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A National Historic Landmark
he lady driving past the sculpture of the “Fighting Stallions” on Highway 17 made a decision. “We’re going to Brookgreen Gardens today” she said to her husband, “We keep saying we’re going to see what’s there and today we’re going to find out.” What they found is a place where history, art, and nature merge seamlessly. A place nestled within the 60-mile stretch of South Carolina’s coast known as the Grand Strand where one of the most significant collections of sculpture by American artists in the world is showcased under a canopy of historic live oak trees, native plants, and flowers. The place is Brookgreen Gardens and for more than 75 years visitors have come to marvel at its beauty. The idea for Brookgreen Gardens was born in 1930 when philanthropist Archer M. Huntington and his wife, the famous sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, read a real estate brochure about “Four Colonial Estates on the Waccamaw River for sale.” The price was $225,000 for 6,635 acres of land that stretched from the Waccamaw River to the Atlantic Ocean. They purchased the property plus several thousand
additional acres to build a winter home but very soon after the acquisition they decided to devote much of the land as a protected wildlife refuge and to dedicate another parcel of land as a sculpture garden. In 1931, the Huntingtons established Brookgreen Gardens as a non-profit corporation and opened it to the public the following year. They wanted to attract visitors who might not ordinarily go to an art museum and to engage art lovers in a deeper appreciation for the natural world and its delicate environments. Over the years, the beauty of the gardens, the natural surroundings, and the animals in their native habitats have awed millions of visitors. Open daily, this National Historic Landmark offers tours, classes, cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals. These programs shed light not only on the sculpture, plants, and animals seen at Brookgreen, but also on the rich history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. So like the lady driving past the entrance, make the decision to see for yourself what Brookgreen Gardens is all about.
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When I was a kid—probably barely 4 feet tall, I tried to join in a basketball game with kids much bigger. No one took me seriously. I’m not sure I’d ever played before, and maybe as a joke, someone tossed me the ball and screamed “throw it.” I knew the goal was to get the ball in the basket, so from half court, I heaved it toward the basket without thinking. Everyone stopped screaming and turned. The ball sailed in a perfect arc and swished through the basket. There was a moment of silence, and then more screaming and cheering. I wasn’t sure why. Wasn’t it the point to get the ball in the basket? So, now what was the big deal? I threw the ball through the basket. So? I think we’ve all done that at some point. A nearly miraculous feat accomplished, because we had no idea it was that hard to do, especially when you’re 4 feet tall. We just did it without thinking. There is a magic in doing things without exercising those thoughts about how difficult, or impossible, the task is. That’s when the most amazing things happen. Who benefits by telling us all is lost—that we should just accept that we can’t ever sink the basket? That we can never elect someone smart enough to pass a 7th grade civics or history exam. That it’s okay if a bank writes faulty mortgages, fakes signatures, cheats investors and takes our homes. That those same institutions can hold the economy hostage, take tax funds and write themselves obscene bonuses in their paychecks. Who benefits by saying organics aren’t practical; that they’ll outlaw the sale of natural foods, confiscate raw milk and almonds, and copyright seeds? That it’s necessary to treat living animals as material inventory, and ignore their suffering and sell contaminated food. Who benefits by telling us we need more oil; that solar doesn’t work; that everything in the Gulf is perfectly fine? Who tells us a car can never get better than 20 mpg; that a Prius might fail or explode? We’ve felt 4 feet tall for generations, and beginning sometime in the past year or so, we’ve begun a miraculous transformation. Small family farms are prospering, solar is picking up steam, and nonpolluting cars are hitting the streets. In the Middle East, tyrants are chased from their fortresses. And in the United States, the 99 percent of us are taking hold of the ball. Those who have benefitted from our belief that living better, with integrity and dignity was impossible, are retreating into the statehouses, banks, newsrooms, offices, trading floors and estates. The bright light of truth burns. The world is changing, led by a younger group of activists who never knew that it was difficult to sink a half-court toss when you’re only 4 feet tall.
newsbriefs The War After the War, a Warrior’s Journey Home
r. John Wesley Fisher was drafted into the US Army in 1967 at the age of 20. He never considered volunteer military service, but followed orders and was sent to Vietnam in 1968, the bloodiest year of the conflict. One year later, he returned home stripped of his own identity, appalled and angry from a war the public was not supporting. Within a non-appreciative society, he spent more than 20 years camouflaging his feelings about the war and his sacrifice until his nephew deployed over to the Persian Gulf War in 1991. At that point, Fisher was unable to hide his feelings any longer. He realized the symptoms of his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and began a long journey of healing. Being a wholistic doctor, he attempted a natural approach and with counseling, writing, travel and soul recovery, has succeeded in his endeavors. On 11/11/11, Veterans Day, he will release his latest book, The War After the War, a Warrior’s Journey Home. Fisher has authored two other books, Angels in Vietnam and Not Welcome Home, and is a national speaker for Soldier’s Heart, a welcome home initiative for healing the effects of war. His lectures share the methodologies that work for healing veterans, their families and communities strained with the horrors of war. Unity Church of Myrtle Beach hosts the celebration for the new book, and Fisher will speak on healing our nation and its veterans on this all-important day of remembrance. The event will also have music, devotion, honor and an opportunity to acquire an autographed first edition copy on Friday evening, Nov. 11, 6:30 and 8:30 pm, at 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside Beach. The event is free to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more info about John Wesley Fisher, visit JohnWesleyFisher.com and see ad, page 9. For info and directions to Unity Church, visit UnityMyrtleBeach.com. See ad, page 32.
bag and get 10 percent off your final purchase. What is greener than saving the green in your wallet? For every $10 you spend, get an Ethics card stamped. After 10 stamps, get a $10 credit in the store. And truly living a life of integrity and ethics includes charity and helping those less fortunate with food, both healthful and organic. Ethics is sponsoring an organic food drive. Customers will receive 10 percent off their purchases for every organic, non-perishable food item donated at Ethics between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15. Ethics will deliver these donations to a local food bank in time for Thanksgiving. Ethics General Store is located at 2954-B Howard Ave, in Myrtle Beach’s The Market Common. For more info, call 843-839-1583 or visit Facebook.com/ShopEthics or GotEthics.com. See ad, page 15.
Wholistic Wellness Seminar Saturday, Nov. 19
r. Melody Iles, NP, PhD, has years of education and experience in all aspects of wholistic medicine. Her office, SC Wellness, recognizes that for true healing to take place, the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual elements of each person needs a systems approach to target the root of an illness. Join Iles for a free seminar and a chance to talk with her about your questions and concerns. SC Wellness is located at 315 Main St, downtown Conway on the 2nd floor, above Tranquility Day Spa. The seminars are held on the third Saturday of every month, at 10 am, and seminar topics change every month. For more info, contact Dr. Melody Iles at 843-488-3440 or visit SCwellness.net.
Living Ethically with Ethics General Store
lastic bags are a major environmental problem worldwide. Ethics General Store wants to encourage you to help save the planet and wildlife from plastic by offering discounts if you bring your own reusable shopping bag from home. During the month of November, bring your own
newsbriefs Pow Wow with the Waccamaw Indian People
he Waccamaw Tribe’s 19th Annual Arts Festival & Pow Wow (Pauwau) will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Tribal Grounds at 591 Bluewater Rd in Aynor. Join the local native tribe for drumming, dance, authentic costumes, Indian arts and history education. The gates will open at 10 am on both days. Cost is $5. There will be two grand entry ceremonies on Saturday, at 1 pm and 6 pm. Sunday there will be one at 2 pm. For more info, visit WaccamawIndians.us/tribalevents/.
2nd Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Intensive with Lauren Davis
n Nov. 26 and 27, from 9 am to 12 pm, Island Wave Yoga will be holding an intensive yoga workout to help you renew, restore and detox your body after that big holiday meal. The three-hour class will be led by Lauren Davis, who has been teaching yoga since 1994, and will focus on challenging poses, spending more time warming up to them, and finding different ways to practice. Exploration of the breath and a Pranayama series will help to refresh and enliven your practice. Classes are $35 per day, or $60 for both days. Island Wave Yoga is located at 10555 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island. For more info, call Island Wave Yoga at 843-314-3206, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit IslandWaveYoga.com.
Brookgreen Gardens’ Holiday Exhibits
tarting Friday, Nov. 25, and ending Sunday, Jan. 1, Brookgreen Gardens will be showing Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna in the Noble Gallery. Evergreen trees, wreaths and plaques decorated with assorted natural materials, along
with vintage carousel animal figures add beauty to this exhibit. Signs of the Season in Art and History will also be on display in the Jennewein Gallery. Christmas trees, art and furnishings will reflect the holiday celebrations at Brookgreen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These exhibits are free with garden admission. Brookgreen Gardens is on Ocean Highway south of Murrells Inlet. For more info, call 843-235-6000 or visit Brookgreen.org. See ad, page 2.
Lennea Aurilia Joins Key to Health
ennea Aurilia, known for her work with the Holistic Mom’s Network in Horry County, is joining Key to Health, where she will be practicing the raindrop technique, a combined therapy using Vita Flex, reflexology, massage techniques and essential oils. These oils are applied to various locations of the body to bring it structural and energetic alignment. It helps align the energy centers of the body and release them if blocked, gently, without force. She will also be giving classes on essential oils of the Bible and will offer essential oil coaching. By mentioning Natural Awakenings, Lennea will reduce the cost of a session by $10 on Nov. 9 and Nov. 30. Key to Health is located at 507 Robert M. Grissom Pkwy in Myrtle Beach. For more info, visit KeyToHealthCenter.com or call 843-448-4442.
Exploring Ways to Create More Love in Your Life Sunday, Nov. 20
on and Pam McMahon have been living, loving, singing and growing together for 46 years. They are the founders of Heartspace Center of ONEness, are Reiki
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masters and breathwork facilitators, and share their acoustic music to feed the soul. They have recorded three CDs and teach throughout the United States and Canada. The McMahons will be guest speakers and musicians for Unity’s 11 am service on Sunday, Nov. 20. In the afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, they will offer a workshop—Expanding Your Relationships Outside the Box—that breaks old paradigms of relationships of all forms: children, parents, siblings and partners. This opens the opportunity to build new paradigms of understanding and open-hearted, authentic communication. The McMahons are nationally known musicians and workshop presenters who were blessed to find each other three times in one life and to finally make it work. This workshop will begin with the amazing story of their 46-year relationship and unique lifestyle. In their most real way, Don and Pam will talk frankly about how they dealt with their relationship challenges, blessings, and breakdowns and breakthroughs. Workshop participants will experience interactive explorations in communication and relationship building. Don and Pam work intuitively with the group, making each workshop fun and real. Suggested workshop love offering: $20. For more info on the McMahons, visit Heartspace.com. For general info and directions, contact Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, at 843-238-8516 or visit UnityMyrtleBeach.org. See ad, page 32.
Modern Cleansing Is Growing
elly Payne and Chelsey Quirke are joining the Modern Cleansing team to add massage therapy and electrolymphatic therapy to the smorgasbord of services offered there. Electrolymphatic therapy is used when an unhealthy person has inflammation and pain due to lymphatic fluid buildup. The electro-lymphatic therapy uses a device that looks like a wand, which negatively charges your red blood
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cells, allowing them to help the blockage disperse. “I feel like Dr. Bones from Star Trek when I’m using it,” says owner Beth Good, “because I’m waving a wand over the skin and it causes an instant effect.” Beth went on to explain the technology in an easy-to-understand fashion: “Lymphatic cells are like rain puddles. The wand simply connects the rain puddles so that they can flow out into the stream nearby.” Mention Natural Awakenings and get $35 off your one-hour electro-lymphatic session. Modern Cleaning is in Socastee, at 6371 Dick Pond Rd. For a quick video on how it’s done, visit i-n-s-pi-r-a-t-i-o-n.com. For more info, contact Modern Cleansing at 843-828-4665 or visit ModernCleansing.com. See ad, page 7.
