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ay brings us Mother’s Day when our thoughts turn to our own mothers, and for those of us lucky enough to be mothers, it is a time of reflecting on our own experience. I have yet to meet a mom who would not identify motherhood as one of the most transformative experiences of her life. I am not saying that only mothers know what unconditional love is all about, but I will say that, personally, the first time I held my son I knew there would never be anything he could do or say to diminish the overwhelming love I felt for him. That holds true to this day and will be true until I draw my last breath. Other relationships may come and go, but the mother-child bond is eternal. I don’t think I truly grasped the intensity of that love until I had my own child. I really had no idea what my own parents went through until I became a parent myself. Being a parent gives you the opportunity to rediscover the world through your children’s eyes. Little things you stopped noticing along the way once again fill you with wonder. The world becomes a magical place again. My mom had me at 40, making me the youngest of my parents’ four children. I like to say I am the best mistake they ever made. Dad was in the Army, leaving Mom to take care of the kids on her own for long periods of time. I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been. I have enormous respect for our military families and the sacrifices they make. Raising one child is the most fulfilling—and the most difficult—role I have ever played. Hats off to those of you who have more! Hats off to all parents who love and nurture their children. We all want to give our children the best possible start in life, and this month’s issue is full of information to help you do just that. Want to increase your chances of a smooth, efficient labor (and who wouldn’t want that?)? Check out the article by local doula and massage therapist Danica Todd on page 20. Firsttime (or second- or third-time) parent and find the whole concept just a little scary or overwhelming? Then you might want to think about enlisting the services of a doula. Learn about the Professional Doulas of Charleston on page 21. The articles and local resources in these pages can help you have the beautiful birth experience you and your baby both deserve. We celebrate mothers and all women in this issue with our Community Spotlight featuring Charleston’s own Center for Women, which has been providing services and programs empowering Charleston-area women since 1990 (the same year I became a mother!). I have personally benefitted from their services at two pivotal times in my life. They sponsored an amazing support group that helped me through my divorce and to start my journey as a single parent. I also learned some of the ins and outs of entrepreneurship from them before I became the publisher of this magazine. I am grateful for their help and for the work they do for women in this community. Learn more about them on page 14. Read more about women and heart-based leadership in a web-only article this month at NALowcountry. com/women-mobilize-to-heal-the-world.html. I will be celebrating and giving thanks for my own mother this Mother’s Day. Even though she may not be here physically, she is always with me. Like I said— that love is eternal. I will be celebrating the unimaginable joy that being a mother has brought into my own life. I will be celebrating this beautiful season. I hope you will join me in finding as many things to celebrate as possible. Happy May!

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newsbriefs Enough Pie’s Awakening V: King Tide and the People’s Climate Parade

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nough Pie is a nonprofit that focuses on equitable and just growth in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. Each year, it sponsors a project called an Awakening. This year, the focus is on the issue of rising tides and flooding streets in Awakening V: King Tide. According to the 2015 City of Charleston Sea Level Rise Strategy report, by 2045, Charleston may experience sunny day tidal flooding 180 days out of the year—averaging every other day. The Awakening kicks off with an actual king tide on April 29, when Upper Peninsula residents will once again sandbag their homes and walk through flooded streets. There will also be a People’s Climate Parade at 9 a.m. that morning starting at the Royal American on 970 Morrison Drive while others concerned about climate change will be marching in Washington, D.C. The Awakening takes place from April 29 through May 26 and includes a variety of free public art and creative events. A 100-foot batik banner designed by artist Mary Edna Fraser will be on display outside the Joseph Floyd Manor and will include messages related to sea level rise. A large sculpture created by Kim Thomas with the help of Buist Academy students, called And Yet It Grows, is being constructed with materials found during New Market Tidal Creek cleanup days. It will serve as the starting point for the People’s Climate Parade. Large murals of sea life created by a group of artists will be unveiled at the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool on May 5. They will incorporate information on the issues of bleached coral and plastics. For more information on these and other Awakening V: King Tide events, visit EnoughPie.org. While the events are free, donations are accepted at YouCaring.com/enoughpie.

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newsbriefs Doula and Massage Therapist Danica Todd Moves Practice to Avondale

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oasting 15 years of experience collaborating with physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and midwives, Danica Todd specializes in traditional therapeutic massage techniques and advanced prenatal therapies. She recently moved her practice to Avondale and will host a Grand Opening on April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since moving to the lowcountry in 2011, Todd worked for two years at the Mom Spa, in Mt. Pleasant, before turning to her own practice as a comprehensive birth and postpartum doula, and independent massage therapist. The Grand Opening menu includes several special offers, including buyone-get-one-free massages (one per person) and 10-percent-off massage packages. Raffle entries for a package of six one-hour massages will be included with purchase during the Grand Opening. Location: 720 Magnolia Rd., Charleston. For more information, call 843-826-0660, or visit CharlestonMassageTherapies.com or Facebook.com/danica.todd. See ad, page 20, and listing, page 35.

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OADFISH Outfitters, an eco-active coastal advocate and leading manufacturer of coastal lifestyle products, created the ergonomic PUT EM’ BACK oyster knife from recycled and sustainable materials. After years in development, TOADFISH oyster knives have a thoughtfully designed fit, form and functionality that makes shucking oysters easier and safer. For every knife sold, the company has committed to renourish 10 square feet of oyster habitat through its partnerships with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Oyster Shell Recycling Program and Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program. According to Casey Davidson, founder of TOADFISH, the company enhances the time people spend on and around the coast. “When you purchase a TOADFISH product, we contribute a percentage of each sale to rebuilding oyster beds— 10 square feet of new habitat for every TOADFISH product sold—ensuring that the water we all love stays healthy.” The PUT EM’ BACK knife’s sleek, contoured handle, made from recycled plastic bottles, was designed with a top thumb indentation and underside index finger rest that feels like an extension of the hand. The curved stainless steel blade with a bridged pivot point back simplifies the shucking process by allowing oyster lovers to pop open the oyster and remove it from the shell with ease. “TOADFISH has perfected what we believe is the best knife on the market for shucking raw or steamed oysters and is a must-have accessory for any occasion where oysters are enjoyed,” says Davidson. “Not only that, we are a ‘lead-byexample’ friend of the coast and strive to have a positive impact on water quality to help ensure sustainable marine ecosystems for generations to come. Oysters provide a natural filtration system for our waterways. The more oysters we put back, the cleaner and healthier our coastal waters become.” For more information about it and other TOADFISH products, visit OysterToadfish.com.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHAalgae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi. 10

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elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

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Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters.

