydrated foods, thinned by blending with filtered water to a puréed consistency. Don’t set food and water dishes on the floor—raise them so the pet’s head is higher than his stomach, which helps digestion.” Ziskin recalls how a wholistic diet and supplements enabled her own cat, Kayla, diagnosed with chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome at age 14, to live twice as long as her original prognosis of three years. Acupuncture and subcutaneous fluid therapy complemented her nutritional program. For pets with chronic pain from arthritis or another ailment, veterinary house calls can literally be lifesavers, because they give owners more options than premature euthanasia. Dr. Karri Miller, a veterinary oncologist with Veterinary Healthcare Associates, in Winter Haven, FL, advises: “Cancer treatments for pets are not as harsh as they are for people and have fewer side effects. Before making a decision about treatment, consult a veterinary oncologist and ask a lot of questions. More pets today are living longer with a good quality of life.” Dr. Kathleen Cooney, owner of Home to Heaven veterinary services, in Loveland, CO, likes the team approach. “We teach people to partner with their pet on a day-to-day basis and help take away the fear by educating the family to recognize the stages of aging and illness, pain and
ENTICING A PICKY EATER “A pet doesn’t need to eat every nutrient every day. A balance achieved over several days will work. Getting them to eat is the main thing,” says Jodi Ziskin, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based animal wellness counselor. “Details can be worked out later.” She suggests these nutritious tips for perking up interest: Feed the animal two to four times a day in small amounts, so the stomach is neither empty or overfull. Changing from a raw diet to cooked food can aid digestion for older pets. For cats: Quinoa, millet or rice slows digestion and allows absorption of more nutrients. Because cats utilize fat in their diet better than dogs, a full-fat, plain yogurt is a good treat. For dogs: Low-fat yogurt and probiotics
soothe the stomach. Chicken thigh meat offers more flavor than breast meat. For both: A scrambled egg is a welcome treat. Also, add a bit of liquid from no-salt added, low mercury, wild caught, BPA-free cans of waterpacked tuna poured over their regular food or alternatively, ground-meat baby food. Aroma plays a large part in appetite, so appropriately warm foods before serving. Chamomile tea—about two teaspoons for cats and more for dogs, depending on size—has a calming effect and aids digestion. Like humans, pets sometimes need an antacid—ask a veterinarian for advice. If administering pills is a problem, crush them in the liquid from water-packed tuna, put it into a feeding syringe and slowly squirt the liquid into the corner of the pet’s mouth. LapOfLove.com/Pet_Quality_ of_Life_Scale.pdf helps owners track signs of improvements or deterioration that require adjustments in life management.
crisis, manage nutrition and live like their pets do—in the moment, not in the future. Understanding brings peace.” When the end comes, compassionate euthanasia at home or on Cooney’s farm lends a comforting atmosphere at a difficult time.
Leaving with Dignity
For aging or terminally ill pets, Dr. Mary Gardner, owner of Lap of Love, in Broward County, FL, works with families through the end of the pet’s life. “As a veterinarian who solely practices in-home hospice and euthanasia, I have been given a unique privilege,” she says. “Hospice care supports both the pet and family. I make sure the family and I have a clearly defined goal—the comfort of the animal.” Similar to hospice care for humans, pets in hospice are given palliative care that can prolong life without suffering or pain. Accepting help from a hospice service is not about giving up, but simply recognizing that additional treatment will not cure the illness. It’s accepting that the quality of each day of life is more important than the number of days. It’s living fully, beginning to end, right up until the last breath. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines.
Overcome Obstacles to Achievement
Jack Canfield Shares Insights on Creating Success by Linda Sechrist
ack Canfield is best known as co-author of The New York Times number-one bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages. A featured teacher in the films The Secret and Tapping the Source, he also has been interviewed on more than 1,000 radio and TV segments. He currently serves as CEO of The Canfield Training Group and president and founder of the Transformational Leadership Council.
Even with a wealth of webinars, teleclasses, workshops and other tools advising everyone how to live the life of their dreams, why do so many still struggle to feel successful? Just having a map in your hands doesn’t mean that you will get to your destination. Understanding your fears and limiting beliefs does not necessarily give you the ability to overcome them. Humans also have built-in protective mechanisms that often override their efforts to achieve their goals in order to maintain the status quo. While ideas presented in programs and courses to help people achieve success can inspire and motivate positive change, many people get stuck when they have to apply them. In the past, many of the methods used to overcome obstacles to success have been tedious and time consuming, requiring months or years of intense concentration and relentless perseverance. 24
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Why is it so challenging to make the changes necessary to succeed? The mind is divided into two hemispheres. One is responsible for rational, conscious thought and processes ideas sequentially, using language. The other is emotional, and processes ideas simultaneously, using pictures. The emotional, subconscious mind is far more powerful than the rational, conscious mind. It controls about 95 percent of our thoughts and actions and is motivated by the pull of pleasurable rewards and the push of negative emotions. To understand the challenge of change, think of the emotional mind as an elephant and the rational mind as the rider. As long as the elephant doesn’t have a strong desire to move in a particular direction, the rider can control the elephant. However, if the direction that the elephant wants to go in is different than what the rider has in mind, the chance of forcing the elephant radically diminishes. The reason that so many people fail to achieve success is that the elephantine subconscious is innately averse to the new action that needs to be taken. To make tasks much easier, the elephant must be motivated to move in a certain direction or, at the very least, remain neutral and not resist the rider. By applying some newer, cuttingedge tools that support change, such as tapping points along the body’s energy meridians, the approach used
in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), it is not only possible to get the elephant to cease resisting, but can also shave time off the journey to personal power and accomplishment. Tapping can transform the beliefs and emotions that cause self-doubt, self-sabotage, procrastination and other roadblocks. It is being used around the world to help people minimize or eliminate issues as varied as fears, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, food cravings and chronic pain.