Self-Care through Mindful Movement with Trager Mentastics®
indsley Field, certified Trager® practitioner and tutor, will be teaching a four-week series of Trager Mentastics® on Wednesday evenings, 6 to 7:30 pm, at The Yoga Room in Myrtle Beach. Each evening session will build upon the previous, although drop-ins are welcome. The series begins Nov. 2, for $60, or drop-in individual classes for $20. Trager Mentastics® is a profoundly simple approach to body movement that can end stressinduced tension and replace aches, pains and stiffness with pleasurable sensations. The movements are easy and fun to do, very gentle, and work for people of all ages and abilities, from the athlete to the functionally impaired. They offer a way to agelessness: a graceful, free and energetic state, and can dramatically impact (and prevent) a wide range of ailments, from lower back pain to paralysis. With Trager Mentastics®, one very quickly achieves altered states in which communication with the deepest inner levels of consciousness is possible. The slightest movement accompanied by the thought “what could be freer?” can produce qualitative changes. This is not only in the physical movement itself, but also in the feeling states of posture, mental/emotional attitudes and in breath
newsbriefs and spirit. The mover is moved to experiences of heightened focus and awareness, enhanced self-esteem, and deep inner peace. This can happen with anyone, anytime, anywhere. No special talent or skill, apparel or gear is required: simply the willingness to allow some motion, however tiny, to question and listen within. Quoting Dr. Trager, â€œWorld peace, one body at a time.â€? Lindsley is an approved continuing education provider for massage therapists and body workers by SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The Yoga Room is located at 196C Stonebridge Dr, Myrtle Beach. For more info and to reserve space, contact Lindsley Field at 843651-1086 or email mysticheartdancer@ gmail.com and visit LindsleyField.com and TragerUS.org. See ad, page 26.
Triune for Life Chiropractic Seminars for Health
r. Matt Cullum and his office, Triune for Life Chiropractic, offer opportunities to learn about natural health and what you can do to stay healthy, happy and avoid expensive
health problems as you age. Nov. 7 the topic is Advanced Talk on Diabetes, an issue that touches many families today. Bring family and friends, and take away knowledge. Just because someone in your family has diabetes, you can stay healthy if you take care of yourself properly. The talk is at 7 pm. Call ahead to make sure there is room. Nov. 14 at 7 pm, patients of Cullum are invited to Patient Appreciation Day. Share your stories of how you succeeded in improving your health with the other members of the Triune for Life patient family. Triune for Life is located at 11945 Grandhaven Dr in Murrells Inlet. For directions and to reserve space, call 843-357-7200 or visit DrMattCullum.com.
Restore and Detox on Black Friday
fter the cooking, the eating, the cleanup and family reunion challenges, let all your stresses go, decompress, detox and restore with Island Wave Yoga in Pawleys Island. There will be a special class, gift baskets and ideas, sale items, massages, meditation and more to get you back on track and powered up to tackle the holidays. For more info, visit IslandWaveYoga.com.
Water Water and What to Drink?
aymond Owens will talk about the ideal water characteristics the body needs for the best hydration every Thursday at 5:30 pm at Joyfilled Gifts in Georgetown. Bottled, sparkling, tap or filtered? Call ahead to reserve a seat or ask questions. For more info, call Raymond Owens at 843-833-1773 or email at qhoplans@ sc.rr.com.
Fall at Springbank Retreat for Eco Spirituality and the Arts
hange and rebirth is the theme for workshops during November at Springbank Retreat. Located on 80 acres in a quiet, rural setting near Kingstree, Springbank is a place of meditation and healing among ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss, a blackwater swamp, and flowering camellias. Marcy Walsh and Pam Noble will lead the workshop Spirit Quest for Elders: Claiming Heart Wisdom of Conscious Aging. Make transitions in the aging process more conscious, more healing, and more open to new birth through a gentle questing experience among the magnolias and live oak, using the teachings of nature, ceremony, solitude, daytime wandering, storytelling, and council in seeking clarity for sacred journeys. Walsh is a facilitator for labyrinths and is a spiritual director and hiking guide. Noble is a retired psychotherapist who focuses on
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creating healing experiences in the natural world. She is the founder of Woman Quest and Numina, a mentoring program for women. Sandra Smith, co-founder and director of Holy Ground, a feminist retreat center in Asheville, NC, will lead Unfurling Our Spiritual Lives. Participants will reflect on how they might deepen their hearts’ capacity to receive and give love using the enneagram personality system as a map to their inner landscape. Miriam MacGillis will present Making the Change. TransitionUS.org presentations cover peak oil, climate change, and the mechanics of transition, along with the subtler subject of the inner transition that individuals need to go through to restore a harmonious relationship with the planet. MacGillis is the founder of Genesis Farm. Pam Smith will present Advent Blessings in a program that leads up to Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. Participants will look at the Hebrew prophets and Biblical passages in the New Testament to consider the blessedness of their lives, the presence of Emmanuel (which means God with us) in an ongoing way, and the impact of the coming of Christ on humanity and the entire world. Smith is the author of 10 books and articles on biblical, ethical and ecological themes. She has a PhD in systematic theology with a specialization in environmental ethics. On the Way Home: Deepening a Sense of Ecological Belonging will be presented by Dan Shelton. Participants will look at the concept of “ecological belonging.” They will rekindle a relationship with nature that is deeply meaningful and ecologically sustainable, inviting them to become compassionate beings of Earth. Shelton has an EdD in ecopsychology. He facilitates the educational program Project NatureConnect and has more than 20 years’ experience in helping to deepen a sense of ecological belonging. For more info, contact Springbank Retreat for EcoSpirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree, or 800-671-0361 or SpringbankRetreat.org. Program fees include lodging and meals. See ad, page 25.
gain over the holidays is usually 5-15 lbs. At the Digestive Health Social, sample desserts, dips, drinks and more that won’t put the pounds on, and provide the nutrition you craves. Recipes will be included. Reservations are suggested. Bring 2 friends and receive a free gift, and an opportunity for a door prize. You can also join the wellness team. For more info, call Linda at 843-424-9586 or email email@example.com. See ad page 27.
AwareMed Moves Inlet Nutrition Holiday Boutique to New Offices and Holiday Digestive Health Social
nlet Nutrition will be holding a Holiday Boutique Nov 3 & 5 from 11:30 am to 1, where you can find the perfect health related gifts for friends, family teachers, and associates. Gifts are priced starting at $6 and include free gift wrapping. Featured gifts include spa skincare products, athletics gifts, nutritional gifts & much more. Join the shopping spree and see what they have to offer. “As a wellness coach, I assist people with adapting healthier lifestyles. I am always amazed at how many people have digestive issues” says Linda Sacchetti, owner. Concerns range from constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and more. Digestive health issues can affect weight, energy, immunity and skin. Holiday foods can challenge sensitive digestion issues. And the average weight
r Dolly Akoury announced the relocation of their offices to 4710 Oleander Drive in Myrtle Beach. The offices are much larger and will be soon including additional associated alternative and wholistic health services. Dr Akoury is a medical doctor offering full medical services, but with the perspective of wholistic health and disease prevention. For more info, call Belinda at Awaremed, 843-4920616 or visit Awaremed.com.
Taking Steps Against Diabetes
ovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a reminder that by taking the necessary steps, many Americans can prevent incurring the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79 million of us have pre-diabetes and may develop diabetes later in life. New research suggests that inactivity, along with an overly refined diet, impairs the body’s control of blood sugar levels and may play a key role in the development of type 2 diabetes. “We now have evidence that physical activity is an important part of the daily maintenance of glucose levels,” advises John Thyfault, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, whose new study monitored the activity levels and diets of healthy and moderately active young adults. He concluded that “even in the short term, reducing daily activity and ceasing regular exercise causes acute changes in the body associated with diabetes, which can occur before weight gain and the development of obesity.” The CDC reports that 25 percent of Americans have inactive lifestyles, taking fewer than 5,000 steps a day, instead of a recommended 10,000 steps. Seventyfive percent do not meet the weekly exercise recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate activity, combined with a muscle-strengthening activity twice a week. While regular exercise is crucial in preventing the disease, so is diet. Research led by scientist Patrice Carter, at the University of Leicester, in England, has found that cutting down on high-fat, high-sugar foods and refined grains while eating more green leafy vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Her study, published online in the British Medical Journal, states that an extra serving of green leafy vegetables a day can reduce the risk of diabetes by 14 percent.
The New Coconut Oil
ost older studies who gave coconut oil a bad rap involved partially hydrogenated oil loaded with trans-fatty acids. But the unrefined virgin coconut oil now available in many health food stores is not chemically treated and is trans-fat free. Marisa Moore, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit organization of nutritionists, explains that the main saturated fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can help increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
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Shop for Gifts in Pleasant Surroundings
ecent research underscores what common sense tells us, that moods, emotions and feelings influence the quality of people’s decisions. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research confirms that when shoppers are in a positive mood, they make quicker and more consistent judgments than unhappy consumers. The study’s authors manipulated participants’ moods by showing them pictures of likable objects (puppies) or unpleasant images (diseased feet) or asking them to recall pleasant or unpleasant events from the past. Next, the participants viewed individual pictures of a common object they might consider buying. Finally, they chose from a random list of evaluative adjectives, both positive and negative. Individuals in a positive state of mind not only responded more quickly to the adjectives, they also responded more consistently. For example, if they reported liking an object, they were less likely to respond later that they disliked it. “These results have implications for how we navigate our world,” the researchers reported. “The decisions we make about liking or disliking objects around us are fundamental to which things we approach and which things we avoid.” The bottom line for retailers: Being aware of and avoiding factors that can induce negative moods—such as abrasive salespeople and unwelcoming shopping environments—can help ring up more sales.
Home Is Where the Healthy Meal Is
ne of the joys of heading home for the holidays is the anticipation of gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying delicious foods. But we do well to indulge in the home-cooked meal experience on non-holidays, as well. Foods prepared away from home, including fast food eaten at home and store-prepared food eaten away from home, tend to fuel an increase in total calorie intake. Conversely, eating at home is linked with healthier choices. According to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, both the eating location and food source significantly impact the daily calorie intake of school-age children and may be linked to rising rates of childhood obesity. The study found that the percentage of calories eaten away from home increased from 23.4 to 33.9 percent from 1977 to 2006. A new study from McGill University, based on data from 160 women, further suggests that a home-cooked meal can prompt people to make healthier and more nutritional food choices. The women in the study tended to reach more for the greens, rather than high-calorie desserts. Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers suggest that when we eat at home, emotionally rewarding factors like contentedness may help override our wired-in preference for high-fat, sugary foods. The findings point to factors that may encourage healthy eating such as interpersonal communication, home design and atmospheric cues, including pleasing music, dining landscape and kitchen equipment; all have all been found to induce positive emotions.
Happier and Healthier at Work
UK study from the University of Exeter confirms good news: Employees who have a say in the design and layout of their workspace are happier and healthier. But thatâ€™s not allâ€” they also become up to 32 percent more productive.
See the Good
eeling happy in an increasingly troubled world can be challenging, but according to a new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, we can evoke more consistent feelings of happiness by holding a positive, nostalgic view of the past and banishing negative thoughts and regrets. San Francisco State University researchers that studied the happiness status of 750 volunteers point out that although we may not be able to change our personality, we can alter our view of a time in our life and thus create happiness. They concluded that savoring happy memories and reframing painful past experiences into positive ones is an effective way to increase overall life satisfaction.
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all. November is Native American Heritage Month NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov lists celebrations.