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Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world.

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The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in Frenchcontrolled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at dnr.sc.gov/seaturtle. Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles. 12

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Cycling Chicago

Pioneering Bike Paths Promise Easy Commutes Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly autofree place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side.

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Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ridehailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits. Source: CNN

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Planting Progress New Seed-Sharing Law in California

California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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Cloth Better than Disposable for People and the Planet

Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “eco-friendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to SmallFootprintFamily.com, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion singleuse plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. While comparable statistics on adult diapers aren’t available, Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales to $2.7 billion in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2015. In a decade, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association advise that in all cases, fecal matter and urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet instead of put in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter groundwater and potentially spread disease. Traditional cloth diapers are the way to go for several reasons beyond budget: 4 Using cloth facilitates earlier potty education by quickly communicating to the baby when they are wet. New cloth diaper systems like Nicki’s Diapers (NickisDiapers.com) can be easily cleaned in regular and high-efficiency washing machines. Some popular brands are listed at DiaperPin.com. 4 The nonprofit association at RealDiapers.org helps connect local groups of mothers to communicate and share best practices in use, cleaning and potty training, such as learning a baby’s cues for needing to go. It also hosts informative events such as the annual national Great Cloth Diaper Change. 4 Cloth diapers in good condition can be resold on eBay and sites like DiaperSwappers.com.

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communityspotlight Helping Women Rise Through Leadership, Security and Well-Being: An Interview with Center for Women’s Awareness and Advocacy Manager Ali Titus

by Jennifer Iamele Savage

How did your organization get started? Titus: Center for Women in Transition, as it was initially named, was founded in 1990 by a group of local therapists with a mission to “[help] women develop positively in their personal growth, productiveness and general well-being.” Originally, the organization offered individual and family counseling, support groups, skill-based groups, educational workshops, and resource referrals. The founders include Susan Parsons and the first director, Beth Harrison. In 1992, the Center for Women became a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit organization, and, in 1998, the organization moved from its first location and grew to serve more than 2,000 women in a single year. Through a transformational gift from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation, Center for Women moved to its current location on Cannon Street in 2007, dedicating its new home to the memory of Countess Alicia SpauldingPaolozzi. Under the leadership of Jennet Robinson Alterman, the center expanded both its programming and geographic reach to serve a greater breadth of women across South Carolina. Although Center for Women has continued to offer counseling and support groups throughout the years, programming has greatly expanded to 14

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How do you serve the lowcountry? Titus: Center for Women currently reaches more than 3,000 women across South Carolina through its programming and special events. Currently, programs operate under three focus areas: leadership and development, financial management and entrepreneurship, and awareness and advocacy. Today, the center offers regular “connect the dots” lunch and learn events; networking opportunities; events featuring women in positions of power; and “Silver Linings,” a program targeting women over 50. Additionally, the center offers Ready for Work, a program to prepare women transitioning, entering or re-entering the workforce, with the soft skills and confidence they need to navigate a new career. Home of the Women’s Business Center of South Carolina, Center for Women provides a comprehensive entrepreneurship training program with a range of offerings to meet a variety of needs. Offerings include free business coaching; Founder’s Lab, a program for budding entrepreneurs; and

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Founder’s Society, which offers networking and skill-building opportunities to seasoned entrepreneurs. Through awareness and advocacy programming, staff and volunteers conduct regular trainings on the status of women in South Carolina across four key indicator areas: leadership, health and safety, education and economic security. Additionally, the center is home to Lowcountry Women with Wings, a program to raise awareness across the community about gynecologic cancers. In March, Center for Women launched Pathway to Politics, a program dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing women to run for elected office and/or engage in political advocacy. This program will offer regular forums, workshops and conferences, as well as opportunities for prospective candidates and community advocates to network and connect for success.

What volunteer opportunities are available for the public? Titus: With a small staff, our organization relies heavily on volunteer support. Our volunteer needs include, but are not limited to, assisting with basic office management; serving as a business coach or Ready for Work instructor; presenting on the status of women in South Carolina through our speakers bureau; serving on one of several advisory boards and committees; providing subject matter expertise for series programming; and assisting with the planning and execution of special events. Anyone with a volunteer inquiry is welcome to email Info@ C4Women.org!

What have been some of the greatest successes of your organization? Titus: With a 27-year history, our successes are abundant and varied. One of our greatest victories has been navigating the


changing tides of women’s needs across our community, at times transforming our mission and work in order to maximize our ability to effectively serve. In recent years, we have commissioned and disseminated a report on the status of women in South Carolina (through partnership with College of Charleston and the SC Biz News). With the help of our volunteer speakers

bureau, we’ve educated thousands of people across our state about pressing issues pertaining to women. While Center for Women has a longstanding history of providing direct services, we believe that we can be most impactful when we are also addressing barriers that women face in trying to access opportunities for leadership, economic security and overall well-being.

Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Her latest project, the Mindfull Mamas Project, aims to coach women who are struggling with the identity of motherhood and help them uncover their creative voice so they can step into their purpose and rediscover who they are. Connect with her at InspirationAndBliss. com.

readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader?

by Victoria Hargis

Meet Kimberly Butler—Following Her Bliss to Middle East and Back Tell our readers a little about yourself:

I come from Queens, New York, and attended NYU film school. My home base is a studio in the Garment District. I came to the Charleston area with my elderly mother a couple of years ago. We have had great adventures discovering and exploring the area together. These last two years have been amazing. I’ve met my tribe here, good people, and neighbors going out of their way to help us. And I got to meet my dream agent, Linda Eisen, of Coastal Talent.