What do you consider ultimate success? Many people report that after applying my 64 recommended success principles, they have achieved outstanding results in one area of their life, although they didn’t meet their expectations in another. Ultimate success isn’t about having only financial success, yet poor relationships; it’s about having success in all areas of your life. So, as practitioners like my coauthor Pamela Bruner, a business success coach and EFT expert, teach the tapping technique, they verbally introduce a powerful success principle and note the resistance people might encounter when trying to implement that principle. This can be done in person or self-administered, as demonstrated on the DVD included in our book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success.
How can we support our goals in everyday life? I’ve learned that few people actually study the principles of success as they relate to life. In college or business school, students are taught management skills that apply to business, but not the skill sets or mindsets needed for success in their personal lives. Students in educational institutions of any kind never learn that they control their life. We all need to understand that the books we read, the TV shows we watch and the social environment we choose to immerse ourselves in all either undermine our success or support it. For more information, visit JackCanfield.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.
Grounded in Gratitude Embrace Every Gift Because Each Blessing Counts by Frank Jude Boccio
n counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts. Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays—the workers that helped construct and maintain the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace. Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks. Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful.
As the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the whole universe. When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways. Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.” We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople. We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity. Our morning spiritual
practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers who observed the truth and shared what they learned. It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness. Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view— with its self-centered expectations and demands—to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness. This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience. Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated. It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given. It helps to remain aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated. We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe. The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).
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by Kathleen Barnes
Many Americans occasionally complain of having a lack of energy, and for some it’s a daily experience. Low energy levels can arise from a number of underlying factors, but poor diet and ongoing stress are the most likely culprits.
A consistently healthy diet can be the missing key ingredient to maintaining high energy in the long term, along with avoiding short-term energy dips. A diet featuring antioxidant-rich vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, low-fat proteins and healthy fats will not only keep energy levels high, it’s also essential to long-term health, according to Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If you think of getting energy from a cup of coffee or a candy bar, understand that it’s just a quick boost that doesn’t last long,” advises Gerbstadt, author of The Doctor’s Detox
Diet. “The kind of energy you get from complex carbs and whole grains will stay with you.” Adding a little protein, like a piece of low-fat cheese or a dollop of peanut butter on a whole grain cracker, will keep energy steady for even longer, starting with breakfast. Gerbstadt further notes that a midafternoon energy drop may be due to a blood sugar dip. The carb/protein plan also works well at these times, or a cup of green tea might just hit the spot. “Green tea does deliver some caffeine, but it has literally hundreds of antioxidants, like epigallocatechin gallate, that boost metabolism and stoke the metabolic fires,” she says.
Taking small breaks from the workday can help increase energy and refocus attention on the tasks at hand. Getting away from the computer screen to weed the garden for 10 minutes or taking a quick turn around the block can quickly reverse an energy slump. Plus, because most people have less-than-perfect diets, certain supplements can help raise energy levels and enhance overall health. Gerbstadt recommends vitamin D for those who don’t spend much time in the sun, to enhance immune function; fish oil for non-fish eaters for heart and brain health; and all B-vitamins to support everyone’s natural energy production.
“Stress is one of the biggest energy zappers of physical, emotional and spiritual energy,” says Jon Gordon, of Jacksonville, FL, author of The Energy Bus and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, hospitals and schools on the subject of staying positive. Exercise, a widely acknowledged energy booster, does double duty in moderating stress, according to the experts. Gordon’s prime recommendation for vanquishing it is a combination of exercise and emotional balancing: “You can’t be under stress and thankful at the same time,” he says. “So take a ‘thank-you’ walk every day and get the benefits of the physical exercise, as well as shifting emotions to a more positive state.” Dr. Judith Orloff, author of Positive Energy, adds, “Walking meditations are joyous exercises in mindfulness, putting one foot in front of the other and being in the now; set your critical mind aside to be replenished by the
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Bonus Energy Boosts In her book, Positive Energy, Dr. Judith Orloff offers simple strategies to help keep spirits high. The first is to choose our friends wisely. Most of us have encountered someone that repeatedly drains our energy and do well to recognize the signs of an “emotional vampire”: “Your eyelids get heavy and you feel like taking a nap,” she says. “Draw boundaries by learning that saying ‘No’ is a complete sentence.” For friends and relatives who always seem to be in the middle of a crisis: Do not encourage a drama king or queen by asking him or her how they are, advises Orloff. To deal with a chatterbox,“You must politely interrupt, as hard as that skill may be to learn.” Finally, “Laughter gives a big energy boost, so be silly and have fun.” Share a laughter break.
