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How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig



27 TEARS TO TRIUMPH The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson


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elcome to my first anniversary issue as your   publisher! I hope you have enjoyed the changes we have incorporated in the last year as much as we enjoy bringing this magazine to you each month. My intent in walking down this path was to combine my passion for wellness of people and the planet with my desire to make a difference. Natural Awakenings magazines have helped small, fledgling holistic communities in many cities grow and flourish. I want to see that happen here. I am grateful for the many new friends I have made this year, and I am so excited about the year ahead. There are great changes to come, both to our print edition and in our online presence. Keep reading, follow us on Facebook, and subscribe to receive our monthly digital e-zine and updates via email. Visit to subscribe. While Earth Day is on April 22, it is celebrated throughout the month (see page 15 for some local events). This year, it is clearly more important than ever to focus on the need to protect our planet. This issue is full of articles that both educate and inspire us to do just that. The Global Brief titled “Teens Find Drought Solution in South Africa” is certainly inspirational. A South African girl created a polymer that absorbs and stores reserves of water 100 times its own weight—from kitchen scraps! More examples of innovative, inspirational young people can be found in “New Wave: Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans.” While climate change is a reality we must face, the conscientious youth featured in these articles show us that there is hope. Ecosystems are a theme this month. Our exploration takes us as close as our own front yard, and as far as the future of the entire planet. “Eco Yards,” on page 19, gives us the bad news that turf is “an ecological nightmare” but also provides some beautiful, earth-friendly alternatives. In “How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity,” Cambridge University conservationist Tony Juniper advocates a more holistic definition of “prosperity.” He shares the example of growing cocoa on the Ivory Coast. While many poor rural farmers make a living growing cocoa there, destroying tropical rain forests to grow more would ultimately result in droughts and would be counterproductive. It is important that we not sacrifice long-term well-being for short-term gains. The article also discusses the need to incorporate green space as our urban areas continue to grow. Scientific studies confirm that being in nature offers real physical and mental health benefits, but I suspect most of us in this area don’t need a scientist to tell us that. All we need to do is walk on the beach, paddle through a creek, or look at one of our spectacular sunsets to gain perspective and breathe easier. Another perk of being your publisher is getting to meet some of my heroes. Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting mind-body pioneer Joan Borysenko at her workshop at The Sophia Institute. This month, the Sophia Institute hosts internationally acclaimed author and speaker Marianne Williamson. Williamson is the author of 12 books and has been a guest on many TV shows, including nearly 20 appearances on Oprah. See her article on page 27 from her latest book, From Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment. I read Williamson’s spiritual classic A Return to Love more than 20 years ago, and it literally changed the way I view the world. This month, I leave you with a quote from the book.

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harleston County’s 18 annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park, in North Charleston. Earth Day, held nationally on April 22, was established as a national holiday in 1970 and is now celebrated by more than a half-billion people worldwide. The purpose of Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival is to educate lowcountry residents about environmental issues in a celebratory atmosphere. This year’s theme is Recycle Right. Activities will include an Earth Day art contest, reptile and bird demonstrations, live musical acts, and a variety of educational and interactive exhibits focused on promoting environmental stewardship. Back by popular demand is a scavenger hunt where attendees can learn about various exhibitors and receive a prize for participating! This year, a focal point of the event will be an educational tent featuring various Charleston County recycling programs and how Charleston County residents can get involved. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take free samples of finished compost home with them. There will be plenty of opportunities for attendees to enjoy food from local vendors. Food vendors are expected to serve their food with exclusively compostable material, limiting landfill waste at the event. Parking, admission and all activities are absolutely free!


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he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brandnew look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit 8

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Healing Connection Network: a Platform for Healers


he Healing Connection Network (HCN) was created by Anne-Marie and Scott Wiesman to fill a need they saw when they moved to Charleston and were searching for alternative practitioners. While they managed to find some practitioners in Natural Awakenings, they learned of others through word of mouth and discovered that not only were they not in print but also had no online presence. So, they set out to build an online platform and network offering free online listings to healing, wellness and holistic professionals. The Healing Connection Network platform also includes a radio show. HCN Radio is co-hosted by Anne-Marie and Shajen Joy Aziz, who is a speaker, author and co-creator of the international bestselling book and film Discover the Gift. The show will air weekly on BeLive.TV and on Facebook live simultaneously. The HCN Radio show interviews celebrities, leaders, authors, humanitarians, healers, lightworkers and others who are sharing their message and gifts to spread more healing into the world. On April 20 at 1 p.m., Anne-Marie and Aziz will be interviewing our very own local and hilarious YouTube sensation JP Sears. The mission of HCN and HCN Radio is to spread more healing into the world and to provide the platform for healers and those individuals and companies making a positive difference in the world to be discovered and for their work to be highlighted. To become a part of the Healing Connection Network or to learn more, visit