Work/mission:

Growing up, I decided I wanted to work independently. I became a photographer and have had a 25year career. I’ve had the privilege of being able to photograph many famous people over the years. Some notable personalities are Taylor Swift, Mohammad Ali and five American presidents. The list is endless after 15 years at People magazine. One of my funniest photo shoots was with the late Mohammad Ali, the heavyweight champ, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease. As he sat in his chair on the set, he began to lean to one side with his eyes closed. Fearing that his illness was affecting him, I motioned to my assistants

I have met fantastic people all over the world and realized that it’s who you are inside that is most important. We can be from other religions: Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, etc., or different countries. The more we speak to each other, the more I realize how alike we are rather than how different.

Other interests/passions:

to help. They weren’t sure what to do but moved over to help him. As they reached him, he burst out laughing at their reactions. He was able to laugh at his own disability. He was a great man. At the advice of a mentor, I recently began to fashion my legacy. My personal legacy includes doing things for other people through photography. I use income from my big commercial jobs to enable me to fund the projects I want to do. One of my personal projects is in Jordan where I am visiting and talking to young women in orphanages about their futures. I recently was in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan documenting everyday life. I have found Jordan to be an amazing country trying to balance democracy with Islam. Currently, I’m working on a project about banned books with Marjory Wentworth, the poet laureate of South Carolina.

I’m teaching myself guitar. And I love film! It relaxes me and helps me decompress. I take enormous care with my health. I love yoga. My yoga practice enriches the mind-body connection and helps me remain in the moment. I love that I am able to use yoga discipline in other aspects of my life. I am also a massive fan of Joseph Campbell, the American-born, world-renowned mythologist, writer and lecturer. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.” I’ve used that phrase with which to live my life by.

What do you like most about Natural Awakenings?

I have read Natural Awakenings for years. I learned about subjects I wasn’t aware of before, and it peaked my interest to learn more. I find Natural Awakenings to be on top of the latest in mind-body connections, GMOs and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

How can people reach you? I can be reached on my website: KimberlyButler.com. natural awakenings

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Escape to Cottage Aroma Bella by Gwen Hughes

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odern-day stress can get to all of us at one time or another, and dreams of a spa getaway may come to mind. Schedules and budgets can sometimes get in the way of making that dream come true, but what if that kind of escape could be obtained here in a day? Cottage Aroma Bella Day Spa offers the feel of a spa vacation, starting with the canopy of trees on the drive out to its remote Johns Island location. Upon arrival, one finds an old English-style cottage surrounded by lush gardens, as if in a fairytale. Truly, this feels like an escape. Peggy Lieber, a chemist and esthetician, opened Cottage Aroma Bella with her chemist husband, Paul, on the same property as their Royal Labs manufacturing facility. Royal Labs has been creating all-natural and organic skin and body care products since 1983 for more than 1,500 brands around the world, including their own Deep Steep brand. Their latest release is their new baby line, inspired by their grandchildren. The line has been under development for years and is based on a limited number of pure and simple ingredients. Peggy’s unique combination of knowledge and skills as both a chemist and esthetician have given her an understanding of the skin that few possess. She formulates products in the lab informed by her firsthand experience as an esthetician. She has worked with some of the same clients for more than 20 years, and has observed how their skin responds to various treatments as they age and change. Peggy clearly loves splitting her time in the lab with her time with her clients. She says her time with her clients keeps her in touch with the needs of people and the marketplace.

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Surely, this makes her unique among skin care chemists! Cottage Aroma Bella offers luxurious services that leave one feeling relaxed, pampered and glowing. These include a variety of facials, including Peggy’s specialty: anti-aging facials. Cottage Aroma Bella also offers different types of massages, including its Soothing World combo, a two-hour combination of techniques used around the world. Pedicures, manicures, wraps, waxing and other services are also offered, and a variety of packages are available. It makes an ideal day of pampering for bridal parties or a day with girlfriends. One doesn’t have to fly to a spa in the desert to leave stress behind. Take a drive down River Road and escape to Cottage Aroma Bella. Cottage Aroma Bella Day Spa is located at 2671 Ft. Trenholm Rd., Johns Island. For more information, call 843-266-3619 or visit CottageAromaBella.com/contact.html. See ad, page 40, and listing, page 37.


NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse

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woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body Discover Intuitive Nutrition

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“Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can

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almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. Keep Moving with Intention I am choosing the right path for my Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, birth. I trust my body and my inwalking or light jogging three to five stincts. I have all the support I need.” times a week, for 20 minutes a day. Wilson recommends choosing two “Squatting like a child on your haunches to four that resonate, repeating them is a great exercise for childbirth,” she every morning while gazing into the says, noting that 20 squats daily will mirror, placing them on the refrigerastrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an tor door and even having them pop exercise ball instead of a desk chair or up on a smartphone. couch also engages core muscles, while “Meditation prepares you for childimproving posture. birth and can also be soothing during “Regular exercise brings more enlabor by offering tools that push away ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, gestational diabetes and high blood presThe connections established breathing out, I smile.” sure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet between mother and She recommends a prenatal yoga practice room with eyes closed. For women that includes breathing and visualizanew to meditation, Wilson suggests child are much stronger tions. This restorative form of yoga offers lighting a scented or colored candle when she progresses through and noticing the colors and movement gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healof the flame for something physical pregnancy and birth from ing of many possible pregnancy ailments. to focus on. “This calming practice is a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try important because labor becomes like chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. a meditation,” she says. The mother ~Kristy Wilson Light finger contact from an expericopes through the contraction, then enced practitioner helps realign bony uses her meditation skills to reset, segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers and the baby is free to move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child. 18

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Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how


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the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (DementiaJourney.org).