energy of the air, greenery and nature. “I also practice this short meditation throughout the day to calm myself and become more energized and clear,” she says. “For just three minutes, I close my eyes, focus on my breath and then envision a positive image, such as the night sky reflected in a body of water. These mini-tune-ups get you back to yourself, so you are centered and clear to continue your day.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books, including The Super Simple HCG Diet. Learn more at KathleenBarnes.com.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 All Souls’ Day Candlelight Séance Party w/ Margo Ross Sears−7-9pm. Join us while the "veil" between worlds is thinnest. Professional psychic medium Margo brings everyone fun, info, and sometimes channels visitors from the Other Side at this special and magical event. Readings and channelings will occur for both individuals and the whole group. Preregister: $25. Info: margo@ indigoanswers.com, 336-273-1260. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Arm Balances Everyone Can Do w/Chelsea Roff−7:30-9:30pm, Yoga in Common workshop with visiting yogini from Los Angeles. $25, members $20. All-levels class. Extra tips will be given for yoga instructors who attend. Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, MB. Register 843-385-6176 or online at YogaInCommon.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 How to Manifest Your Soul Mate w/Galina Ross −6pm-8pm. Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher of the International Healing Art Institute leads meditations to open the heart chakra and let the energy of Love be present. Create the sacred space with no fear or criticism, with acceptance and Light to create our future now. Learn how and why to chant Mantras to attract Love in your life, & receive visualization. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
NOVEMBER 2-4 Fall Back in Love with Your Body w/Chelsea Roff. Retreat guest instructor from Los Angeles, Managing editor for Intent.com, writer for 21st Century Yoga. A retreat, not workshops – students must attend all 5 sessions. Locals: $150, or those needing housing at Market Common: $390 plus. Register at 843-385-6176 or MindfulDestinations. com or YogaInCommon.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Pecan Festival Run Like a Nut / Bike Like a Nut 5K/10K/Half Marathon, Florence−8am. Fitness Forum sponsor and manager. Meet at and use Fitness Forum facilities, then head to Festival. then head over to the Festival. FitnessForumOnline.com/ run-like-a-nut.html. Body, Mind, & Spirit Fair w/The Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op−10am-4pm. A way to connect and explore self-care for your mind, body and spirit as you interact with practitioners and enjoy mini workshops. Free admission, nominal fees for some sessions. The Yoga Room, 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB 843-450-9402. MyrtleBeachYogaRoom.com. Hanser House Seafood Festival−11am-4pm. All you can eat oysters while they last, live bands, cash
bar, food, local vendors, silent auction, and raffle to benefit Tidelands Community Hospice. Tickets at Hanser House and Tidelands Community Hospice: 843 546-3410. $15 in advance, $20 day of event, Kids 12 and under free with adult. Hwy 17 Litchfield, Hanser House, 843-235-3021. Trunk Sale with JALA Clothing for Yogis−Noon6pm, Breathe. Live. Love. Great stuff. Stop by and get some good buys! Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, MB 843-385-6176 or YogaInCommon.com.
Competitors serve samples of their soup, along with bread, beverages and desserts provided by allied vendors and partners. Trophies awarded for people’s choice, judges’ choice and overall winner. Proceeds benefit HGTC and Academy for Technology and Academics with scholarships. Valor Park in the Market Common, MB. Tickets purchased online and at door, under $12 at MyrtleBeachACF.com. Lee Zulanch, 843-477-1100, benjaminsbakery@ sc.rr.com.
Meeting Your Spirit Guides: Journey into Spiritual Awareness w/Deborah Broad, Medium−24pm. Who are these Guides, who help to fulfill our spiritual contract, how do you connect with them directly, & how do Guides affect us in our everyday life? You will also receive a personal message, & learn a guided meditation in order to stay connected with your Spirit Guides. $40 ($35 if pre-registered). Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
NOVEMBER 4 & 18
The Russian Legacy featuring Adam Neiman w/Long Bay Symphony−4pm. Three outstanding examples in the unique development of Russian music: Rimsky-Korsakov (Capriccio Espagnol), Prokofiev (Love for Three Oranges Suite), Shostakovich (Festive Overture), and Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 3). MB High School Music & Arts Center. 3302 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, MB. LongbaySymphony.com.
Five Gyres Last Straw Plastic Pollution Solutions Bike Tour w/Stiv Wilson−7–8pm. Five Gyres Institute has 6 bicyclists riding from Boston to Charleston to raise awareness for plastic in the oceans, stopping in Pawleys Island for presentation. 5gyres.org. At Barefoot Barista Restaurant Coffee House and Tea Rooms, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, 843-957-7803, BarefootBarista.net.
Maha Sadhana w/Dawn Yager−9-11am. Practice begins with a philosophy talk, then asana practice, guided relaxation and meditation. in great detail Dawn teaches what has been given to her by her teachers. Walk in $15 or use class pass. 38thAve N, North Kings Hwy, MB 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com.
Prenatal Yoga w/Amanda Powell Wooten−10:3011:30am. 6 wk series begins 11/5. Yoga can improve the quality of pregnancy, as well as the ability to relax and enjoy the profound moments leading to the birth. Develop breath awareness, strength and balance poses, meditate and relax to prepare physically and mentally for pregnancy, labor and delivery. $75. 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com.