World’s Coral in Dire Peril The world’s coral reefs are dying. It doesn’t take a trained eye to see the draining of color that results when the corals, stressed by heat due to global warming, expel the algae they rely upon for food that also provides their signature hues. It’s a death knell as well for reef fish. Reefs have always grappled with destructive fishing practices, sediment and nutrient runoff, coral mining, tourism and coastal development. Scientists say the bleaching process is now accelerating. The World Resources Institute reports that nearly three-quarters of all ocean reefs are at risk of extreme degradation, on top of the 20 percent already lost or damaged beyond repair. Oceanographers think that all reefs will be at risk by 2050 because of increasingly acidified seas, the result of increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Coral reefs, covering less than 1 percent of the ocean floor, harbor 25 percent of the ocean’s biodiversity and are home to more than 4,000 species of fish. In developing countries, reefs account for nearly 25 percent of all fishing areas, feeding millions of people. Scientists stress that it is more important than ever to control manmade factors such as overfishing and pollution to aid in corals’ survival. Sources: The New York Times and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Global Warming Releases Imprisoned Poisons During the industrial boom of the last half of the 20th century, thousands of manmade chemicals were created. Used in consumer products, pest control and crop production, they have also proved deadly, causing and contributing to cancers, birth defects and other health crises. Once the connection was scientifically proven, the international community restricted or banned the use of 12 pollutants, including DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), at the 2001 Stockholm Convention on POPs, or persistent organic pollutants (Tinyurl.com/3sa2v47). This group of the world’s most toxic compounds takes decades to degrade, gradually accumulating in the fatty tissues of humans and wildlife. Initially, climatic forces helped to limit the reach and impact of the chemicals in places like the Arctic, where POPs trapped in snow, soil and oceans were capped by sea ice, and atmospheric levels of the toxic substances monitored by Canada and Norway have steadily declined during the past decade. Scientists at the Canadian environmental agency, Environment Canada, think that global warming is reversing the downward trend. They found that as the planet warms, sea ice and snow continue to melt and the pollutants, called legacy POPs, are being released back into the atmosphere with potential worldwide effects. Once airborne, POPs can ride wind and ocean currents to as far as Latin America and Africa. It also undermines international treaties regarding human exposure to high-risk toxins. Source: SolveClimateNews.com.
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Loan Alternatives Emerging Worldwide
Borrowing from a bank has traditionally been a slow, bureaucratic process, often off-limits to people outside the wage-and-salary mainstream, whether they’re starting a business or getting back on their feet. Over the centuries, groups of people have organized various styles of societal credit arrangements to address these shortcomings. Today’s credit union, a co-operative, community-based banking model, still thrives. In the past 30 years, the rise of microcredit has been providing small loans to people around the world that have no access to traditional banks or could not meet banking industry requirements. More recently, the combination of microfinance and online social networking has resulted in a new phenomenon: peer-to-peer lending, or social lending. Today, more than a dozen websites connect borrowers and lenders without using banks as middlemen. The economic advantage of such peerto-peer lending extends to attractive interest rates for borrowers; often half that of Visa or MasterCard. LendingClub.com has surpassed $1 billion in such loans. “Interest rates turn a charitable relationship into a business relationship,” notes Matt Flannery, who founded the online micro-lender Kiva.org in 2005. “That empowers the poor by making them business partners.” Kiva lenders don’t earn interest on their loans, but the underlying micro-lenders that administer the loans in their countries do. Sources: Ode magazine, MainStreet. com.
Community Currency Private Mints on the Upswing
A local currency movement is again emerging as a way to focus business capital, especially consumer spending, on community economies. BerkShares illustrate the phenomenon. First issued in 2006 in the southern Berkshires region of Massachusetts, more than 2 million of these paper notes are currently in circulation. One hundred BerkShares can be purchased for $95 at one of five local banks and exchanged at participating merchants with the same purchasing value as US dollars. The program provides consumers an incentive to keep the notes active and shop and dine locally in the 400 neighborhood businesses that accept them. “At the moment, we’re a very sophisticated ‘buy local’ program,” says Susan Witt, co-founder and administrator of BerkShares, Inc., “but the potential to move to an independent currency is built in.” Networking is key. Some local currency success stories include New York’s Ithaca Hours, North Carolina’s Plenty and Wisconsin’s Madison Hours, but others have not survived, despite sometimes extensive marketing support. BerkShares continue to represent a relatively small part of the region’s local economy. Witt says: “In the short term, it’s about educating people about local economies. In the long term, it’s transforming the institution of money. We’re not there yet. But everyone knows what BerkShares are.” Source: Adapted from E/The Environmental Magazine.
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A Powerful Plaything Two Harvard undergraduate students, Julia Silverman and Jessica Matthews, have come up with a way to harness the kinetic energy of a moving soccer ball and store it as electric current in a battery inside the ball. The invention, called sOccket, collects enough energy in 15 minutes of play to power a typical LED lamp for three hours. The device sports its own power outlet to retrieve the juice inside. Today’s sOccket is designed to last for a year or longer; researchers are studying its larger potential. Source: CleanTechnica.com.
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oday, Americans can tap into one of the best bargains around by voting to support our local and regional economies. By shifting our shopping to locally owned and operated retailers and service providers, we help create and retain area jobs, support community commerce and build valuable relationships and social connections within our community. With every local purchase, we leave the store enriched, having deepened both community social capital and genuine wealth. Imagine the joy of knowing that your purchase contributes to the dentist supplying braces for the local grocer’s kids, the local insurance agent’s mortgage payment, the local banker’s roof repair and the local roofer’s dinner— all of them friends and neighbors. The list of benefits—from shoring up local home values to ensuring access to local produce—keeps expanding as your dollars continue to circulate within the community. Yet, finding a fuller range of locally made items at locally owned stores will continue to be challeng-
ing until shoppers demand it. One way to begin aligning purchases with your values is by patronizing stores that offer socially responsible and fair trade items. Shaktari Belew, author of Honoring All Life: A Practical Guide to Exploring a New Reality, explains how purchasing goods and services can actually create local community wealth for all if they are specifically designed for that outcome. “When items are designed to be created and sold locally, everyone involved benefits, from the suppliers that obtain the raw materials through those that manufacture, sell and buy the finished item. Even the environment benefits.” Belew encourages our learning as much as possible about purchases. “Once people are aware of the two vital
concepts of localization and design, they will be better able to scrutinize purchases,” advises this designer and whole-systems thinker who focuses on resilient community design. As a TransitionUS.org workshop leader and one of the primary designers of the Community Engagement Process for Unified Field Corporation’s whole-systems/ quadruple bottom line financial model, this Oregon resident tries to follow her own advice. “The Cradle to Cradle C2C certification helps,” she says. The C2C program is an eco-label authorized by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, co-founded in 1995 by William McDonough, the author of Cradle to Cradle. The certification process assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment, plus its potential for future life cycles. The program focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled for another purpose or composted as biological nutrients. To date, hundreds of items, from building materials, bedding and linens,
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baby care and hair care products to personal and household cleaning products, have been C2C certified. If you plan to ship gifts long distances this gift-giving season, why not use the first C2C-certified consumer product—a US Postal Service packing box? It exemplifies how a complex good design makes a product people and planet friendly. All 60 of the product’s boxes, decals and labels, involving 1,400 component materials, had to be certified, but the benefits are big: reduced costs for handling waste and disposing of hazardous materials; plus, the receiver may easily recycle the item with a free conscience. “Imagine a closed-loop market system in which any number of items made from finite resources such as glass, paper, steel, plastic and cloth are designed to be reused in a near-endless cycle,” says Belew. “Imagine a world of goods designed for easy repair and maintenance, rather than obsolescence.” Belew, the designer of Will’s Bills, a form of complementary currency, also recommends buying items that have long-term reusability specific to our needs. “My daughter loves a particular curry sauce, which comes in a little glass jar with a screw-top lid,” she relates. Rather than recycle the jars, the family reuses them for storing small things at home. “They’re also the perfect size for single servings,” she says. Sometimes, just a simple shift in perspective can change an item from trash to treasure. Linda Sechrist is an editor of Natural Awakenings community magazines.
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Economics of Happiness:
The New Economy
Changing the Rules to Benefit America’s People
by John de Graaf and Linda Sechrist
Most Americans are facing their most significant economic challenges in generations. From the hardships of unemployment to the perils of mounting debt, worry about the health of a national economy that depends on consumerism and market success dominates our conversation. But have we asked what the economy is really for?
ince the Second World War, we have been assured that more economic growth is good for us. But is it? By any measure, the US economy, in its pursuit of constant growth, is in dire need of critical life support. Too many people have lost jobs, homes, scholarships and retirement savings, along with peace of mind, in the face of complex uncertainties. Those individuals who have jobs are earning less in real income than in 2001, even though they spend more hours working and commuting than previous generations. We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why
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not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? To do all this, we need fresh solutions that engage America’s people in redefining goals for the economy (what we want from it) as opposed to the economy’s goals (what it demands from us).
An Economy Based on Quality of Life
Although an economy based on a high quality of life that makes people happy may sound revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a human right when he drafted our Declaration of Independence. Jefferson emphasized
that America’s government was “to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible for the general mass of those associated under it.” Likewise, the Constitution of the United States declares that government is to promote, among other things, the general welfare of the people. Americans are able to achieve a better life, as we’ve proved many times in the past, benefiting mightily as a result of forward steps ranging from democracy, women’s suffrage and civil rights to inventive technological leadership. Although history shows that this has been accomplished primarily by changing national policies, any new economy delivering improved well-being is first brought about largely by active citizens that choose to invest more time in building a nation that reflects increasingly enlightened values. Everyone’s quality of life—from today’s parents to future generations of great-grandchildren—depends upon individuals collectively working to build a new economy based on the concept of genuine wealth. In his award-winning book, Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, ecological economist Mark Anielski explains this new and practical approach grounded in what people value most, which he states is: “Love, meaningful relationships, happiness, joy, freedom, sufficiency, justice and peace”—qualities of life far more vital than blind economic growth and material possessions.
Preferred Measure of Progress
To determine whether our economy promotes the greatest good or the happiness of the American people, we need to understand what makes us happy and how economic policies enhance or thwart our pursuit of happiness; we also need a better instrument of economic measurement than the gross domestic product (GDP). The GDP counts remedial and defensive expenditures for pollution, accidents, war, crime and sickness as positives, rather than deducting
these costs. GDP also discounts the value of contributions such as natural resources and ecosystem services, improvement in quality of life, unpaid domestic work, volunteer work, good health and social connection. Anielski, in concert with economic experts such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economy, Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, recommends that economic policies aim to boost societal welfare, rather than GDP. All agree that a new indicator of well-being, such as the US Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), could be used to more accurately measure economic progress.
The Science of Happiness
A respected “science of happiness,” pioneered by University of Illinois positive psychologist Edward Diener, PhD, dubbed Dr. Happiness, and other researchers, has existed for more than a decade. The study of what makes people happy and life fulfilling repeatedly demonstrates that the economic route to happiness does not consist of
endlessly widening the superhighway of accumulation. Rather, it resides in a host of personal values that are closer to our hearts, as illustrated by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (population: about 700,000). For many years, Bhutan has measured its general well-being—as the people themselves subjectively report it—using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Its government bases policy decisions on how they might effect the kind of happiness associated with contentment, family, community, spirituality, education, compatibility with nature and good physical health. After years of primary research, the Bhutanese have identified nine domains for assessing happiness: psychological well-being, physical health, time use (work-life balance), community vitality and social connection, education, cultural preservation and diversity, environmental sustainability, good governance and material wellbeing. In 2004, the first annual International Conference on Gross National Happiness was held in Bhutan. Hun-
dreds of government representatives, scholars and other thought leaders from more than 40 nations gathered to explore the possibility of making GNH the true indicator of a country’s health and quality of life. As of 2011, a non-binding resolution by the United Nations General Assembly urges that countries now measure their health and happiness, as well as wealth. Sixty-six countries backed it.