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up

with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. ~Robert Browning

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4 Things to Do to Be Aligned and Ready for Birth by Danica Todd

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t doesn’t matter whether it is an expectant mother’s first or last pregnancy, she wonders how long the birth will take, whether or not she will have back labor, and if the baby is in a good position. There are many contributing factors, and while some may be out of one’s control, here are four ways to align the body to be ready for labor.

1. Use good posture – Sit up

straight in a chair or on a ball so the baby can engage in the pelvis in a position that is easier to navigate during labor. When pregnant women spend too much time reclining on the couch, chair or bed, they change the position of the pelvis in a way that their baby gets comfortable with their back toward mom’s back. If this happens, women can have long labors and back labor.

2. Move the body with intention – This is more than simply taking a

prenatal exercise class. Moms need to learn what position their baby is in, and where the placenta is attached, to use purposeful movement and align the uterus in the pelvis. This will help baby move into an optimal position for birth. Spinning Babies and the Rebozo Technique are great online resources for selftaught purposeful movement.

3. Get professional help – Families understand the importance of finding

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a well-trained midwife or ob-gyn as a primary provider during pregnancy but sometimes forget to use that same scrutiny when searching for additional professional support. Most modalities don’t include comprehensive prenatal trainings as part of the initial education. Highly trained practitioners seek out advanced trainings to specialize in prenatal care, so expectant moms should not be afraid to ask about qualifications when scheduling an initial appointment. Advanced trainings may include the advanced prenatal techniques of Arvigo® therapy, a physical therapist trained in pel-


vic floor health, or a chiropractor trained in the Webster technique.

4. Relax – This can be challenging

for the expectant mom. The baby will release a protein in the lungs to trigger mom’s brain to start the labor process. This means that mom is not going to be able to control if or when the baby moves into an optimal position or when she will hold her baby in her arms. The best things a mom can do is reduce the hormone cortisol by not stressing about labor, and support the alignment with gravity by completing steps one through three. Try deep breathing by inhaling to the count of four and exhaling to the count of six to calm the mind before sleep or to relax in preparation for birth.

Danica Todd is a certified doula, licensed massage therapist, and advanced Arvigo® practitioner with 15 years of experience collaborating with physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and midwives. Her practice recently moved to 720 Magnolia Rd., Ste. 15, in Charleston. For more information, call 843-826-0660 or visit DanicaTodd. com. See ad, page 20, and listing, page 35.

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ounded in 2003, the Professional Doulas of Charleston is committed to helping couples give birth in their own way by providing pregnancy, labor and postpartum support. While each doula is independently employed and designs her own services, families can expect a few core services to remain the same regardless of which professional is selected to support one’s birth. Birth/labor doulas provide support throughout pregnancy; continuous support during labor and delivery; and emotional support before, during and after delivery. Postpartum doulas specialize in newborn care in the first weeks of life, while bereavement doulas provide special support in the event of miscarriage or infant loss. Doulas are well connected with other birth professionals in the community and will be valuable as couples explore resources available for new and expectant families. Many families are excited to learn about the many options in town, including childbirth education; massage therapy; lactation consulting; acupuncture; chiropractic; moms’ groups; breastfeeding support groups; and many, many more! The first step in hiring a doula is to set up a no-obligation consultation and find the doula whose personality and birth philosophy are the best match for each family’s needs. Couples can contact doulas directly using the contact information listed on their profile on CharlestonDoulas.com or attend a Meet the Doulas event where several birth professionals are available to meet at once. Event dates are available at Facebook.com/ professionaldoulasofcharleston. See listing, page 38.

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes

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began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.

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Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at Aimee@LongevityTimes.com.


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Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website, DrAxe.com, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious t n in Asian-style soups and curries. Pla

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Rice Milk

Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has

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With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home.

Yields: About 4 cups

Yields: About 3 cups

Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes.

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces. Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.

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Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency.

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Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container.

Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending.

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Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction (Tinyurl.com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman.

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TUESDAY Mt Pleasant Farmers Market 645 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant April 4-Sept • 3:30-7pm ComeOnOvermp.com

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and pro-

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duces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter.


“My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.”

An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being

near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at BarbaraPleasant.com.

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life.

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But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at MarkNepo.com and ThreeIntentions.com. Mark Nepo will lead a retreat at the Sophia Institute May 19-21 at Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St., Charleston.

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson

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eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new mothers, I’ve found that a common

area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the

moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com. For tips on conscious grandparenting, visit our website nalowcountry.com/ conscious-grandparenting.html.

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s

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likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs:

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Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or apdt.com). The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (CrystalCanine.com).

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FRIDAY, MAY 5 SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Grand Opening – Danica Todd’s New Location – 10am-2pm. Meet Avondale’s newest massage therapist and doula. Danica Todd specializes in traditional therapeutic massage techniques and advanced prenatal therapies. Grand Opening Specials include Buy-One-Get-One Free Massages (one per person), discounted packages, raffle. Free. The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd, Charleston. 843-826-0660. Danica@DanicaTodd.com. DanicaTodd.com. Tears to Triumph with Marianne Williamson – 10am-4:30pm. With so many feeling the understandable stress of the times in which we live, it’s valid to ask how any of us can be happy in the midst of it all. In her newest book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment, Williamson places our suffering within the spiritual context of the dark night of the soul. Join her for an in-depth look at the true source of human despair and the spiritual power by which we may transcend it. $250. Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St, Charleston. 843-720-8528. Info@TheSophiaInstitute.org. TheSophiaInstitute.org/events/tears-triumph.