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. Myrtle Beach. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 4467471, ArtsyParksy.com.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 The “I” in the Looking Glass 11am Service w/ Susan Boles LUT, Spiritual Intuitive, Oneness Blessing Giver. Afternoon workshop−1:30-4pm. Speaking to the Shift of 2012, no great Being of Light is coming to save us and to transform Earth into a planet of beneficent Oneness-it’s why you and I are here. Suggested donation $20, no one turned away. 843-238-8516. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. 1st Sunday at Unity - Family Feast Potluck–Noon, following 11am Celebration Service. Bring something to share and visit with community. Vegan & Vegetarian appreciated. All are welcome. 843238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Souper Supper Culinary Competition w/American Culinary Federation−Noon-3pm. Competition and tasting event with 40 restaurants and chefs.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 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,UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 H i p , H i p , H o o r a y Wo r k s h o p w / H e i d i McGovern−1-4pm. "Get Hip" with Heidi, Feldenkrais practitioner, Physical therapist and Bones for Life teacher at Possum Trot Rec Ctr, NMB. Explore small, gentle, mindful movements of the hip & its connection to the pelvis for health, comfort, enjoyment and walking. $35. for new attendees, $30 for returning students. Bring a mat. Reserve by 11/5. Info: Heidi 843-361-8436, firstname.lastname@example.org, HeidiMcGovern.com. Childbirth Education Workshop w/Marlo Robinson RN, CD, (DONA), Esq. Hosted by
Beach Babys Doula Services in Myrtle Beach, and owner, Pat Burrell, RN, CD (DONA), CHT, CLC, WCBE. 5615 N. Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach, 843-213-1393 or email email@example.com. BeachBaby.org.
NOVEMBER 9-11 Awakening the Spirit Within: Learning to Play the Flute w/Cerantha Corley. Find out how a Native American-style flute can express your inner song. Let your soul speak to you through flute-playing and expressive painting. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Salad Bar, Raw Vegan Potluck Lunch & Movie−Noon. Bring salad greens, a raw vegan dish or dressing/toppings to share and bring your own plates and eating utensils. Pure water provided. Movie starting at 12:15. Soccastee Library, 707-Connector Rd, MB. Meetup.com/rawveganmyrtlebeach, Wesley 843-650-1714 Yoga Meditation Workshop w/Paula Kenion, MS Instructor−12:30pm-2. Learn easy meditation techniques for personal and spiritual growth. This is an introductory class. All are welcome! (*We will meditate in chairs for comfort. Or mats provided if you prefer to sit on the floor.) $35 B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, Ste 107, Pawleys. 843-833-1998 SpiritualAwakening.vpweb.com. Yoga for Young Athletes w/Chrissie Keillor−1:302:45pm (boys), 3-4:15pm (girls). For ages 14-18. Three week series begins 11/10, no class Thanksgiving weekend. Geared toward young athletes and the common areas of discomfort and pain. Classes include cardio component as well as strengthening. Themes will be shoulder strengthening, core stability and hip opening. Work on strength and flexibility while calming the mind and body. Athletes can learn meditation to calm performance anxiety. $25 for series, $10 walk in with student ID. 843-6556272, InletYogaStudio.com. Kirtan Band w/The Yoga Room−7-10pm. Rahasya comes from Atlanta for a fun night of chanting. A form of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion brings deeper awareness in an easy and fun session for all ages and abilities. Listen to sample at Rahasya.org. $20 at the door, or $18 prepaid on the Yoga Room website. The Yoga Room 196C Stonebridge Dr MB, 843-450-9402, MyrtleBeachYogaRoom.com.
NOVEMBER 10-11 Art in the Park at Valor 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. 1120 Farrow Parkway, Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 446-7471, ArtsyParksy.com. Birth Doula Certification Workshop w/Marlo Robinson RN, CD, (DONA), Esq. Hosted by Beach Babys Doula Services in Myrtle Beach, and owner, Pat Burrell, RN, CD (DONA), CHT, CLC, WCBE. 5615 N. Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach, 843-213-1393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. BeachBaby.org.
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Lotus Pose & Healthy Knees w/Britney Horine−911am. An in depth look at the fundamentals of establishing a safe lotus pose. Practice, heat the body and work deeply into the hips and ankles. Walk in $15 or use your class pass38thAve N, North Kings Hwy, MB 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com.
"Above the Clouds" Yoga Retreat to Ceaser's Head, SC w/Guest Yogi Mitchell Hughes from Columbia. $295 per person includes yoga, meditation, catered meals, hiking & beautiful lodging. Details and registration at or call 843-385-6176, YogainCommon.com.
Choose your Focus–Change your Experience w/ Carol Dovi O’Dwyer−11am. Sunday Service guest speaker, Life Coach and author of Gifts from Our Grandmothers, committed to overcoming fears, like flying, public speaking and converting to love of travel, training, speaking and writing. All are welcome. 843-238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Toning Workshop w/Rev. Cathy Cartisano Andrews−2-3:30pm. Toning is the creation of extended vocal sounds on a single vowel in order to experience the sound and its effects in other parts of the body. Make peace with your throat, learn the history of toning and chanting, learn appropriate sounds for particular manifestations & find your own personal signature tone. Listen/participate in The Ghandarva Experience with Tom Kenyon (founder of Acoustic Brain Research, author, scientist, sound healer). $35 ($30 for members) Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
NOVEMBER 12-15 Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty w/Linda Szocik. Come enjoy the contemplative art of basket-making. There will be time for quiet reflection and communal prayer. No experience necessary. Materials furnished. Springbank Retreat for EcoSpirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $325 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Public Reiki Share−7-9pm. Open to all. A gathering of Reiki Practitioners who join together for a combination social/healing session, to gaining confidence and make friends. Participate in giving and receiving Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love and honor one another as healers. RSVP. Love donations accepted. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Radiant You w/Amanda Powell Wooten−7:30pm. Create a radiant community starting with you. Special Dr. Hauschka Skin Care spa event. Free, offering product discounts and $11.95 gift. RSVP, limited to 20. FREE RSVP please to reserve your space and free gift. 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com.