Measuring Americans’ Life Satisfaction
Seattle, WA, the first US city to implement a measurement of life satisfaction, is parlaying Bhutan’s indicators— psychological well-being, physical health, work/time balance, education and capacity building, cultural vitality and access to arts and culture, environmental quality and access to nature, apt governance and material wellbeing—as part of its own Sustainable Seattle Happiness Initiative. Spearheaded by Sustainable Seattle Executive Director Laura Musikanski and her team with encouragement by City
Tools to Navigate the New Economy New Economics Foundation: The Great Transition NewEconomics.org Browse NewEconomics.org/sites/ neweconomics.org/files/Great_ Transition_0.pdf. This independent think-and-do-tank inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth GenuineWealth.net Author Mark Anielski maps how to measure genuine wealth and create flourishing economies grounded in people’s well-being. Transition United States: Transition Towns TransitionUS.org Participants in this vibrant, grassroots movement seek to build community resilience in the face of challenges such as high oil prices, climate change and economic crises. Sustainable Seattle: The Happiness Initiative SustainableSeattle.org Founders provide tools to comprehensively assess well-being, involve citizens and inspire people, organizations and policymakers to take action. World Café: Real Conversations for a Better World TheWorldCafe.org This application of powerful social technology helps engage people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to society’s fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection. Living Economies Forum: Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth LivingEconomiesForum.org “The old economy of greed and domination is dying. A new economy of life and partnership is struggling to be born. The outcome is ours to choose.” ~ Author David Korten
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Council President Richard Conlin, it may become America’s first GNH city. Initial survey results, intended to spark conversations that matter, will be discussed at future town meetings in Seattle neighborhoods and used to recommend policies for consideration by the city council. Repeating the survey every couple of years will reveal progress. Interest in a similar Happiness Initiative is growing in cities and towns from coast to coast, such as Napa, CA; Bowling Green, KY; Duluth, MN; Santa Fe and Roswell, NM; Bellevue, NE; Portland, OR; and Eau Claire, WI. Some 100 colleges and universities also are beginning to apply the Happiness Initiative survey.
How to Become Happier
To improve our own well-being within any economy, we need to attend to our security, social connections and the way we balance our time. Choosing to live with less stuff and lighter debt supports a better life with less income but more time, lower stress and better health. As individuals, we can: n Focus more on matters of family and community and on building trust. n Devote less attention to maximizing incomes and more attention to acts of generosity. n Ask our employers for more time off instead of higher pay. In our local communities, we can find ways to design more relationshipfriendly places such as farmers’ markets, where shoppers tend to engage in many more conversations than in supermarket aisles (Worldwatch Institute). In cities, we can call for public and private spaces that facilitate social connection, instead of discouraging it via urban sprawl. Ecological economist Dave Batker, co-author of What’s the Economy for Anyway? (film clip at Tinyurl. com/3tc9dlk), believes that moving forward requires greater citizen involvement in the shaping of democracy, laws and our collective future. By ditching pundits and talking with neighbors, city by city and town by town, citizens throughout the United
States are moving to do this using newly learned techniques such as those offered by Open Space Technology, World Café, Transition Towns, Sustainable Cities, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Worldview Literacy Project. In St. Petersburg, FL, Oklahoma City, OK, and other places, citizens are cultivating a stronger sense of community with real discussions about local issues and economic goals. They aim to arrive at a clear-eyed view of what citizens really want from the economy. In St. Petersburg, the culmination of Sharon Joy Kleitsch’s 10-year effort to build a flourishing community through helpful workshops on timely subjects, meaningful conversations and aligning constructive partnerships is reaching a crescendo this month at Beyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics, and Education, the Institute of Florida Studies’ 36th annual conference, at Hillsborough Community College (Tinyurl.com/3avntte). Kleitsch remarks, “I show up, pay attention and listen for opportunities where my connections with policy makers, educators, nonprofits and community activists can help convene people in meaningful conversations that can make a difference in building a resilient community.” In Oklahoma City, Sustainable OKC, a volunteer organization working towards community sustainability at the crossroads of business, environ-
ment and social justice, frequently partners with the city’s Office of Sustainability, the CommonWealth Urban Farms project and the Oklahoma Food Cooperative (Sustainableokc.org). The grassroots organization advocates shopping locally and sustainably. Jennifer Alig, Sustainable OKC president, is consistently delighted by the growing number of residents that don’t just attend events such as movie screenings of The Economics of Happiness, but also show up to plant food to feed the hungry and join Commonwealth Urban Farms work parties to feed neighborhoods using the products of thriving urban farms on vacant city lots. Alig notes, “After events, we sometimes use Open Space Technology to talk about topics that people are passionate about and willing to invest their time in.” The kind of society that makes for health, happiness, true prosperity and sustainability is one with strong local economies and flourishing communities that includes many activities provided by local nonprofits. It’s one characterized by: n Local small businesses and banking n Farmers’ markets and urban gardens n Urban designs that favor shared walks instead of isolated commutes n Public spaces for social interaction n Circumstances in which buyers know sellers n Businesspeople who sponsor and volunteer for local activities n Salary differences that are not vast n Citizens building a better world together We intuitively know what is required to create such a society, starting in our own community. What we need is the determination to make sure the economy serves us; rules that benefit all of the people; a commitment to widespread quality of life, social justice and sustainability; and the political will to make good change happen. John de Graaf, media and outreach director for the Happiness Initiative, speaks nationally on overwork and
We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? overconsumption in America. He recently co-authored What’s the Economy for, Anyway? – Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness, with David Batker. He is also co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Fifteen of his documentaries have aired on PBS. Linda Sechrist writes and edits for Natural Awakenings.
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Our Worst Fitness Habits Six Roadblocks to Sidestep by Tosca Reno
e all know that working out is beneficial. But how you work out makes all the difference in staying safe, seeing better results and keeping your body balanced. Here’s how to make sure you aren’t sabotaging a good workout.
Bad form. Correct form is your safety net. Once you compromise the way you do a move, you’re no longer getting the greatest benefits from the exercise, and you’re seriously increasing your risk of getting hurt. Even if it means, for example, lightening up the amount of resistance,
follow the correct form for the best results.
Overtraining. Don’t expect that you are going to dive right in and pound your body into its best shape ever overnight. Not only will this all-or-nothing approach cause burnout, but you also risk injury and will give up on yourself, because this is an unreasonable expectation. Instead, you need to gradually build up your muscles so they get the most effective and efficient workout possible. More doesn’t always mean better, faster results. Remember, rest is
good for the body. Take days off between training to repair and rebuild or if you’re training daily, don’t work the same muscle groups back to back.
Undertraining. Once you’re dressed and ready to sweat, commit to giving it your all for the next 30 to 60 minutes. Just going through the motions doesn’t do much for the body and makes it easy for boredom to creep in. You owe this time to yourself—you deserve it—so make sure you give it your all.
Daydreaming. You can develop a laser-sharp focus by actively involving your mind in every pose, set, rep and step—thinking about how your body moves, how the muscles engage, which muscle or muscles you’re using and correct form. Mindfulness adds up to a better workout and faster results. So forget about the laundry, the kids’ schedules and that afternoon conference call, turn off the TV and stay 100 percent in the moment.
Staying with a few exercises you know. Your muscles love being challenged, so if you just stick to the same routine, they’ll eventually adapt and won’t have to work as hard to do the same moves. But if you change the exercises and even the order you do them in, you ensure that muscles don’t get too efficient with any single routine. Not only is this better for toning, but it also helps your mind stay focused and engaged.
Holding your breath. Regular steady breathing has many benefits: Proper inhalations and exhalations can help you power through moves, keep lactic acid (a byproduct that builds up in the muscles during exertion) at bay and help maintain a steady heart rate. A full breath delivers the maximum amount of oxygen to the blood, which in turn delivers more energy to the working muscles. Tosca Reno is the co-author of Your Best Body Now, excerpted here with permission from Harlequin Books S.A.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU Mood-Boosting Health Tips by Kim Childs
appy though they can be, the holidays can leave some folks feeling overstuffed, overcommitted and especially in colder regions, grappling with winter blues. The good news is that the holiday season can be a happier and healthier time with a few strategies, supplements and herbs in hand.
Eat, Drink… and be Mindful
“Many of us get down during the dark winter months, so we fight the darkness with festivities and foods that we think will pick us up,” says nutritionist Judith Mabel, PhD, of Brookline, MA. “But most holiday foods don’t succeed because like alcohol, they bring your mood up briefly and then bring it down.” During the holidays, Mabel advises her clients to keep exercising for better brain function and mood, to avoid sugar when possible and to reduce hunger before parties by eating snacks like nuts, seeds, fruit and cheese or soup. “It’s also important to eat a high-fiber, low-glycemic breakfast in the morning such as eggs, whole grain cereals or yogurt,” adds Mabel. “That keeps you from consuming too many calories during the day.” Mabel recommends bringing healthy offerings to gatherings, like hummus or eggplant dip with whole
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grain crackers or a platter of crudités. “If you are going to splurge, dark chocolate that is at least 60 percent cocoa is a good choice,” she says. “It can lower blood sugar and it has healthy flavonoids and theobromine, which is a mood booster. It does have some caffeine, however, so be aware if you are sensitive.” To counteract wintertime vitamin D deficiency, which is linked to depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Mabel suggests Vitamin D3 supplementation in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily. Fish oils and B vitamins also make her list of mood boosters year-round.
When it comes to managing stressful situations, Bonnie Rogers, a clinical herbalist in Briarcliff, NY, recommends a natural approach to calm nerves. “Nettles help to balance the adrenals,” she says. “It’s a tonic herb that you could use every day of your life, and it delivers calcium to your system.” Rogers recommends covering ½ to ¾ cup of loose nettles with boiling water in a jar and letting the herbs “drink” a bit before topping them off with more boiling water. Allow the mixture to sit for at least four hours (or overnight) to release the vitamins and minerals, and then strain the tea and drink it cold or hot, storing leftovers in
the refrigerator. “In the winter, I add a tablespoon of elderberries, which are antiviral,” says Rogers. “Sometimes I also add a quarter cup of oat straw, which helps to balance the nervous system; letting the mixture steep releases its magnesium, which relaxes the body.” Rose petal tea can be a quick fix for anxiety, notes Rogers, who also likes rose glycerite from a dropper bottle. “I often give my herbal students a drop without telling them what it is,” Rogers reports. “When I ask them what it feels like, almost everybody says, ‘I feel like my shoulders relaxed and my heart opened.’” Motherwort tincture is another aid for reducing anxiety, she adds, and skullcap helps with insomnia and racing thoughts. For those coping with SAD but not on medication, Rogers suggests a combination of St. John’s Wort and lemon balm. “A simple lemon balm tea is wonderfully relaxing, and it helps with digestion.” Rogers adds that tulsi, the ayurvedic name for holy basil, also helps the body to manage stress and comes in tea bags for convenience.
Keep Sleep, Water on the Holiday List
Getting adequate sleep during the holidays is essential to fortifying the body and keeping the mind clear, says Dillan DiGiovanni, a certified wholistic health coach in Somerville, MA. “It helps everything. More sleep equals greater energy and less need for caffeine and sugar.” DiGiovanni adds that a glass of warm water with lemon juice in the morning can lift fatigue and irritability, while cleansing the digestive organs. “Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day helps with detoxification yearround,” she says, “and it curbs appetite during a season of overindulgence.” DiGiovanni further counsels people to limit alcohol, a depressant that disrupts sleep and dehydrates the body, and to guard against holiday overspending and overcommitting in the name of fun. Kim Childs is a writer in Boston. Connect at KimChilds.com.
kindness and good manners, especially when civility seems in short supply.
Smile! When you answer the phone, put a smile on your face and in your voice. Welcome people into your life, even if it’s just for that moment. Allow them to feel your warmth. When you catch yourself frowning with concentration during a task, pause to lift your brows, pull back your face and smile!