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Bridge to Avalon Presents: Our Annual Psychic Fair – April 29-30. 11am-5pm Sat & Sun. Our master intuitives will offer you clarity, new perspectives and empowerment on your journey! You will receive three 20-minute sessions per ticket. Reserve ahead to choose your sessions. $97 per ticket; purchase ahead as slots are limited! Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

May 9 – Munay Ki, Initiation Bands of Power - Arjuna, Patti Newman, Terry Mellot May 16 – Playing With Energy Night - Joyce Stech May 23 – Alchemical Breathwork - Frank Haessuleur May 30 – Self-Defense Workshop - Chuck Lewis

Serenity Center Open House – 12-4pm. New art to see, new teachers to experience and fresh faces to connect with. Our New Yoga Studio/Multipurpose room is open and in service. Come meet us and explore Serenity Center, the community center for Summerville. FREE. 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 843-695-9803. Carmen.SerenityCenter@gmail. com. Serenity-SC.com.

May 4 – KYM Meditation - Arjuna May 18 – Qigong - Joyce Stech May 25 – Mahatma Meditation/ Flower Reading - Lisa Moorer

Munay-Ki Initiations/Workshop – 2-4pm. The Munay-Ki are the Rites of the Shaman’s Path of the Q’ero nation, the indigenous people of the Andes in Peru. The class includes understanding the Rites/ Rituals of the Munay-Ki and being able to pass the rites on to others. $55. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@ RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com. Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like movies of this genre that make you think? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Thyroid Health Workshop – 6:30-7:45pm. Struggling with weight gain, low energy? Treated for thyroid imbalance but still feel sluggish? Tests look fine? Join Dr. Colucci and discover the root cause of thyroid imbalance and a functional medicine approach to help. Free. Limited Seating. Colucci Chiropractic, 1806 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville. 843-875-5700. ColucciChiro@gmail.com. ColucciChiropractic.com.

Bridge to the Beyond – 7-10pm. Screening of Being Mortal, a documentary that explores death and dying in different ways from the perspectives of many doctors and patients. What are your priorities when time is limited. Paige Hetherington, soul midwife, will lead the discussion that follows. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 African Market and Festival – 1-4pm. A celebration of African culture with African art, crafts, clothing, jewelry, dancers, drummers, skin care, delicious food, and silent auction. FREE. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600. UnityCharleston@msn.com. Unitychs.org. Astrology of Soul Evolution, Marriage and Family Lineage – 1-4pm. Our Soul mission and “Parental Marriage” are intimately linked. This workshop will explore how and why we are “astro-genetically” bonded to our parents and how our birth is a powerful Soul-awakening time for our parents. $77. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Free Monthly Ayurveda Q&A – 3-4pm. Curious about Ayurveda and want to know more? Join NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Jennifer Byrne, MPH, for a free monthly drop-in on the basics of this 5,000-year-old traditional medical system, and discover how understanding your Ayurvedic constitution can help you to live a longer, healthier and happier life. Lotus Healing Centre, 232 Ashley Ave, Charleston. 843-743-1814. Jennifer@ EarthenApothecary.com. EarthenApothecary.com. Messages From Heaven – 4-6pm. Join psychic mediums Carol Cottrell, Lindsay Marino and Karissa Eve for an afternoon filled with love, laughter, joy and healing as passed loved ones share evidence and messages reminding us that love never dies. $35/pre-purchased online, $50/at the door. Unitarian Church in Charleston, 4 Archdale St, Charleston. 324-324-6460. Carol@CCottrell.com. MessagesFromHeavenMay2017.Eventbrite.com.

MONDAY, MAY 8 Strengthen Your Heart Chakra: Forgive with Love – 7-8pm. Leave depression, blame and grief behind as you move toward self-love, respect and forgiveness. Practical techniques to help you strengthen and expand your heart chakra. Easyto-understand, interactive learning environment. Free drawing for a signed piece of Chakra energy art. $20. Spa Seven, 102 Wappoo Creek Dr, Ste 7, Charleston. 843-696-4016. VibraSoulArt@gmail. com. VibraSoulArt.TicketLeap.com.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Community Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. The clinic is open to Reiki Practitioners and those who would like to receive. We begin with a Centering Circle followed by 15-20 min sessions. Reiki students, this is for you! A great opportunity to gain experience! Free; Love Donations appreciated. Bodhi Tree Charleston, 772 St Andrews Blvd (inside Healing Oasis). Street parking or park next door at dentist. 843-327-4761. Maureen@BodhiTreeCharleston. com. BodhiTreeCharleston.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 The Stone Soup Collective @ The Pour House – 12-3pm. Have fun doing good. Eat delicious soup. Rock out to the music of Honey Smoke. Help The Stone Soup Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nourish Charleston, body and soul, by selling soup on a buy-one-give-one basis. $10 suggested donation. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston. 310-995-1582. Renee@TheStoneSoupCollective. com. TheStoneSoupCollective.com. The Dance of Love - Get Yactivated – 2-4pm. Looking to Free Yourself of some old labels and patterns? Joyce Stech, The Inner Treasure Activator, invites you to ask some deep questions of that Mystery You and discover who you really are. $55. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com. Spring Luau FUNraiser – 4-7pm. Hawaiian Feast accompanied by entertainment. Join us for a celebration of the creativity and talent of our co-op Participants with a day of music, dance, painting, performing and storytelling. Play garden games or just chill out. $15 Plate and Entertainment Charge. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Thyroid Health Workshop – 6:30-7:45pm. Struggling with weight gain, low energy? Treated for thyroid imbalance but still feel sluggish? Tests look fine? Join Dr. Colucci and discover the root cause of thyroid imbalance and a functional medicine approach to help. Free. Limited Seating. Colucci Chiropractic, 1806 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville. 843-875-5700. ColucciChiro@gmail.com ColucciChiropractic.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Shamanic Dream Circle with Erin Sirona – 6:308:45pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others as well as time to share your “takeaway” at the end. Please bring a snack to share. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

Munay-Ki Initiations/Bands of Power – 2-4pm. The Munay-Ki are the Rites of the Shaman’s Path of the Q’ero nation of Peru. The workshop allows you to pass this Rite on to others after completion of class. $55. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com.

Qigong - the Intelligent Exercise – 2-4pm. Qigong is a martial art designed for wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Qigong “intelligently” knows the dance and weave of your meridians and energies allowing for your integration into your energetic body. $55. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com.