NOVEMBER 16, 17 What’s Your Blood Pressure Up To? w/Linda at Inlet Nutrition−11:30-12:30pm. Managing your blood pressure is a serious subject. Eight steps to a healthier blood pressure will be discussed. Free. Includes lunch. Must register. Bring friend and get $10 gift, 2 gets $20 gift. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Reserve space: Linda, 843-424-9586.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Morning Beach Walk w/Fun & Fit Meetup−8am. Start at the public beach access at Nash St & walk to the MB State Park pier & back, Feel free to bring children, pets & friends. Wesly Gray, 843650-1714, Meetup.com/FunandFitMyrtleBeach. GoRuck Challenge Adventure w/Green Berets−1pm, 10pm. A team event, not a race, where you navigate a course, 15-20 miles over 8-10 hours in Myrtle Beach with a Special Forces rucksack containing bricks. Participants are all civilians, events worldwide. Team of 30 or so starts and finishes together, completing challenges along the way, assigning team members to challenges based on their strengths. As much mental as physical. $160, portion benefits Silent Warrior Scholarship. MB teams training at CrossFit Myrtle Beach, CrossfitMyrtleBeach.com. Info: GoRuckChallenge.com. Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K, MB−2pm. A fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.. Broadway at the Beach, Celebrity Square next to Hard Rock Café, MB. Info: Arthritis.org/jingle-bell-run.php. And So It Is…Heal Your Life® Vision Board Workshop w/ Kristi Thompson−7-9pm. Heal Your Life® instructor, leads a fun-filled evening of visualization and creation. Will provide a guided visualization exploring what you would like to attract in various areas of your life. Will be coached on your vision board, affirmations and visualizations to unfold the life you have been dreaming of. All supplies provided. $15. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
NOVEMBER 17-18 Art with Heart−11am-3pm Sat, 12:30-2:30pm Sun. Showcase and sale for local artists/crafts persons with original creations Vendors welcome to reserve a space and art lovers welcome to shop. Healthy snacks and lunch will be available for purchase All are welcome. 843-238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Integrating Herbs into Holiday and Special Occasion Décor w/Lee Jones−10am. Low Country Herb Society Meeting & guest presentation. Visitors can join the LCHS at the meeting, annual dues $20. Grace Church on Hwy 17 in Pawleys Island, across from Litchfield Resort. LCHerbSociety.info, facebook.com/LowCountryHerbSociety.
THANKSGIVING, THURSDAY, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 NOVEMBER 22 15% Off Customer Appreciation Day at Bay Surfside Beach Turkey Trot−8:30am, Tot Trot Starts at 10:15am, at the Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, features a 10K, 5K, 1 mile and a free Kid's Tot Trot. 1,022 registered participants in 2011. Charitable Partnership with the Surfside Rotary Club. Registration under $40. MBTurkeytrot.com.
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, NLnaturalfoods.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Clear & Balance Your Chakras, Energy Field, Body & Soul w/Galina Ross−6-8pm. Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher of the International Healing Art Institute leads. Sound healing and meditation will help you to balance your chakras, release the pain, feel harmony and peace, feel better fast and live a happier, abundant and productive life. Receive Sacred Heart Healing blessing/energy & a recorded CD with balancing meditations. $35 ($30 if preregistered & pre-paid) Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
Yin Vinyasa w/Britney Horine−9-11am. Practice designed to work deeply while holding the poses for longer amounts of time. Perfect after a busy holiday to get back on track. Walk in $15 or use your class pass38thAve N, North Kings Hwy, MB 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com.
NOVEMBER 23-25 Cultivate An Attitude of Gratitude for Our Truly Abundant Lives w/Kaitlen Groetzinger−10:30am12:30pm YIF, 2:30-4:30pm YIC. Guest instructor from Beaufort, SC teaches three workshops duplicated at each studio. Fri: Stoke the fires to burn off the calories. Sat: un-grip your hips and deepen your forward bends. Sun: slow, long holds in yin and restorative poses. All levels. Take one, two, or all three. $25/class, $60 for all 3, members $5 off. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, MB 843236-6634, Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, MB 843-839-9636. Register 843-385-6176 or online at YogaInCommon.com. Spirituality in a Time of Earth Transition w/ Marya Grathwohl. Peak oil, climate change, and global economic instability summons our courage to explore values and spiritual practices that can sustain us through profound cultural and personal transition. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $250 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or SpringbankRetreat.org. Thanksgiving Intensive w/Lauren Davis−9:30am12:30pm. Each year we discover that three hours, three days in a row over the holiday weekend is a great way to deepen our practice, and still be able to be with family and friends. Fri: twisting and detoxifying to get your body back, Sat: focus on backbends & inversions, Sun: restorative practice with a light Indian head wrap around your eyes to enhance your relaxation. Members $40/day, $70 for two days, $90 for all three days. Non-members $45/$80/$105, 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio. com. Yoga and the Golfer's Mind w/Marty Crocker. Yoga in Common 3 day retreat with visiting instructor from Hilton Head. Students must attend all sessions; Fri evening, Sat, & Sun morn. Includes a round of golf with Marty at Legends. Local cost includes retreat and golf: $150. With housing costs, $555/person plus. Register: 843-385-6176, MindfulDestinations.com or YogaInCommon.com.