Steps to Abundance
Carolyn Blakeslee publishes the North Central Florida edition of Natural Awakenings (NaturalAwakeningsncfl. com).
by Carolyn Blakeslee Make a list of what you desire. List your desires—not wants or needs, which imply lack of, rather than abundance of, something. By saying/thinking/writing, “I desire [this] or something even better now manifesting for the good of all concerned,” you create room for even greater possibilities. Remember a situation of abundance. If you catch yourself wallowing in a bad memory or engaging in “stinkin’ thinkin’,” call up a contrasting memory in which you felt rich, beautiful, accomplished, capable—whatever state of being you desire. Align with your passions. By taking even a small step toward a passion or goal that nurtures you, you will feel cleaner, clearer and more energetic, thus opening the way for progress. God has a plan for your life and His deep desire for His creation—you—is for you to flourish. Look forward. List your most cherished dreams and immediate intentions. Better yet, pull pictures from a past happy time and cut out magazine pictures that represent the good things you desire in your future, and then paste them in a journal or on a poster board to refer to during moments of reflection. Streamline your life continually. Let go of situations and clutter that don’t support your aspirations. Spend time with positive people. Don’t believe naysayers. You are work-
ing to overcome your own limiting beliefs, so why listen to anyone else’s self-limiting negativity? Step away with kindness. Select news sources carefully and set a time limit. Read only thoughtful, responsible journalism, which doesn’t include most TV news. You’ll avoid wasting time on nasty stories that engender negative feelings and harmful physiological responses. You’ll feel better for it.
Don’t forget to love
yourself. ~Soren Kierkegaard
Have the proverbial “attitude of gratitude.” Count your blessings. Think often of all the good in your life. Say “Thank you,” more than once a day. Contemplate the areas of your life that are working well; take those skills and apply them to what you would like to improve. Express gratitude. Thank others frequently, with thank-you cards, expressive emails, gestures of encouragement and smiles. People always appreciate
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Empower Local Businesses to Strengthen Local Economies Success Tips from Advocate Michelle Long by Brian Clark Howard
ichelle Long is the executive director of the Bellingham, Washington-based Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). The fast-growing network aims to empower local businesses with their financial goals while they actively contribute to healthier communities and a cleaner environment. Their triple bottom line is people, the planet and profit. BALLE represents 22,000 independent businesses in 30 states and Canadian provinces. By serving as an information clearinghouse and support center, BALLE is proving that no business is too small to make a difference.
Why is it important to foster local economies? Locally based activity is where we are seeing real prosperity. Today, as we face economic, community and ecological crises, we see bright spots where local businesses are working together to build strong, healthy local economies.
How can local businesses positively affect their communities and the environment? There is a natural accountability when business owners live with the impacts of their decisions, instead of from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Local supply chains also
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reduce carbon impacts by decreasing transport time.
Why is it vital to foster new strategies and support networks for local businesses? Small businesses are stronger together than they are alone. Working in collaboration, business people enjoy enhanced powers of communication and networking, including opportunities to save on smart, shared purchasing. They often support each other through learning, mentoring and even investing in each other’s businesses.
How does investing money locally, or community capital, help? This aspect is a critical component of a healthy community economy, because too often, when we put our money into something like a mutual fund, we don’t know the impact and how much harm is coming from it. Community capital, investing locally, is much more personal and direct; it can help ensure we’re bringing about changes we want, such as resilient communities and local food supplies. Just going for impersonal financial returns isn’t working. More local banks are innovating in this area. One example is One Pacific Coast Bank, in the Northwest. New kinds of investment clubs also are coming on line.
Which examples illustrate how businesses are thriving as a result of new local models? Several local manufacturing groups spoke of their results at BALLE’s 2011 annual conference. Examples include SF (San Francisco) Made and Made in Newark. These nonprofits build a regional economic base by developing a sustainable and diverse local manufacturing sector. In Philadelphia, the apparel boutique Sa Va uses local materials in every detail, down to people growing plants for dye in vacant lots. The city has granted the shop tax breaks in acknowledgment that it creates jobs and supports other local businesses.
Which examples illustrate how businesses have reinvented themselves based on new local models? After attending a BALLE conference, the president of T-shirt maker TS Designs launched steps to localize the entire supply chain to enhance its push for social and ecological sustainability. Typically, a tee travels 16,000 miles before you put it on, but TS now collaborates with North Carolina farmers, cotton ginners and others to go from “dirt to shirt” in 750 miles.
What challenges loom for local business efforts, and how can they be overcome? One of the biggest hurdles is that many people are innovating, but they are going it alone. BALLE connects businesses to other people, ideas and resources so they can learn from each other and not have to start from scratch. Another barrier is financing. We have started to bring together pioneering philanthropists that put a little funding in to create the conditions for businesses to proceed from there. The Cleveland Foundation, for example, recently helped seed a worker-owned laundry co-op. Most economic development subsidies still favor large corporations rather than local businesses, but some shift when they see studies like those from Civic Economics, proving that the cost per new job is much cheaper by catalyzing and growing local business. In Phoenix, a study by BALLE network’s Local First Arizona showed how the state gets more high-paying jobs with benefits from a local
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office supply company, Wist Office Products, than from a big box store. Wist also spends more money locally for services ranging from graphic design to legal assistance, and donates more to local charities. In all, the study found that on a $5 million state contract, Arizona was losing half a million annually in economic leakage by doing business with a nonlocal competitor. As a result, the city of Phoenix changed its procurement rules and now buys local. Brian Clark Howard is a multimedia journalist and the coauthor of Green Lighting, Geothermal HVAC and Build Your Own Wind Power System. Connect at BrianClarkHoward.com.
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Eating Out? EAT GREEN Eco-Friendly Restaurants Serve Up Sustainability by Sandra Murphy
ating green isn’t limited to salads. It means that sustainable thinking goes into a meal at every stage, from the use of local ingredients and energy savings to recycling and composting waste. Delicious food, served thoughtfully, is the goal of today’s environmentally conscious restaurant. Look first to local momand-pop eateries that are doing it right, but there are some chains worth considering, as well. With more than 25 million cups of wake-up java sold each day, coffee shops have a perfect opportunity to start a good day by example. California-based Green Café Network consults with owners and baristas to reduce the environmental impact of member shops. Efficient equipment, biodegradable cups and renewable products for flooring and tables make the coffee house experience more sustainable, especially when buyers select shade-grown, organic, free-trade beans. Starbucks Corporation has taken it all a step further by designing a precertified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) prototype store. It features recycled floor tiles, reduced lighting and lower water usage and air
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conditioning set three degrees higher than usual. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes offers fresh-tossed salads, made-fromscratch soups and hot or cold desserts in their 120 restaurants, where vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items are offered daily. Reclaimed recyclables come back as takeout containers, towels and napkins. Materials sent out for recycling include glass, paper, aluminum and cardboard. Even garbage is given a new role as part of a chainwide composting program. Tankless water heaters are in, while traditional systems are out, and cleaning products are all Green Seal certified. At Chipotle Mexican Grill, “It’s not just a burrito, it’s a foil-wrapped, handcrafted, local farm-supporting, food culture-changing cylinder of deliciousness,” states the company’s website. In 2010, Chipotle served about 5 million pounds of local farm produce through its 1,000 mostly North American stores. The company-wide 2011 goal is 10 million pounds. Inside those burritos, 40 percent of the beans are certified organic, resulting in 140,000 fewer pounds of pesticide added to the soil. The romaine lettuce, bell peppers, jalapeño, red onions, oregano and tomatoes come from family-owned farms. California patrons also enjoy locally grown lemons and avocados. Chipotle produce typically travels no more than 300 miles to its distribution centers. Short travel time means less fuel burned and fewer greenhouse gases plus fresher, more nutritious food on the plate than what less eco-conscious restaurants provide. “The environment is the basis of our business; we try to be green in everything,” explains Mike Vroman, a store manager in the St. Louis area. So, for example, “most of the beef we serve in this area is either from Missouri or Kansas. Even our uniforms are 100 percent organic cotton.” Because restaurants draw their highest levels of electricity when community demand peaks, Chipotle installed solar panels on 75 of its Texas restaurants, while a wind turbine provides electricity at the Gurnee, IL, site,
reducing midday drain on the grid. The Gurnee site is the first restaurant ever to receive the superior Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. Is it possible to operate a restaurant without a dishwasher, range, hood or oven? Yes, if bowls, straws, cutlery, chopsticks and cups are made from corn or potato starch. Freshii meals are created in biodegradable, all-natural, food-safe bags. Custom made, the bags leave a carbon footprint five to seven times smaller than the most energyefficient dishwasher. Everything taken from the store will readily biodegrade or is easy to recycle. Even store size is a factor. Freshii founder Matthew Corrin notes, “As we grow, our stores are built smaller, to use less materials, to use greener materials, to consume less energy, to take less from this Earth.” Some Freshii stores are super-efficient, encompassing just 150 square feet. If a burger, fries and shake dinner evokes guilty pleasure, EVOS removes both the guilt and grease, leaving only pleasurable flavor. The restaurant’s trademark Airfries are better for more than just folks’ arteries. “Our potatoes are air-fried at a high temperature,” explains Jackie Macaluso, community ambassador for EVOS, “so we have no used and reused vats of grease to discard.”
Less noticeable eco-bonuses include zero-VOC paint and flooring, made from sustainable, eco-friendly, raw materials like wood flour, linseed oil, rosin, jute fiber and limestone. The company’s Southeast US locations work to raise awareness that even comfort foods can be greener, healthier and still taste good, and to teach children about healthier eating habits. Of course, there’s usually a Subway Restaurant around the corner. Long committed to serving fresh food fast, the company recently announced its new LEED-certified eco-edition. With 35,000 franchises in 98 countries, small changes add up to big blessings for the Earth. The most important thing we can do to go green is to eat green every day. It serves up the most bang for the buck in healthy sustainability. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
The Grand Strand’s Top 10 Most Healthy Restaurants by Judi Burton
even gives wine bottles to the local art company Groovy Green Glass. The managers post their utility bills for their employees to see, so that they’ll be inspired to keep the costs down. A wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free dishes are available, and they will even separate the egg whites for you. Speaking of eggs, theirs comes from Loris, and their crabmeat is also local. The bread, which comes from Benjamin’s Bakery, is made fresh daily, and they can make anything allergy free, except for nuts. (They use a lot of peanut butter and the chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella.) The prices are very low, and the atmosphere is bright and cheery. Favorite dish: Green Eggs and Ham, which includes ham, eggs, pesto, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, $6.50. Tell them Natural Awakenings sent you. Facebook: Lulu’s Café Myrtle Beach; 1903 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach; 843-712-1890.
yrtle Beach has an unbelievable number of restaurants that cater to the tastes and whims of the typical beach tourist. However, it is difficult to find a variety of options for the picky eater looking for healthfulness or special needs. Natural Awakenings has compiled a list of our favorite local healthy eateries to inspire you to support these establishments that “get it.” The criteria we looked for when we made our selection include sustainability; buying local; serving whole farm-raised foods; and offering choices for the vegan, vegetarian, dieting, gluten free and allergic diner. Not to mention, the food served at these fine venues is out-of-this-world delicious.
Finally, a dessert place that won’t make you feel guilty. Located at Broadway at the Beach, this recently opened frozen yogurt paradise offers only lowfat or nonfat choices that are simply delightful. You can make your own combination of active culture frozen yogurt, like “Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie,” “Skinny Vanilla” or “Peanut Butter and Skinny Chocolate.” Mention Natural Awakenings and get your first 4 ounces at the unbeatable price of “free.” Trust me, that’s all it will take to get you hooked. FroyozUSA.com; 1316 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach; 843-444-COOL.
Bombay at the Beach
Indians believe cows are sacred, so you won’t find any “holy cows” on the menu; but you will find lamb, goat, chicken and seafood. The smell of curry permeates the entire neighborhood and pulls you in by your nose. A white tablecloth setting might intimidate the low-budget eater, but it shouldn’t. The prices are very reasonable for the high quality of food and service. There are plenty of dishes for vegetarians and vegans, and there is a buffet as well. 702 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; 843-444-9090. Their menu can be found on Urbanspoon.com.