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Dances of Universal Peace – 7pm. 4th Sat each month. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions. Fun and energizing. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600. UnityCharleston@msn.com. Unitychs.org.

Strengthen Your Heart Chakra: Forgive with Love – 7-8pm. Leave depression, blame and grief behind as you move toward self-love, respect and forgiveness. Practical techniques to help you strengthen and expand your heart chakra. Easyto-understand, interactive learning environment. Free drawing for a signed piece of Chakra energy art. $20. Spa Seven, 102 Wappoo Creek Dr, Ste 7, Charleston. 843-696-4016. VibraSoulArt@gmail. com. VibraSoulArt.TicketLeap.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Mahatma Energy Guided Meditation & Flower Card Reading w/ Lisa Moorer – 6:30-8pm. Mahatma Energy is all about bringing a rejuvenating healing to all the cells in your body aligning your chakras with the Universe as you become whole within Mind Body Spirit. Lisa Moorer will be giving Flower readings. 843-478-8053, InsightfulHealing.Weebly.com. $22. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimited1.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Crystalizing Your Environment – 7-9pm. Learn how to use crystals and stones in your personal or work environment to support you and assist you in creating the experiences you want as well as addressing any challenging aspects you may be facing. Receive three crystals. $67. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com. Practitioner Reiki Healing Energy Circle – 7-8:30pm. We are on a mission to create a powerful community of conscious healers devoted to awakening the greatest of human potential and to provide a supportive path for the spiritual growth of our community. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com.

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Introduction to Labyrinths – 9:30-11am. A universal tool for quieting the mind, recovering balance and reducing stress that encourages meditation, insight and self-reflection. Class will conclude with a guided walk upon the bliss backyard labyrinth. Facilitator: Holly Bendz, BendzHolly@gmail. com. 150+ FREE classes at blissSpiritualCo-op.org. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCoop.org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.

Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – May 20-21. 10am5pm Sat & Sun. This practical, hands-on workshop includes a Reiki history, in-depth discussion and practices of Reiki’s many uses, a comprehensive manual, Level I Attunement and beautiful Certificate. Teaching Reiki for over a decade! Register by May 17. 12 CEU class. $199. Bodhi Tree, 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-327-4761. Maureen@Bodhi TreeCharleston.com. BodhiTreeCharleston.com.

Crystal Trunk Show – 11am-4pm. Join Suzanne Goldston and Stephanie Jenkins for an amazing collection of crystals, stones and fossils at our trunk show! Wide range of prices with something for everyone! Many collector stones available as well as pieces suitable for wrapping for jewelry. Free. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-557-6975. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

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Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like movies of this genre that make you think? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please call to reserve your seat. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Alchemical Breathwork™ Workshop – 10am12pm. Alchemical Breathwork™ is a powerful healing and personal growth technique used to release energy blockage in the body, clear negative thought and habit patterns and bring one into greater alignment with one’s personal purpose. $55. 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@ RoyalGems.org. ResourcesUnlimted1.com. Truth Talk: “It Was Very Good - Rethinking a Religious Relationship with Earth During a Time of Climate Chaos” – 1pm. Speaker Todd LeVasseur, Religious Studies College of Charleston. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@msn. com. Unitychs.org.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Reiki Level 1 and 11 Certification – June 3-4. 10am-5pm Sat & Sun. Erin Sirona will teach and certify for both levels of Reiki over the course of this sacred and empowering weekend. Reiki is often a gateway to other healing modalities and a more expansive life experience. $497. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 CONNECTED Retreat – Sept 21-24. Whether you’re single or in a romantic relationship, with or without a significant other in attendance, this retreat is intended for you. CONNECTED focuses on examining and repairing the places in which we feel lonely, misunderstood, wounded and abandoned. $990. W Ashley Ave, Folly Beach. 843-209-8869. DianaDeaver@gmail.com. EmotionalHealthCoaching.com/connected-retreat.


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Zen Meditation Group – 8:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Email to find out the best time for you to arrive. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. Info@CharlestonZen.org. CharlestonZen.org.

Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@ yahoo.com. DrAnnJenkins.com.

Natural Health Consultations with Dr. Dean – 10am-6pm. Dr. Dean uses various modalities to treat the root cause of illnesses, including nutrition, herbs, flower remedies, energy work and overall healthy living. Please call for an initial consultation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.

Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unitychs.org. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Cir, 2nd Floor, Somerby at Park West, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. lleshay@comcast.net. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. NewSpiritbg@gmail.com. Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Need some place to practice and discuss meditation? This is the group for you. Discussion time followed by a group meditation. Please bring a meditation cushion— some chairs available. $5. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston. 843-452-7996. DrLaura.Coach@gmail.com. CharlestonHolisticCenter.com.

monday Charleston Community Acupuncture – 10am1pm & 3-5:30pm (new extended hours). 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763-7200. Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. LimeAndLotus.com. Transformational Breathing – 1:30-2:30pm. Discover how breath is the key to personal transformation. Eliminate restrictive breathing patterns, clear the subconscious, and connect more fully with one’s higher self. Heal yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. vedramoon@gmail.com. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op.org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org. Functional Fitness HIIT Class – 6-7pm. When learning the skills of exercise, health and fitness, start with the Fundamental Principles of all Movements in these focused HIIT classes. Coached for varied Fitness Levels. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration is highly recommended. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellness Collective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.

The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only.) Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-3645725. Unitychs.org.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. LimeAndLotus.com. Functional Fitness HIIT Class – 6-7pm. When learning the skills of exercise, health and fitness, start with the Fundamental Principles of all Movements in these focused HIIT classes. Coached for varied Fitness Levels. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration is highly recommended. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848. JEMichaels.com. Performing Arts – 7-8:30pm. An adult troupe of players forming to grow together in skill using theater games, creative improv and skits with a goal to perform the play Scrooge by December. No prior experience necessary. Facilitator: Pamela Ward, PamelaWard8@icloud.com. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.