NOVEMBER 27-30 All Beings Confluence w/Martha Cole. Create a 2- by 12-foot sheer panel using paint and applied fabric, giving creative expression to a creature to be honored. All materials provided. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $350 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Past Life Workshop w/Sandra J Walter−7-9pm. Intuitive Healer & Certified Hypnotherapist leads workshop. You receive a mini past life reading from Sandi. Afterwards, everyone will then have the chance to heal their past through a Light Meditation. Info on karma and future personal events will be covered. $40 ($36 for Center members). Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 2 Widening Embrace: A Women’s Retreat w/ Carolyn McDade. Move and sing among the panels of Beings from the 11/27-30 workshop, enter into a more intimate knowing of the love that moves within all – widening our embrace. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $285 fee includes lodging and meals. Carolyn will also lead a Song Fest on Sunday, 12/2 from 2-4 pm. The public is invited, and donations are accepted. 843-382-9777 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
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Rivertown Reindeer Run 5K in Conway−8am. Winding through historic downtown Conway, begins and ends at the Marina Park. Benefits the American Red Cross. Runners and walkers are invited to wear their holiday attire. Racers can park in the County’s parking lot just off 2nd Ave. Bathrooms are available at start/finish locations. Food and beverages include a water stop on the route and hot and cold foods and beverages at the finish line. Race day registration will be available 7am. $23, GrandStrandRunner.com.
Gingerbread House Factory w/Barefoot Barista (time: TBD). Make your dream Gingerbread House and we provide all the fixins and clean up the mess. Get in the Christmas spirit, for the whole family. $25/family. Barefoot Barista Restaurant Coffee House and Tea Rooms, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Isl, 843-957-7803, BarefootBarista.net. 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, MBdrumcircle@yahoo.com. Bach & Handel for the Advent Season w/Carolina Master Chorale & the Long Bay Symphony−7pm. Outstanding vocal soloists present a pair of seasonal classics from the Baroque Era. Bach (Christmas Oratorio, Part I) and Handel (Selections from Messiah). Single tickets can be purchased from Carolina Master Chorale at 444-5774. Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 North Kings Hwy, MB.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Holiday Gift Fair at Inlet Yoga−2-5pm. Handmade crafts and gifts for your family and for the yogis in your life. 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio. com. Bach & Handel for the Advent Season w/Carolina Master Chorale & the Long Bay Symphony−4pm. Outstanding vocal soloists present a pair of seasonal classics from the Baroque Era. Bach (Christmas Oratorio, Part I) and Handel (Selections from Messiah). Single tickets can be purchased from Carolina Master Chorale at 444-5774. Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1100 8th Ave N. NMB.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 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,UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
DECEMBER 8-9 A Heretic’s Guide to the History of the Holy Bible w/Dale Allen Hoffman−1-3pm Sat, 11am Service and 1:30-3:30pm Sun. International Aramaic Scholar presents an unflinching view into the history of the Bible. DaleAllenHoffman.com. All are welcome. 843-238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Holiday Party w/Wellness Council−7pm. A social gathering with a short meeting prior. Meet others in the wellness organizations and businesses. Get to know other members and introduce others to the organization. Friends welcome. Potluck-bring healthy foods to share and a friend or two. Parkland Clubhouse at Legends, off of Hwy 501. RSVP 843995-3199, WellnessCouncilSCS.org.
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Unity Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Susan Boles, LUT & Lesta Sue Hardee−9:30-10:30am. DVD Series with Deepak Chopra, “The Third Jesus – Awakening to God Consciousness.” Love Offering. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
H e a t e d P o w e r Vi n y a s a w / Ta r a G u r r y, E-RYT−9:30-10:30am. Challenging Vinyasa flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen, detoxify, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, passes available, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com.
Unity Church Celebration Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller & guest speakers−11am Service with prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Music with Barb Stout and Unity Band. Youth programs. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. 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, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, KagyuStudySC.info.
tuesday Weight Loss Challenge w/Inlet Nutrition. AM and PM classes avail. Weekly prizes, coaching support, nutritional topics, free metabolism test and more. $35 fee to join. Cash prizes awarded at the end of the challenge. Rules in place for accountability. 2 locations: Murrells Inlet & Georgetown. Join anytime. Linda: 843-424-9586. Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT GCFP−10-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. $10 per class or pay by month for $10 discount. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436, email@example.com, HeidiMcGovern.com.
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. Yoga for School Teachers−4:30pm. After school time special with $10 rate for school teachers, or anyone. All levels one hour class. Regular pricing available. The Yoga Room, 196c Stonebridge Dr, Myrtle Beach, 843-450-9402. Inquiring Minds MeetUp Group−6pm. Coming together to set intentionally positive vibrations, discuss and meet. Energy workers, Reiki, crystals, reconnection, trager, massage therapy, healing touch, drum circles, astrology, aromatherapy, essential oils, organic farming and heirloom seeds. Barefoot Barista, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, 843-957-7803, BarefootBarista.net. Metaphysical Minds Meet-Up–6pm. Discussing the movie Thrive. Barefoot Barista, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island info 843 957-7803, BareFootBarista@gmail.com, Facebook: Inquiring Minds. Restorative Yoga−6pm. A gentle style of Yoga for anyone. Six poses per class that uses props to support the body and allow for releasing and surrendering. Deep breathing and affirmations for reducing stress. Benefits those with insomnia, asthma, fibromyalgia, sciatica, and arthritis & anxiety. $15. The Yoga Room, 196c Stonebridge Dr, Myrtle Beach, 843-450-9402. mbyogaroom@ gmail.com.