Lime and Lotus Spring Holistic Health and Wellness Fair


ime and Lotus Healing Arts Center is proud to announce a collaborative Spring Holistic Health and Wellness Fair to be held on Wednesday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the center, located at 925 Wappoo Road, Suite F, in Charleston. Attendees of the drop-in event will be treated to an evening of health, wellness and screenings. They will have the opportunity to meet Charleston community holistic practitioners, indulge in complimentary mini sessions, receive free health screenings, and enjoy some wine and appetizers. Food and wine will be provided by Lime and Lotus, Healthy Home Foods, and Yum Yum Vegan Cookies. Mini sessions and screenings offered include: • Hand Massages – Miriam Bumgarner, LMT – Lime and Lotus • Body Toxicity Scan – Stephanie Zgraggen, DC – Lime and Lotus • Ayurvedic Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis – Melody Rogers – Seed of Life Collective • Carpal Tunnel Screening – Shea Sirisky Cianciolo, DC – Lime and Lotus • Posture Analysis – Melody Rogers – Seed of Life Collective • Stress Relievers – Judith Greenfarb, LCSW, RYT – Lime and Lotus • Energy Alignment Assessment – Jean Maczko, LMT – The Collective • Adult ADHD Screening – Anisha Gulati, MD – Lime and Lotus • Face and Skin Analysis – Natalie Venancio – Lime and Lotus • Organic Skin Care Samples – Lime and Lotus Organics • Mini Oracle Readings – Madison Rosenberger • Aura Photography (nominal fee) – Chris Tertzagian – Beaming Love For more information, call 843-214-2997, email or visit See listing, page 41.

Spring Workshops at Springbank Retreat

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t Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, it’s a time for renewal with the emergence of spring flowers and the celebration of Easter. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. Springbank will be offering the following workshops this spring. Icon Painting as Prayer will be led Saturday through Saturday, April 1 to 8, by Christopher Marie Wagner. Icon writing is a spiritual exercise using paint and brush to enter into the world of the eternal. You can deepen your prayer experience through the writing of an icon of St. Mary Magdalene. This class incorporates an introduction to the history, theology and symbolism of icons, as well as techniques in gold leafing and painting on a board that has been prepared with white gesso. Each participant will complete an icon of St. Mary Magdalene using acrylic paints. No art experience is necessary. The Paschal Mystery of Our Time: An Easter Triduum Retreat will be offered Thursday through Sunday, April 13 to 16, by the Springbank staff. They will explain how our experience of Easter gives us hope in a time of ecological crisis. The retreat includes Holy Thursday Seder/Eucharist, Good Friday Way of the Cross, Prayer Lodge, Holy Saturday, Great Easter Fire/Vigil at Mepkin Abbey with the Trappist Brothers, and Easter morning resurrection ritual/ceremony, followed by Easter brunch. Several other retreats/workshops are planned, but dates have not been finalized, including the Emergence of Integral Ecology Retreat, DrumMaking, and Healing Oils of the Bible. Drum-Making will involve creating and shaping a hand-held drum in the native tradition. Blessing and awakening of the drum is an essential ritual to give voice to the drum. In Healing Oils of the Bible, participants will learn about essential oils for healing, cleansing and holy anointing for promoting daily health and vitality. Program fees include lodging and meals. Location: 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. For more information, call 843-382-9777, email Springbank@ or visit See ad, this page.

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Drinking More Water Improves Food Intake

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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.

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arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.


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uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two nonconsecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.

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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, doubleblind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.


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Sage Linked to Cognitive Health


2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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Saving Sharks

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.


Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers

Dirty Driving

Traffic Pollution Chokes Big Cities Worldwide When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York. Source: 12

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Ocean Sanctuaries Expand in Pacific

Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society

Tree Terminators


In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.

Growing Organics

Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres

Water Saver

Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly.



Insects Assault America’s Forests

According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source:

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March for Science this Earth Day Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidencebased standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program co-chairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit

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Every Day by Sandra Murphy


he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day.