Restorative Yoga Meditation – 7:15-8:15pm. Explore relaxing Yoga Meditation poses held 5-10 minutes in a peaceful, candlelit space. Guided meditation, music and props are utilized to mindfully maximize relaxation of the muscles. Check out 150+ FREE classes each month at blissSpiritualCo-op.org. All welcome. Jeannine@ PeaceLoveHarmonyCoaching.com. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op.org. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.

friday Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Very powerful work. Beneficial for humanity and self. Healing Oasis, 772 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashely. 843-743-5222. HealingOasisllc.com. TransmissionMeditation.org.

saturday Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit CompostRangers.org and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. MeditationInSouthCarolina.org. Functional Fitness HIIT Class – 11am-12pm. When learning the skills of exercise, health and fitness, start with the Fundamental Principles of all Movements in these focused HIIT classes. Coached for varied Fitness Levels. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration is highly recommended. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.

WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30pm. Come explore with us a variety of spiritual topics, meet other seeking women, and meet your tribe. Donation optional. Serenity Center, 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 314-276-7772. SerenitySC.com.

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Serving the Summerville area for 29 years. Specializing in holistic care; weight loss and nutritional cleansing; pain management; bioidentical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.

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Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor

DENTISTRY

1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913 DrAnnJenkins.com

DELITE DENTAL

Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • DeliteDental.net

Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 23.

Stop being a cavity victim. Dental health is more than just brushing and flossing two times a day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, holistic office. Call and ask for current promotion.

I SMILE MATHIS FERRY DENTISTRY

CHURCHES Unity Church of Charleston Rev. Ed Kosak, Minister 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston 843-566-0600 • Unitychs.org

Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 • MathisFerryDentistry.com

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 5.

Sunday Services: 9:30 and 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? Do you believe in many paths to God? Then please join us.

JULIE OBENCHAIN, DDS

COLON HEALTH

924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 • PleasantSmilesCFD.com

A CENTER FOR WELL-BEING

BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 11.

Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 • ACenterForWellbeing.com Therapeutic Massage, Colon Hydrotherapy, Detox Foot Baths. Healthy Food Choice Coaching, NBCTH-certified and I-ACT members. Offering people a vehicle to help improve their quality of life. Specializing in probiotic education.

CHARLESTON COLONICS

Neda Smith 250 Mathis Ferry Rd, Ste 101, Mt Pleasant 843-469-1001

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JAMES SEXTON, DMD, MAGD Please call for appointment: Mt Pleasant • 843-881-1418 Myrtle Beach • 843-293-6700

Increase energy and concentration, improve digestion, eliminate constipation, jumpstart weight loss, detox and hydrate the body! If we take good care of the bowel, we can have better health. Call for more information and to schedule an

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 8.

ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC

BE KISS PROOF

Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779 AboveAndBeyondCleaningllc.com

LipSense & SeneGence Distributor #202044 Ashley T. Caldwell BeKissProof.com

DIANA DEAVER

Emotional Health Life Coaching 843-209-8869 Working with a life coach is an intimidating but rewarding personal experience that involves quality one-on-one time and deep, meaningful inquiry. Diana’s coaching process focuses on healing painful emotional wounds, resolving self-sabotaging patterns, and creating a gentler attitude toward self.

ENERGY HEALING JENNIFER E. MICHAELS

Energy Healer and Soul Coach Artist, Author and Speaker Mt Pleasant • 843-514-2848 Jennifer@JEMichaels.com • JEMichaels.com Overcome emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues with Energy Healing and Soul Coaching. Remove blocks and move forward with grace and ease. Holy-land oils, John of God crystals, angel therapy, past-life regressions, inner-child wellness and more. Raise vibration and feel amazing!

RESOURCES UNLIMITED

Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 ResourcesUnlimited1.com • RoyalGems.org Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder of Royal Gems Matrix Healing System, Martial Artist (Kyoshi, 7th dan), author, Metaphysician, Spiritual CEO of Taoist-Yogi Christ Lineage International. Private sessions, classes, online programs.

ESSENTIAL OILS eco-cleaning

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EMOTIONAL HEALTH LIFE COACHINg

The lipstick and makeup that doesn’t budge! 4-18 hours of wear!

Healthy living starts with an ecoclean home or office. Health and wholeness are our top priorities by providing our clients with a “green” clean by using natural and botanical cleaning products.

YOUNG LIVING

Roberta Philbrick 843-826-4086 • RLPhilbr13@aol.com YoungLiving.com ID#3441572 As a Team Leader and Independent Distributor for Young Living, I specialize in Longevity and Wellness. Essential oils are the natural way to clean up your home and environment. Let me share with you how they can also benefit your mental and physical well-being. Call to schedule individual or group classes.

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FITNESS SEED OF LIFE COLLECTIVE

Andrew Dean, ISFTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Therapist 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-475-2156 TransformUniversalFitness@yahoo.com HolisticHealthTrainer.com Specialized in the Fundamental Movements of the Body and the Natural Laws in Nutrition. Interested in the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise and the Natural Laws of Nutrition? Classes and Programs available now! Call Today!

HEALTH FOOD STORES EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956 EucalyptusWellness.com

Vitamins and supplements, CBD oil, bulk herbs, Wyndmere and doTerra essential oils, alkaline ionized water, facial and body care. New Elixir Bar! Herbal elixirs, blended drinks and fresh raw juices. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. Saturdays 8am-7pm, Sundays, 11am-5pm.

GOD’S GREEN ACRE

1240-C Central Ave, Summerville 843-873-3953 GodsGreenAcreOnline.com Your doorway to total health. Serving Summerville for over 40 years. Natural and gluten-free products. Probiotics, organic oils, vitamins and supplements, essential oils and more.

KANGEN IONIZED WATER

Jennifer Iamele Savage, MEd

Water is the single most important element that goes in our body. Drinking the right type of water may be the single most important piece in achieving and maintaining optimal health. Visit KangenDemo. com to see a comparison. View all eight machines at TopShelfWater.net. Financing at zero interest.