This breakfast, lunch and dinner café boasts an unobstructed view of the beach in a brand new energy-efficient building. Lulu’s recycles boxes and plastics, and 30
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This place is fun and full of alternative food for picky eaters. You can get a huge pizza, like the new Holy Shitake Pie, which has three different types of mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, black truffle oil, Montamore and mozzarella cheese; or if you’re not that hungry, maybe just a half tempeh hoagie with marinated and grilled tempeh on fresh bread and grilled mushrooms, onions, green peppers, pesto mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and
sprouts. Huge selections of craft beers are available and the entire inside of the restaurant is nonsmoking. Mellow Mushroom also does a lot of charities every year for children. Roger Chestnut, the general manager, says, “We hear you loud and clear and want you to know we have gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and allergy-free options for people who have food restrictions.” Mention Natural Awakenings and get 10 percent off your next meal. MellowMushroom.com; 1571 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach; 843-444-1122.
yogurts and hard-to-find halal meat, which is the Moslem equivalent of kosher meat—meaning the animals were raised and killed humanely, and have not been given antibiotics or hormones. Pickled radishes refresh your palate after your meal. Before leaving, check out other hard-to-find items like olive oil soap, dried fruits, Turkish coffee and dried mint leaves for tea. Tell them Natural Awakenings sent you. 3310 Waccamaw Blvd, Myrtle Beach; 843-236-0150.
Urbanspoon has rated this small pizza shack the number one pizza place in South Carolina for many months. It is well deserved. Linn and Stefan Wisikoski run their little slice of heaven with love, and you can taste it in the food. This restaurant has certified humanely raised beef, kept without using antibiotics or hormones. All of the food is made in-house including the salad dressings and the fresh bread. They boast that there is absolutely zero chemical additives or preservatives in their food. The artisan pizzas are phenomenal, and they hold the title for the best burger I’ve ever eaten. All of the food is made to order. Mention Natural Awakenings and get a free cannoli with the purchase of two entrees. TheHumbleCrumb.com; 2521 Highmarket St, Georgetown; 843-546-7090.
Most people who have never been inside this establishment think it’s just a health food market, but the truth is a large portion of Bay Naturals is a deli—and a very good one at that. Grab a Natural Awakenings and sit down at one of the inside or outside tables for a delightful curry chicken salad sandwich, complete with lettuce, tomatoes and sprouts—all preservative and antibiotic free, no added hormones—with a side of quinoa and an organic iced tea. Top off your lunch with a shot of wheatgrass for a healthy oxygen boost that will keep you going for the rest of the day. There are options for everyone, and most of the choices are organic. Bay Naturals is now serving breakfast, too, much to the delight of its fiercely loyal customers who eat there every day. BayNaturalsc.com;7611 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; 843-448-0011. See ad, back page.
Habibi’s Café and Lebanese Market
As you walk in, you’ll be pleasantly greeted by smells like saffron and spices; and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a market in Morocco. Huge jars of stuffed grape leaves and tahini sauce line the shelves as you make your way to the counter. The menu is brief, but everything is made to order and extremely yummy. A veggie plate with falafels and baba ganoush is brought to your table as you decide which aloe juice you want to imbibe with your meal at the drink cooler. The cooler next to it has Greek
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Perrone’s Gourmet Market, Café and Wine Bar This restaurant has just reopened after a very long year of a move and renovations. The once tiny establishment is now a grand 3,000 square feet. The menu looks like it’s straight from the Bravo TV show Top Chef. For instance, there is an entire portion devoted just to eggs, titled “Sexy Eggs.” These “ain’t yo’ momma’s eggs.” Here is a taste: Raviolo al Uovo—Each enormous raviolo houses a whole, soft egg yolk, along with a ricotta and spinach filling; cut it open, just like sliding your fork into a perfectly poached egg, and the yolk oozes out joining the pool of browned truffle butter, Parmigiano and shaved truffles in a single marbled sea of deliciousness. Is your mouth water-
ing yet? That is not the breakfast menu, by the way. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes and many organic options. If you are an adventurous eater, this is the place to be. PerronesMarket.com; 13302 Ocean Hwy (Hwy 17), Litchfield/Pawleys Island; 843-235-9193.
This restaurant is owned and run by chef Ernest Bledsoe, who studied at Johnson and Wales Culinary School but received most of his training from the famous Café Max in Miami, which changes its menu almost daily. Bliss boasts a menu bursting with locally produced fresh agriculture. Its lettuces, herbs and much of its produce comes from Inlet Culinary Garden, located right around the corner. The food is never frozen, and the menu switches often according to the season. Ninety percent of the menu is gluten free, and you are encouraged to ask for your own vegetarian or vegan creation, as long as the ingredients are available. Try the Stuffed Baby Pumpkin with lobster and vanilla risotto, butternut squash veloute and toasted pumpkin seeds. True-Bliss.com; 4606 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet; 843-2826737.
This is the locavores temple. The menu is strictly local, and even identifies the farms the food comes from. The prices are not exceedingly expensive, considering what you are getting, and the taste of the food in incomparable. Chef Tara Tracy has a constantly changing seasonal menu, and is always whipping up something that is just unbelievably delicious and healthy, and still Lowcountry traditional food, not often thought of as health food. The menu does not have a huge array of vegetarian or vegan options, but Tara is a master and can make you something that your taste buds will never forget. Try the mushroom and barley pie with Rebecca Farms oyster mushrooms. There are also hard-to-find entrees available, like quail, elk burgers and frog legs. Yummmm! LimpinJanes.com; 713 Front St, Georgetown, 843-4854953. See ad, page 21.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Crazy Tuesday-12-6pm. Sundial FAR Sauna Demo at Cassena Spa, To Your Health Market offers 20% off all products and supplements till 7 pm. Cafe Piccolo is open with healthy fresh menu. 843-314-4611.
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat at Brookgreen Gardens. New outdoor exhibit, from the Morton Arboretum consists of fifteen interpretive panels that follow a path through the arboretum at Brookgreen. Shows how trees enrich our lives, describes the forces that threaten them, and gives info on how you can help endangered trees. Free with garden admission. Brookgreen Gardens US Hwy17 Bypass, across from Huntington Beach. Info: Brookgreen.org.
NOVEMBER 1-15 Organic Food Drive w/Ethics. Customers receive 10% off purchased items for every organic, nonperishable food item donated at Ethics between Nov 1-15. Ethics will deliver donations to a local food bank before Thanksgiving. Drop off: 2954-B Howard Ave, Market Common, MB. 843-839-1583. Facebook: Ethics General Store, GotEthics.com.
NOVEMBER 1-30 Bring Your Bag Discount w/Ethics General Store. Save you money & Earth. During Nov, bring your own bag & get 10% off your final purchase. Also, for every $10 you spend, get a card stamped, and after 10 stamps get a $10 credit in the store. 2954-B Howard Ave, The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. 843-839-1583. Facebook: Ethics General Store, GotEthics.com. Facials and Massages w/Elements Day Space−10am-6pm. These luxurious, organic treatments will be available Tues-Sat by appt. Elements Day Space Spa has moved in with Ethics to offer natural and organic beauty alternatives and service. 1st 10 appts get free gift. 843-839-2762 to set your appt. 2954-B Howard Ave, Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Facebook: Ethics General Store, GotEthics.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Self-Care through Mindful Movement-Trager® Mentastics® w/Lindsley Field−6-7:30pm. 4 week series of Trager Mentastics on Wed evenings at The Yoga Room in MB with Certified Trager Practitioner and Tutor. Each evening builds on previous, but drop-ins welcome. Series is $60, drop-in for $20. Profoundly simple approach to body movement that can end stress-induced tension, aches, pains and stiffness. 196 Stonebridge Drive, MB, Lindsley: 843-651-1086 or email@example.com, LindsleyField.com. 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.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Green Business Development & Networking Meeting−4:30-5:30pm. Join SCORE & Natural Awakenings for free business development. Learn to analyze & make your business thrive, profit &
succeed with help from SCORE (MBscore.org). Renaissance Bistro heart-healthy restaurant, 607 Chartwell Ct, MB, behind BB&T on 544, west of 17. Keith, 843-497-0390. Green Drinks, Grand Strand−5:30-8pm. Natural Awakenings hosts Green Drinks social get-together for the conservation minded, eco-friendly, sustainable, natural health groupies & Earth shakers. Follows SCORE business development meeting. Heart-healthy dining, wine & beer. Renaissance Bistro, 607 Chartwell Ct, MB, behind BB&T on 544, West of 17. Keith, 843-497-0390.
NOVEMBER 3 & 5 Holiday Boutique–11:30am-1pm. Find the perfect health related gifts for friends, family teachers, and associates, priced starting at $6, include free gift wrapping. Spa skincare products, athletics gifts, nutritional gifts, more. Also, Digestive Health Social, sample desserts, dips, drinks and more that won’t put the pounds on, and provides the nutrition you crave. Inlet Nutrition, Murrell Inlet. Linda at 843424-9586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Careteam 5K Run and AIDS Walk w/Jack Mackenroth–8:30am. Careteam is a non-profit organization in MB that assists those affected by HIV and AIDS. Mackenroth is a contestant from Project Runway and HIV advocate, Grand Marshall. Race starts 9:30am, at Plyler Park in MB. Register: CareteamSC.org, 843-236-9000. Art Day at Ethics−10am. Make upcycled wine cork keychains. Groovy Green Glass will provide all materials & show the way- a classy eco-friendly way to hold your keys. 2954-B Howard Ave, Market Common, MB. $5 RSVP at 843-839-1583. Facebook: Ethics General Store.
NOVEMBER 5-6 Waccamaw Indian Pow Wow–10am-6pm. 19th Annual Arts Festival & Pow Wow, at the Tribal Grounds at 591 Bluewater Road in Aynor. $5. WaccamawIndians.us/tribal-events/. Art in the Park at Chapin Park w/Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild−10am-4pm. Over 60 artists from the East Coast with about 20 from our local area. Paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. 1400 N. Kings Hwy. MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 446-7471, ArtsyParksy.com. Yoga 101–2-4pm. Perfect for those who are new to yoga or just need a refresher. Just bring a notebook and pen if you would like to take notes. Dress to move- will practice each day. Will provide mat and booklets. Cost: $50. $5 credit from class for future class or workshop. Pre-register by 10/29 for $45. Island Wave Yoga, 10555 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys
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Island. Info: 843-314-3206, IslandWaveYoga.com.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Unity 11am Service: Be Heard Now w/Rev Margaret Hiller. Music by Barb Stout.. Unity Family Feast & Community Potluck right after service, 12:20–1:20pm. Please bring healthy food to share, vegetarian & vegan appreciated, or consciously raised meat products. Love offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Advanced Talk on Diabetes w/Dr. Matt Cullum–7 pm Bring family and friends, and take away knowledge. Just because someone in your family has diabetes, you can stay healthy if you take care of yourself properly. Triune for Life 11945 Grandhaven Dr in Murrells Inlet 843-357-7200 DrMattCullum.com
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 The War After the War–A Warrior’s Journey Home w/Dr John Fisher−6:30 and 8:30 pm. Unity Church of Myrtle Beach hosts the celebration for the new book, and Fisher will speak on healing our nation and its veterans on this all-important day of remembrance. Music, devotion, honor and an opportunity to acquire an autographed first edition copy refreshments will be served 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside Beach. JohnWesleyFisher.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Raw Vegan Potluck Lunch & Movie−12:30pm. Bring a raw vegan dish to share and bring your own plates and eating utensils. Raw vegan food is the most nutrient dense food. Learn and share its health benefits. Movie about the food industry, or raw vegan food, starting at 12:45. Socastee Library, 707-Connector Rd, MB. Meetup.com/ rawveganmyrtlebeach. Yoga for Golf & Sports w/Maribeth MacKenzie–12:30-2pm. Created with the golfer and athlete in mind. Learn the physical benefits of yoga postures as they apply to your sport. Open up tight muscles to improve your game and/or get in shape for the upcoming season. $20/$17 in advance. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB 843-333-2656, lyndsay@ secretlotusyoga.com, SecretLotusYoga.com. Practice and Potluck w/Jonathan “J” Miles−6pm. Visiting yogi from nonprofit studio Project Yoga Richmond teaches vinyasa class, potluck dinner after. $10 for the class, bring a dish or beverage to share. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest, MB. Linda, 843-385-6176, YogaInCommon.com.