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All levels Ashtanga Vinyasa w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−6:30-8pm. Breath work and a powered up flow of fundamental postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels, be prepared to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E (upstairs), MB. firstname.lastname@example.org; 843-333-2656; SecretLotusYoga.com. Hot Vinyasa w/Dawn−6:30–7:30pm. Using heat to move deeper into asanas, explore the limits of the body while challenging your strength. It’s hot, it’s hard, leave humbled. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com.
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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.
wednesday Seniors Day at Bay Naturals & New Life Natural Foods. Shoppers over 60 get 10% discount Wed at New Life Natural Foods, NMB at Gator Hole, 556 Hwy 17N, NMB 843-272-4436, & Bay Naturals, 76th Ave N & Kings Hwy, MB, 843-4480011, NLnaturalfoods.com. 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. Slow Flow Gentle Yoga w/Donna Stead−910:15am. For beginners, seniors, or those getting back on the mat. Class moves slowly and emphasizes linking breathing with movement. Led by Certified Yoga Teacher and founder of The Yoga Room. See website for pricing. Drop in or discounted pass card available. The Yoga Room, 196c Stonebridge Dr, Myrtle Beach, 843-450-9402. 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, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Tai Chi Chih w/Tommi Whitfield−10:4511:45am. Certified Instructor. Tai Chi Chih is a set of 19 movements and one pose, totally focused on the development of an intrinsic energy called Chi. Easy to learn - the basics of the 19 Movements and one pose can be acquired in 3 months. A peaceful slow moving form, suitable for all ages and ability levels. All levels. Community class by donation (suggested $6). Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB, CarolinaPowerYoga.com.
Meditation, Silent & Guided–Noon-12:30pm. In Unity’s Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. 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, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Ashtanga Short Form−5:15–6:15pm. Ashtanga is a sequence that is available and yet challenging for all levels. This practice is an amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists and adjustments helpful. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Candlelight Vinyasa w/Maria−6:30-8pm. All levels welcome. With options for each pose you will feel comfortable while being challenged. Sun salutations, standing poses, forward bends, backbends and inversions. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. 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 UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
thursday Fit Club w/Linda Sacchetti−8:30-9:30. Register and exercise together, weekly. All levels welcome. Personal wellness coach with 10 years experience coaching a healthier lifestyle. Registration fee $15 incl T-shirt, hydrating drink & a recovery drink. Meet under the garden City Pier, stretching and Fitness Motivation Minute right after. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. 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, email@example.com. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Vinyasa w/Dawn−9:30 11am. All levels practice that is challenging, while giving modifications if needed. If you feel like its time to take your practice beyond the asana, Shanti Yoga combines physical discipline with meditation to heal on all levels. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com.
Bones for Life™ w/Heidi McGovern PT, BFLT−10-11am. Support your bones with easy to learn exercises developed by Ruthy Alon. Learn what your bones respond to & have fun doing it. $10 per class or pay by the month for $10 discount. Possum Trot Rec Center. Bring a mat. 843-3618436, firstname.lastname@example.org, HeidiMcGovern. com. Gentle Yoga w/Dale Hicks−10:45-11:45am. Certified Yoga Instructor. A slow, soothing vinyasa class with emphasis on basic and modified yoga postures, the majority are supine, prone and seated on the mat. Excellent for beginners. $12 walk-in, Passes available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com. 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, OvisHillFarm.com. Open Mic Night! Barefoot Barista Restaurant Coffee House and Tea Rooms, 10080 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, 843-957-7803, BarefootBarista.net.
friday Ashtanga Primary Series−9:30–11am. A sequence that is available and yet challenging for all levels. An amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists and adjustments helpful. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. 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. Yoga Love Flow w/ Tara Gurry, E-RYT−6-7pm. Vinyasa Yoga Community Class for singles and couples that want to get their love flowing. All levels. Fun yet mindful yoga focused on expanding your prana while lightening your heart, mind and body. Community class by donation. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com. 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.
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saturday MedMob Myrtle Beach w/Barb Stout. Last MedMob was on Sept 21st, International Day of Peace when 24 people sat in silent meditation with over 300 cities around the world. Monthly public meditation event on various Saturdays. Barb 843504-6946. Medmob.org and Facebook. Conway Farmer's Market−8am-1pm. Local Waccamaw grown farm products, crafts and more. 217 Laurel St, Historic Downtown Conway. WaccamawMarkets.org. Market Common Farmers Market, Deville St−8am-noon. Local Waccamaw grown farm products, crafts and more. WaccamawMarkets.org. Yoga Philosophy w/Dawn Yager−8-9:30am. if you're just curious or a teacher wanting to brush up on various topics: the Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Vedas, Karma, Mantra, Sanskrit, pranayama, anatomy (physical & energetic), meditation, the inner working of consciousness. Walk in $15 or class pass. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. 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, OvisHillFarm.com. Vinyasa Yoga w/Rotating Instructors−10-11am.. Vinyasa flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen, detoxify, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, passes available $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com. All levels Ashtanga Vinyasa w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−10:30am-noon. Breath work and a powered up flow of fundamental postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels, be prepared to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E (upstairs), MB. email@example.com; 843-333-2656; SecretLotusYoga.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243 AlternativeHealthClinicMB.com
Suzanne Swearengen, AP, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncture physician and is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In her work, she strives to provide compassionate care for individuals seeking wholistic solutions for ailments, illnesses and maintenance of good health. Additional modalities include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, homeopathic medicine and cold laser. Over the course of 15 years, she has developed her professional skills through credited courses and seminars in order to best serve her patients. See ad, page 28.