A trained Montessori educator and intuitive life coach, specializing in transitions and soul purpose coaching. Eliminate blocks, work through transitions, and discover your purpose. Courses on the use of essential oils for healing, journaling and vision boards to manifest your dreams.

Change your water, change your life! Thomas P Meletis, Distributor 843-729-7837 • TPM13@aol.com

HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY LANCE GARLAND

Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 CharlestonHolisticCenter.com Eicensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 4.

INTUITIVE GUIDANCE CAROL COTTRELL, INTUITIVE MEDIUM

Best selection of herbs in South Carolina. Organic teas, spices, supplements, essential oils, wheat-free and gluten-free products. 10am-7pm Mon-Sat; closed Sunday.

HEALTH & WELLNESS BEMER DISTRIBUTOR

Gerry Schmidt, PhD 843-588-9286 • HelpCirculation.com Gerry.Lee.Schmidt@gmail.com Reverse aging in just eight minutes, two times a day with BEMER—reduces inflammation, pain, digestive issues, improves sleep and energy/vitality, plus more. Used by NASA and Olympic teams in 42 countries for 15 years. Try it free.

ALEKA THORVALSON, CPC, PCC

Aloha Healing Arts Life Strategies Coaching and Hypnosis 843-870-7455 • Alekasky.com

Federation.

Achieve lasting transformation that awakens the whole self. Release blocks, gain clarity, purpose, inspiration and motivation. Individuals—Couples—Families. Professionally credentialed coach with the International Coach

ORGANIC SALON & BOUTIQUE COTTAGE AROMA BELLA DAY SPA

2671 Ft Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 CottageAromaBella.com Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 40.

By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-324-6460 • Carol@CCottrell.com CCottrell.com Connect with passed loved ones to experience healing, love and guidance. Individual or group readings available in person or via Skype. Mediumship classes also available.

VITAMIN PLUS+

Herbs and Health Foods 119 N Goose Creek Blvd, Ste K Goose Creek • 843-797-3200

Certified Life Coach 508-942-0402 InspirationAndBliss.com

life coach Victoria Hargis 843-284-6810 VictoriaHargis.com

Eliminate emotional barriers and live life free! PTSD intervention, anxiety and trauma release. Leadership Coach. Fast and permanent results. Master Coach Certified. NLP, brain retraining, PSTEC. Services provided in HIPPA compliant platform online or in person.

J SALON

Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 • JodyLemmon.com J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long-lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 19.

SALON INDIGO

732 S Shelmore Blvd, Ste 100 Mt Pleasant (Shelmore Village) 843-991-6835 Our experienced team of hairstylists and skin care specialist use 100 percent-certified organic products. We specialize in haircutting, coloring and make-up application. We sell All Nutrient™, Moroccan Oils, Dr. Hauschka™, 100% Pure™, iLike™ and many other boutique items.

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PREGNANCY SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL DOULAS OF CHARLESTON

SPIRITUAL LIFE COACH LAURA GRIFFITH GARLAND

CharlestonDoulas.com

Emotional, physical and educational support for women during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum.

Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 • DrLaura.Coach@gmail.com CharlestonReikiAndTarot.com Transform your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary by understanding how the aspects of your being interact and block your progress. Together, we can heal your past and find your true future. See ad, page 21.

reiki BODHI TREE CHARLESTON

Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 • BodhiTreeCharleston.com Client-focused, heart-centered, therapeutic reiki and massage. Maureen Donohue is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, massage therapist and Medical Reiki Master, teaching reiki classes throughout the Southeast, approved by NCBTMB as a CEU provider.

RIVER OF LIFE

Eileen Ayers Mino, RN, Reiki Holy Fire Master Teacher • Reiki and Past-Life Recall 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville 860-857-4815 Usui HF Reiki Treatments and classes—Reiki I to Master. Reiki works on all levels of Body, Mind and Spirit. Past-Life Recall— explore your past; tap into your subconscious.

soul coach WE EMPOWER CONSCIOUSNESS

Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • wperrell@wppec.com Meetup: Charleston~Align with Your Soul’s Purpose Your Soul speaks to me! I channel Archangel Raphael to help you heal fear, guilt, shame, unworthiness and unlovable energy that holds you back from your Soul’s purpose. We provide spiritual tools and practices that enlighten and empower you to enjoy love, wealth, health, joy and balance.

THERMOGRAPHY BREAST THERMOGRAPHY INTL Shanna Schulze Rivera 877-315-7226, ext 447 EarlyDetectionIsKey@gmail.com btiscan.com

Radiation-free cancer and inflammation screening. Locations in South Florida, West Florida and South Carolina. Injury documentation, determine origination of pain, evaluate nerve pathology and monitor progress of current treatments.

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Transformational Coach GERRY SCHMIDT, PhD

Master Coach Central location • 843-478-4090 GerrySchmidt.com Awaken to who you really are. Get unstuck, empowered, implement your vision. Never let fear decide your fate. Get results. Individuals, families, group sessions. Complimentary intro session. See ad, page 9.

Transformational RELATIONSHIP Coach GLENN S. COHEN

845 Lowcountry Blvd, Ste C, Mt Pleasant 843-852-9828 • Glenn@GlennSCohen.com GlennSCohen.com Coaching both individuals and couples through an innovative process to challenge you to transform old programing, move beyond your fears, and step into living and loving as your heart desires.

WOMEN’S HEALTH DR. STEPHANIE ZGRAGGEN, DC, MS, CNS, CCN

Lime and Lotus LLC Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 • Hello@DrZgraggen.com HealYourHormonesNow.com Painful periods? Hot flashes? Fatigue? Weight gain? Let us help you balance your hormones naturally with the use of food and herbs.

Chronic Pain Plus: Hybrid Vehicles

June articles include: Natural Remedies for Pain, Prevent and Ease Shingles plus Hybrid Vehicles Update and so much more!

To advertise or participate in our next issue, call 843-821-7404

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