NOVEMBER 12-13 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, MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 446-7471, ArtsyParksy.com.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 BOLD by Kattour Semi-Precious Gemstone Jewelry Show w/Cathy Hatch−1-3pm. Designer will be in the bookstore to show her beautiful handcrafted one-of-a-kind collection, in time for Christmas gift planning. Bookstore for the Miracle Minded, inside Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside. Info: 843-238-8516. 5 Elements Yoga Workshop-Aligning With Nature, w/Jonathan “J” Miles−1:30-3:30 pm. Visiting yogi from Richmond. Each of our organs is related to a particular element, even our personality. In this class, students practice poses that correspond with different elements. Includes discussion on the five elements, yin and yang, and the philosophy of the Tao. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest, MB. Linda, 843-385-6176.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Growing the Edible Landscape w/Desmond Layne, PhD–6:30pm. Grow native fruits in your yard for food, attract wildlife, or for aesthetic reasons. Blueberry, blackberry, pawpaw, persimmon, muscadine. Tree fruit specialist will discuss native edible plants and give tips for selecting and growing. Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall at The Citadel, Charleston. SC Native Plant Society, Lisa Lord, email@example.com or 843-937-8807x13. SCNPS.org.
NOVEMBER 15-16 Unfurling Our Spiritual Lives w/Sandra Smith. Reflect on deepening hearts’ capacity to receive and give love using the Enneagram personality system. Name the limitations to personality that block the path to love and to waking up to all you are. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $225 fee includes lodging and meals. 800-671-0361 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Radiant You! Open House Party w/Amanda Powell-Wooten & Allison Martin-Attix–4pm. Join Dr. Hauschka Esthetician, & Dr. Hauschka Educator for social time and 5:30pm lesson on making a home spa experience using organic & biodynamic skin care products. Free gifts. 2954-B Howard Ave, Market Common, Myrtle Beach. 843-839-1583. Facebook: Ethics General Store.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Holistic Moms Network Meeting–6:30pm. Moms meeting to talk about natural health, natural products and kids. Bay Naturals patio. Lennea 732-991-7613.
NOVEMBER 18-20 Making the Change w/Miriam MacGillis. Presentations cover peak oil, climate change, and the mechanics of transition, along with the subtler subject of the inner transition that individuals need to go through to restore a harmonious relationship with the planet. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $250 fee includes lodging and meals. 800-671-0361 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Natural Health Seminar w/Dr Melody Iles−10am. Free seminar and Q&A with Dr. Iles, at SC Wellness, above Tranquility Day Spa at 315 Main St, Conway. 843 488-3440 SCWellness.net.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Unity 11am Service: “Exploring Ways to Create More Love in Your Life” w/Don & Pam McMahon, founders of Heartspace Center of ONEness, Reiki masters and breathwork facilitators, share their acoustic music to feed the soul. Afternoon workshop “Expanding Your Relationships Outside the Box” w/Don & Pam–1:30–4:30pm. Suggested Donation $25. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 A Yummy Thanksgiving Day Yoga Practice−910:15am. One class at Yoga in Common, 3080 Deville St, Market Common, MB and Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, MB. $15 drop in or passes accepted. Info: Linda, 843-385-6176, YogaInCommon.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Black Friday Detox at Island Wave .Yoga restore and detox with yoga class, gift baskets and ideas, sale items, massages, meditation and more. Island Wave Yoga, 10555 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island. Info: 843-314-3206, IslandWaveYoga.com,
NOVEMBER 25-27 Thanksgiving Weekend Workshops w/Yoga in Common. 11/25-Energizing and Metabolizing, 11/26 Harmonizing, 11/27 Restoring. Each workshop 2-4:30pm, all levels. $25/workshop, all 3 for $60. Walk-ins welcome. Yoga in Common, 3080 Deville St, Market Common, Register online at YogaInCommon.com, Linda, 843-385-6176.
NOVEMBER 25-JANUARY 1 Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna. Brookgreen Gardens’ Holiday Exhibits in the Noble Gallery. Evergreen trees, wreaths and plaques decorated with assorted natural materials, along with vintage carousel animal figures Christmas trees, art and furnishings free with garden admission. Ocean Hwy south of Murrells Inlet. 843-235-6000, Brookgreen.org.
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Handel & Bach for the Advent Season w/Long Bay Symphony−7:30pm. A combined chorus of area singers and outstanding vocal soloists present a pair of seasonal favorites: J.S. Bach’s popular Advent cantata, Sleepers, Wake! and portions of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. First Presbyterian Church Great Hall on the Grissom Campus. Tickets $15 Adult and $5 Students. 843-448-8379, LongBaySymphony.com.
Handel & Bach for the Advent Season w/Long Bay Symphony−7:30pm. A combined chorus of area singers and outstanding vocal soloists present a pair of seasonal favorites: J.S. Bach’s popular Advent cantata, Sleepers, Wake! and portions of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, NMB. Tickets $15 Adult and $5 Students. 843-448-8379, LongBaySymphony.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Advent Blessings w/Pam Smith–10am-4pm. Will look at the Hebrew prophets and Biblical passages in the New Testament to consider the blessedness of their lives, the presence of Emmanuel (which means God with us) in an ongoing way, and the impact of the coming of Christ on humanity and the whole world. Personal reflection, meditative walks, and artistic and musical expression. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $75 fee. 800-671-0361 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
NOVEMBER 26, 27 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Intensive w/Lauren Davis−9am-12pm. Renew, restore and detox your body after that big holiday meal. 3-hour class of challenging poses, spending time warming up to them, and finding different ways to practice. Exploration of the breath and a Pranayama series to refresh and enliven your practice. $35/day, or $60 for both. Island Wave Yoga 10555 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island. 843-314-3206, IslandWaveYoga. com.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 On the Way Home: Deepening a Sense of Ecological Belonging w/Dan Shelton–10am-4pm. “Ecological Belonging.” Rekindle a relationship with nature that is deeply meaningful and ecologically sustainable, to become compassionate beings of Earth. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $75 fee. 800-671-0361 or SpringbankRetreat.org.
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Unity Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Lesta Sue Hardee & Susan Boles, LUT−9:30-10:30am. Metaphysical Studies of Bible, New Thought Writers & diverse Spiritual Paths that promote peace. 10/2 begins “What Are You?” by Imelda Octavia Shanklin, Unity writer. Love Offering Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516 UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–10am-1pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Also open Sun 10am-1pm with Unity Services. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. All Souls Metaphysical Chapel Service−11am. “Come Grow with Us.” Healing (10:45am) & messages from Spirit. Spiritual counseling & healing available. CCU Wall Bldg, Rm 119, Conway, 843-347-6261, AllSoulsMC@yahoo.com. Unity Church Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller & guest speakers−11am celebration service. Prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Youth programs. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516. 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 Restorative Yoga w/Lauren Davis, RYT−45:15pm. Healing deep relaxation that will reduce stress, blood pressure and heart rate, loosen joints and muscles, relieve fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, and quiet your mind, all naturally, without medication. $12 walk-in, $50, 5 class pass. Carolina Power Yoga, 769 Main St, NMB. 843-877-5839, CarolinaPowerYoga.com.
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B3 Boot Camp w/Reid Fetters, CPT−9-10am. Metabolic circuit class focuses on core strength. Helps you to say bye bye belly, hello skinny jeans. $12 or $10 package. B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, #107, Pawleys, 843 833-1998, BBalancedLLC. com. Hot Vinyasa w/Dawn−9:30-10:30am. This is a Hot Practice. Open to all levels. Emphasis on theory and practice provides the student with all the tools to expand in a personal and profound way. Shanti Myrtle Beach, 3901 N Kings Hwy, MB, 843-4675444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Power Vinyasa Yoga w/Tara Gurry, RYT−9:3010:30am. Challenging yoga class. Links breath with asanas, flowing through sun salutations, backbends, inversions, restorative, and balancing poses. Harmonizing moving meditation class strengthens, lengthens, detoxifies, quiets. $12 walk in, 5 Class Pass $50. Carolina Power Yoga, 769 Main St,NMB. 843 877-5839, CarolinaPowerYoga.com. A Course in Miracles w/Elaine Miller–5:30-7pm. A combo of psychology & spirituality. Save yourself years of therapy, learn how to have a mentally healthier & emotionally happier life. Love offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside. Info: Elaine, 843-831-0430. Ashtanga Primary Series w/Maribeth MacKenzie−7-8:30pm. Traditional Ashtanga yoga taught in a led-class setting. Prior yoga experience req. $15 Drop-in or class passes accepted: 417 79th Ave N, Suite E MB, 843-333-2656, lyndsay@ secretlotusyoga.com, SecretLotusYoga.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 offered. Free, donations accepted, not req. Forestbrook Area, MB. Info: 843-655-8056, email@example.com, KagyuStudySC.info.
classifieds Heart Body & Soul w/Brittany−9-10am. 20min of cardio dance, 20min of toning with bands, 20min of stretching & yoga for perfect balance. $12 or $10 package. B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, #107, Pawleys, 843 833-1998, BBalancedLLC.com. Gentle Vinyasa Yoga w/Karley Lott−9:3010:45am. Breath work and a slow flow of Ashtangabased postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels. $15 Drop-in or class passes accepted 417 79th Ave. N, Ste E, MB, SecretLotusYoga.com, 843-333-2656, firstname.lastname@example.org. Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais(r) Method w/Heidi McGovern PT CFP−10am-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. Offered in series or single classes. 6wk series $50, (NO CLASSES 10/11, 11/22) 5 wk series $40. Walk in $10. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436, email@example.com, HeidiMcGovern.com. Georgetown’s New Weight Loss Challenge w/ Linda Sacchetti, Wellness Coach−Noon. Weekly weigh ins and Weekly prizes. Join for $35. Bring 3 friends who join and you come free. Free metabolism test included. Winyah Dance Studio on Front St.843-424-9586 or firstname.lastname@example.org. B3 Boot Camp w/Reid Fetters, CPT−5:30-6:30pm. Metabolic circuit class focuses on core strength. Helps you to say bye bye belly, hello skinny jeans. $12 or $10 package. B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, #107, Pawleys, 843 833-1998, BBalancedLLC. com. Wholistic Childbirth Class w/Pat Burrell, RN, CHT, CLC, CD (DONA)−6:30-8:30pm. Have the birth you deserve. Comprehensive, informative, empowering, supportive & welcoming. Call to reserve. $350 for 10 2hr sessions. Payment plans available. Info: Pat, 843-213-1393, BeachBabys. org. Kriya Yoga Meditation Group−7-8pm. Ongoing Meditation Group for personal & spiritual growth. Beginners and advanced meditators are welcome for instruction and support in their practice. Love offering Basis. 675 Wachesaw Rd, Ste D (Next to Low Country Family Dentistry), Murrells Inlet. Paula Kenion, MS, Meditation Teacher, 843-6504538 SpiritualAwakening.vpweb.com.
Seniors Day at Bay Naturals & New Life Natural Foods. Shoppers over 60 get 10% discount Wed at New Life Natural Foods, NMB at Gator Hole, 556 Hwy 17N, NMB 843-272-4436, & Bay Naturals, 76th Ave N & Kings Hwy, MB, 843-448-0011, 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, 843-651-9350. Free Spa Facial w/Linda Sacchetti. Defy aging for younger-looking skin with antioxidants, aloe vera & glucosamine. By individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-651-9350. ZUMBA w/Brittany−9-10am.Join the party & torch calories as you have a blast dancing your way to fitness. $12 or $10 package. B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, #107, Pawleys, 843 833-1998, BBalancedLLC.com. Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–11am-4pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Also open Sun 10am-1pm with Unity Services. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Meditation, Silent & Guided, in Unity’s Peace Chapel–Noon-12:30pm. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Brown Bag Lunch & Book Group w/Rev. Margaret Hiller, Bobbi Newman & Friends–12:30-1:3pm, based on book “Your Sacred Self” by Wayne Dyer. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Gullah/Geechee-mania w/Ron Daise−1pm. An interactive cultural game show about Gullah/ Geechee culture and heritage of the SE coastal US. Guest become contestants for points answering questions about Gullah/Geechee people, songs, history, culture, foods, and trivia. Free with garden admission. Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium, Brookgreen Gardens US Hwy17 Bypass, across from Huntington Beach. Info: Brookgreen.org. Farm Co-op Delivery in Myrtle Beach by Charlie Caldwell−3-7pm. Delivery of fresh, natural & quality farm products & natural soaps. 714 8th Ave n, MB, near 501 & Kings Hwy. Info & place order w/Charlie, 843-992-9447, or OvisHillFarm.com.