AYURVEDA & MEDITATION PATTY EPPLEY, RYT, VEDIC MASTER Chopra Certified Instructor 814-243-5038 firstname.lastname@example.org MindfulIntentions.com
Patty Eppley is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Chopra Center University. She combines her 20+ years experience in health care with her role as Chopra certified instructor to bring the healing practices of meditation and Ayurveda—the oldest healing system on the planet—to those desiring improved health and well-being. Her teaching style integrates with today’s lifestyle and modern medicine. Patty partners with health providers, universities, corporations and yoga studios, and welcomes private consultations.
BONE HEALTH HEIDI McGOVERN, PT
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Bones for Life® Teacher/Trainer 843-361-8436 email@example.com HeidiMcgovern.com 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 10.
CHIROPRACTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Linda Audino, DC 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243 AlternativeHealthClinicMB.com
A g r a d u a t e o f Pa l m e r C h i r o p ra c t i c C o l l e g e i n 1994, Dr. Linda Audino has practiced in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and, in South Carolina, since 2003. She has treated newborns to geriatrics and everyone in between. It is Audino’s desire as a chiropractor to educate the public about what true health care is. The main focus of her message: There are no secrets or shortcuts to achieving health, but rather using good sense and knowledge to make the right choices in life. See ad, page 28.
DENTISTRY, MERCURY FREE JACK W. MARKUSEN, DMD 1321 44th Ave N Myrtle Beach 843-916-0990 DocMark.com
Dr. Markusen is a graduate of the School of Dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina. He’s been a member of the American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics. He has been practicing dentistry for almost 30 years. See ad, page 11.
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ENERGY HEALING & AURA READING RENEÉ LEWIS, CCMT, RMT, RT(R) (M)(MR)ARRT Aura Photographer/Reader Usui Reiki Master/Teacher Chios® Master Teacher Crystal Healer 843-241-0609 InnerLightOuterLove.com
Renee’ Lewis brings new modalities to the Grand Strand area with the introduction of Chios Energy Field Healing a n d a u ra p h o t o g ra p hy readings. Renee’ is also a Reiki master and member of the International Center for Reiki Training. She specializes in crystals with her energy work and utilizes her medical background in her teaching by incorporating physics and biology for easier comprehension. She teaches certification classes for Reiki and Chios and is available for workshops and private sessions or readings.
HYPNOTHERAPY MAXIMIZED MIND
Mike Oglesbee, CAH, MPNLP 843-957-6926 MaximizedMind.com 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.
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Pat Burrell, RN, CD, (DONA), WCBE, CLC, CHT 843-213-1393 BeachBabys.org 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 33.
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Dr. Craig Talbot is a trained Shamanic counselor, offering The 7 Sacred Rites of the Peoples, smudgings, pipe circles, drum circle, spirit circle, teacher of the medicine way, traditional tee pee demonstrations, ordained minister for wedding ceremonies, carrier of the sacred bundle. How may I serve you?
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Inside Bella Baby 7269 Hwy 707, north of Big Block Rd Myrtle Beach HolisticParent.com 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.
PSYCHOTHERAPY KENNETH LUX, PHD
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.
WELLNESS COACH LINDA SACCHETTI
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 34.
YOGA CAROLINA POWER YOGA 81 Hillside Dr N North Myrtle Beach 843-877-5839 CarolinaPowerYoga.com
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 InletYogaStudio.com
Breathe. Empower. Transform. Inlet Yoga is dedicated to serving yoga students at every level of their personal practice, offering classes seven days a week, from beginner to advanced. Classes include Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yoga for Golf and Sports, Iyengar, Restorative and Hot. $5 Community Class at 6 pm Fridays benefits the Coastal Animal Rescue of Murrells Inlet. Come breathe, empower and transform yourself through practice.
LIVE OAK YOGA STUDIO
Karyl Tych, Certified Iyengar Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach 843-340-YOGA (9642) LiveOakYogaStudio.com Come to Live Oak Yoga Studio to study Iyengar yoga known for its emphasis on clear methodical instruction, correct alignment, and the use of props. You’ll receive individual attention in each class. The studio is fully equipped including a rope wall. Karyl Tych, a certified iyengar yoga teacher, has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in India.
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Awakening the Spirit Within: Learning to Play the Flute, Nov. 9-11 Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty, Nov. 12-15 Spirituality in a Time of Earth Transition, Nov. 23-25 “All Beings Confluence,” Nov. 27-30 Widening Embrace: A Women’s Retreat, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Join us for a Songfest led by Carolyn McDade on Sun., Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted.
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SECRET LOTUS YOGA & HEALING ARTS
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Secret Lotus offers Ashtangabased yoga classes ranging from beginner to advanced, challenging the breath, mind and body to connect in a powerful union. Brand new or experienced practitioners welcome! In addition to Ashtanga classes, we offer Ashtanga-influenced prenatal, gentle and Mommy & Me yoga. Also offering massage and Reiki. Mention this ad, and your first class is free.
Come grow with us! We are now a “full-service” stop for body, mind and spirit ! We offer several classes in a variety of yoga styles to suit your body type, age, ability or health issues. Why not begin your Yoga journey with us? After yoga, you may want to enroll in a workshop in our Healing Arts Cooperative! Stop in any weekday until noon to visit our wonderful space and all that we offer or visit our website at MyrtleBeachYogaRoom. com. See ad, page 11.
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YOGA IN COMMON
3901 N Kings Hwy, Ste 20-A 843-467-5444 ShantiMyrtleBeach.com 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 YogaInCommon.com 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.
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