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New Weight Loss Challenges w/Mike Sacchetti, health coach. PM classes avail. We Pay You to Lose 12wk program w/weekly weigh-ins & weekly prizes. 36 people needed. Join for $35. Bring 3 friends who join and you come free. Free metabolism test. Murrells Inlet. Call for reservation, 843-424-9586 or 843-651-9350. Restorative Yoga w/Lauren Davis, RYT−5:306:45pm. Healing deep relaxation that will reduce stress, blood pressure and heart rate, loosen joints and muscles, relieve fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, and quiet your mind, all naturally, without medication.$12 walk-in, $50, 5 class pass. Carolina Power Yoga, 769 Main St, NMB. 843-877-5839, CarolinaPowerYoga.com.
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Run & Yoga w/Colleen Kirkpatrick & Elissa Blosser−6-7:15pm. For runners at all levels. Beginners OK, can “fast walk” instead. Meet at Yoga in Common, run or walk together and return to studio for yoga session. Yoga in common, 3080 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Drop in rates or passes. Linda, 843-385-6176. 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.
Cardio Dance Attack w/Brittany−9-10am. Heart pumping, endorphin rushing, moving and grooving. combines hip hop, Latin and aerobic dance moves to create a heart pumping workout. $12 or $10 package. B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, #107, Pawleys, 843 833-1998, BBalancedLLC. com. 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. Bones for Life™ w/Heidi McGovern PT, BFLT−10-11am. Support your bones with easy to learn exercises developed by Ruthy Alon. Learn what your bones respond to & have fun doing it. Offered in series or single classes. 6 wk series $50. 5 wk series $40. Walk in $10. (NO CLASSES 10/13, 11/24) Possum Trot Rec Center Bring a mat. 843-361-8436 firstname.lastname@example.org, HeidiMcGovern.com.
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A Guide to Practical Spirituality w/Ken Lennon–Noon-1:30pm. Dialog group on the perennial wisdom found in Unity’s principles and great world religions and how we live these ancient spiritual truths in our lives and world today. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach. org. Ovis Hill Farmers Market in Florence−4-7pm. Local farm products, grass-fed beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, dairy & seasonal organic vegetables. At parking lot, 2519 W Palmetto St, Florence. Info: Charlie, 843-992-9447, OvisHillFarm.com. Alkaline, Antioxidant, Detoxifying Water w/ Raymond Owens−5:30pm. Full water demos and power-point presentation. Learn about the importance of body ph, drinking bottled and tap water. Call for resevations. Joyfilled Gifts, 805 Front St. Georgetown, Raymond, 843-833-1773, email@example.com. Unconventional Boot Camp w/Reid Fetters, CPT−5:45-6:45pm. Hard-core unconventional workout keeps both your body and your mind guessing. $12 or $10 package. B Balanced, 263 Commerce Dr, #107, Pawleys, 843 833-1998, BBalancedLLC.com.
Ashtanga Primary Series w/Dawn 9:30-11am. This practice leads the yogi through a series of postures while coordinating the breath to movement. Shanti Myrtle Beach, 3901 North Kings Hwy, MB, 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Community Power Vinyasa Yoga w/Tara Gurry, RYT−5:30-6:30pm. Flowing through sun salutations, backbends, inversions, restorative, & balancing poses. This harmonizing moving meditation class will strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, quiet & calm the mind, & inspire the spirit. Community class by donation. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St.,NMB 843-877-5839, 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.
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 w/Tara Gurry, RYT−10-11am. One breath one movement, flowing through sun salutations, restorative, & balancing poses in a tranquil studio. Harmonizing moving meditation class will strengthen, lengthen & detoxify the body, quiet & calm the mind. All Levels $12 walk-in, $50, 5 class pass. Carolina Power Yoga 769 Main St, NMB 843-877-5839, CarolinaPowerYoga.com. Vinyasa Yoga w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble 10:30amnoon. Strong flow class for all levels of practice. Sun salutations, forward bends, backbends, inversions and balance postures explored. Breath and core emphasized. $15 Drop-in or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E (upstairs) MB, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, on page 19.
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.
CARPET CLEANING, GREEN All DRY N GREEN LLC
Ashton Moore and Damon Kramer 1926 Kate Ln, Surfside Beach 843-457-3088 WhyDry.com Dedicated to cleaning your carpets with environmentally friendly techniques. Floors dry instantly with no wet dog smell or recurring stains. Removes dust mites, mold spores, allergens, pet dander, and other harmful entities. Your carpets will stay cleaner and will be preserved longer. Call today for a free quote. See ad, page 23.
CHIROPRACTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Linda Audino, DC 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243 AlternativeHealthClinicMB.com
CHURCHES ALL SOULS METAPHYSICAL CHAPEL Rev. Alma Swartzweider Coastal Carolina University, Wall Building, Room 119 843-347-6261 AllSoulsMC@yahoo.com
A g r a d u a t e o f Pa l m e r Chiropractic College in 1994, Dr. Linda Audino has practiced in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and, in South Carolina, since 2003. She has treated newborns to geriatrics and everyone in between. It is Audino’s desire as a chiropractor to educate the public about what true health care is. The main focus of her message: There are no secrets or shortcuts to achieving health, but rather using good sense and knowledge to make the right choices in life. See ad, page 19.
“God said, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17). Sunday service healing, 10:45. Worship and message, 11 am. Spiritual counseling and healing readings by appointment. Devine metaphysics expands your understanding of the Bible and your own spirituality. We welcome you to join us and expand your consciousness to accept all humanity just as we are.
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The excellent results achieved over the past 35 years have prompted visits to Dr. Steven and Elaine Goodman’s office from patients in more than 15 states. We do not schedule repeat visits, because we expect amazing results with only one visit. You don’t have to live with pain. Call us today so you can enjoy your life, pain free.
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.
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JOHN W. FISHER, DC Murrells Inlet 843-651-1086 johnwesleyfisher.com
Dr. John W. Fisher graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1977 and is the founder of the Balance Chiropractic Technique— advanced methodologies for structural, chemical and emotional well- being. Incorporated in his practice are allergy elimination, clinical nutrition and neuro-emotional techniques. He specializes in difficult cases working with the whole body and has been acclaimed for his adjusting expertise. He and his wife, Lindsley, work together at Wholistic Alignment and offer free consultations. See ad, page 26.
COUNSELING Alternative Health Clinic 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-712-2330
SELF-ACTUALIZATION THERAPY Carolyn M. Ball, MA, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor Myrtle Beach 843-272-4114 CarolynMBall.com
You can heal depression, anxiety, relationships, selfesteem, the effects of physical and sexual abuse, and discover your purpose in life. Carolyn Ball has more than 20 years of experience, including cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, parts work and more. Her spiritual background includes Meher Baba, yoga, meditation and Native American ceremony.
COUNSELING, MIND-BODY MEDICINE MARTA ROTELLO, MEd, LPC Alternative Health Clinic 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-251-4208
Mind-body medicine uses the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health. Energy Psychology can help us release emotional pain and stress through mind/body energy techniques, and can be an effective tool for emotional healing. Marta Rotello has been counseling since 1996 and holds a license as a professional counselor, drawing from a wide range of approaches when working with clients. The goal is to get the body and mind to relax and to reduce stress hormones, so that the immune system is better able to fight illness. “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~ Hippocrates
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INTEGRATIVE BODYWORK LINDSLEY FIELD, CTP
Certified Trager® Practitioner 843-651-1086 lindsleyfield.com Lindsley has been practicing the Trager®Approach (tragerus. org) since 1994 and is a qualified tutor. More than even a great massage, although it feels much like a massage, Trager® brings on a sense of ease, relaxation, peace and mobility. The body relaxes and the nervous system calms to promote restful sleep, enhanced health and vitality. Also a Reiki master/trainer, aroma therapist and Shamanic counselor, she works with her husband, John, at Wholistic Alignment. Call for a free consultation. See ad, page 26.
NATURAL CHILDBIRTH BEACH BABY’S DOULA SERVICES INC
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 13.
NATURAL HEALTH COUNSELING MELODY ILES PhD
315 Main St. #6 (Upstairs) Conway 843-446-0293 or 843-488-3440 SCWellness.net If you are living with pain, chronic illnesses, mental fogginess or poor health conditions that never seem to resolve, it’s time to look a t n a t u ra l s o l u t i o n s a n d wholistic care to optimize your health. Dr. Melody Iles is a naturapathic practitioner who listens to you and carefully examines your fingernails, tongue and eyes to distinguish the health of organs and body systems. She then suggests specific foods, herbs and supplements to help place your body in a state of healing.
PEST CONTROL AAA PEST CONTROL
Joseph Davis Grand Strand 843-333-5790 AAAPestControlOnline.com It’s no secret that heavy chemical pesticide use can be damaging to the health of our families, pets and environment. Nobody wants their home and yard covered in poisons. We specialize in low-impact organic and green solutions at an affordable cost. Safe for you, your children, pets and the planet. See ad, page 23.
REHABILITATION AND PHYSICAL THERAPY LONG BAY REHAB
4871 Socastee Blvd suite E, MB 843-293-5610 LongBayRehab.com We find and work on the source of a problem using a “hands-on” approach, which restores your movement and function. We use our hands to help correct problems in joints, muscle tissue and connective tissues. The results are improved movement, improved function and overall improved quality of life. We invite you to come and feel the difference. See ad, page 33.
WATER HEALTH RAYMOND OWENS
Kangen Water Independent Distributor 843-833-1773 or 843-527-8681 In my wildest dreams, I never thought that at 72, drinking water could clean the plaque from my arteries, dissolve kidney stones and repair my health, until I researched ionized water. With a body pH of 7.0 or higher cancer cannot survive. See ad, page 13.
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 27.
YOGA CAROLINA POWER YOGA 769 Main St 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
ISLAND WAVE YOGA
10555 Unit-A, Ocean Hwy 17 Pawleys Island 843-314-3206 IslandWaveYoga.com Facebook: Island Wave Yoga Island Wave Yoga offers a welcoming dedicated space for those who know yoga, to those who want to know yoga. Classes are drop-in, and series passes and membership is available. Classes include: Lava Flow, Beginners, Intro & Mixed Flow, Ashtanga, Family Fun, Power, Yoga for Golf & Sports, $5 Community, Relax & Renew. Workshops include YOGA 101, Prenatal, Chair, Meditation, YIN. Island Wave Life retail carries, prAna activewear, Manduka mats and props, Om Sweet Om Jewelry,books and more.
LIVE OAK YOGA STUDIO
Karyl Tych, MEd, MS, Ed, RYT Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy, MB Hidden Village 843-340-YOGA (9642) LiveOakYogaStudio.com Now’s the time to begin yoga. Come to Live Oak Yoga Studio to receive clear, individualized instruction in small classes that are varied, interesting, challenging and also provide a deep sense of calm and well-being. Karyl Tych, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for seven. You will receive individualized attention in every class to increase your flexibility, balance, strength and stamina.
SECRET LOTUS YOGA & HEALING ARTS
417 79th Avenue N, Ste E (upstairs) Myrtle Beach 843-333-2656 SecretLotusYoga.com
Coming in December
Secret Lotus offers Ashtanga-based 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! While all classes have an Ashtanga influence, we offer strong prenatal, gentle and Ashtanga,Vinyasa and Kids yoga. Also offering massage, Reiki and childbirth education.
3901 N Kings Hwy #20-A, MB 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.
YOGA IN COMMON
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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