Think Earth Day


Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 15 • 11am to 4pm Riverfront Park, North Charleston Produced by Charleston County, this is a family fun and educational event. Free admission, activities, music, vendors, bird and reptile demonstrations, and more. Parking available with shuttle service. See ad, this page. MUSC’s Ninth Annual Earth Day Celebration Wednesday, April 12 • 11:00am - 2:00pm MUSC Horseshoe, 171 Ashley Ave Earth Day features environmentally conscious companies, organizations and artists that contribute to healthier lives and a healthier planet. Last year, they hosted more than 60 exhibitors at the event and thousands of MUSC employees, patients and guests. With the exception of nonprofits, farms and those who donate a door prize, a $45 fee is required for vendors. Keep North Charleston Beautiful Plant Some Milkweed for the Butterflies Wednesday, April 19 • 9:00am - Noon 4800 Park Circle Keep North Charleston Beautiful will be planting milkweed, a plant the Monarch butterflies need to survive, in the Park Circle Butterfly Garden to celebrate Earth Day.

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How to Create Helpful Home Habitats We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (, notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres. natural awakenings

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I started out my professional career in corporate marketing, then moved out into marketing consulting. The focus of my business was for corporate clients and then professional practices. I became a vice president for account services in an ad and public relations firm. Not long ago, my husband and I decided it was time to start something new. We investigated, then decided on a new business in a different arena from what we had done before. We were also getting tired of dealing with the weather, so a new place was in the picture as well. We had lived in North Carolina in the past and had since moved to Long Island and then Buffalo, New York. We discovered Charleston more than 30 years ago when we lived in North Carolina. We loved it then, and we

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We wanted to stay in the wellness space and start a business that had value to us and others. We looked at many concepts before we decided on a massage franchise, the first one of its kind in the area.   I own a studio in north Mt. Pleasant with my husband. I love being able to bring the healing power of massage to so many people. I’ve created a space that is spa-like and relaxing. Many of our members come in on a regular schedule. Regular massage helps relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Massage can also help you keep up an active lifestyle and stay well. I wanted to be able to continue to stay active, play golf, tennis, etc. I knew from experience that massage could help us do this. The massage franchise

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Empowering Families in the Fight Against Obesity: An interview with Louis Yuhasz, founder of Louie’s Kids by Jennifer Iamele Savage

How did your organization get started? Yuhasz: When you or a loved one is obese, you learn to live with stares, humiliation and prejudice. My family and I learned to live with pride and to ignore people’s comments and stares; they didn’t know our dad, Louie, and his tremendous heart—they only saw his tremendous size. Our dad made us better human beings because of his compassion and fearlessness, and he never missed an opportunity to stand up for himself. He rarely missed a day of work in his 50-plus-year career. In January of 2001, I lost my father to complications due to obesity. He weighed 550 lbs. at the time of his death and had suffered a second stroke, which took his life. A few months after my father’s death, I watched an episode of Oprah; it was about a woman who was helping some kids in a camp that didn’t have much money for supplies, like crayons, coloring books and art supplies. She decided to begin randomly sending things to help offset expenses at a camp to honor the memory of a loved one. I don’t remember the specific details, but I remember knowing in that instant that my life would change again in a good way because of my dad. Thus, the idea of Louie’s Kids was born.

How do you serve the lowcountry? Yuhasz: Louie’s Kids has been serving the children of the lowcountry and their families for the last 16 years—summer camp scholarships for children struggling with their weight, physical fitness program memberships, parent counseling, group counseling, running programs for the entire family and

Yuhasz: As a small nonprofit, we count on volunteers to make things happen for our kids, our programs and our events. Opportunities for volunteers range from assisting our staff with various programs to calling kids to follow up on their progress to being on a committee for a fundraising event. If you have a knack for public relations or a business mind and want to assist us at an event or to spread awareness on our cause or mission, we welcome that, too. You can commit to as much or as little as your time allows.

What have been some of the greatest successes of your organization? Yuhasz: Every child whose life I have had the privilege to touch has been a success, a gift. You know, quite honestly, I used to wonder as a child why I got the obese father I did. God has shown me why in this work. There are a couple of kids, of course, who come to mind—very successful kids who, along with their parents, have had a lot of weight-loss success—but the last 16 years has truly been about a power greater than myself. I wouldn’t trade the past 16 years for anything in the world. Forget the TV shows we’ve been on, the media recognition, the successful fundraisers, and the years in after-school weight-loss programs, the idea that one child, one family, has had any success is truly a gift. I feel blessed every day that I continue to honor my father and make a profound impact on children’s lives. For more information on how to get involved with Louie’s Kids, email or visit Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Passionate about raising consciousness, Savage uses these as vehicles to help people find their voice and empower them to utilize their resources. Connect with her at

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Better Community Through Soup? That’s the Aim of The Stone Soup Collective


harleston is blessed with fertile soil and skilled, hardworking farmers who grow bountiful crops. But demand and yields are unpredictable, leaving a tragic amount of this bounty in the compost heap. Meanwhile, an estimated 140,000 people in the lowcountry are food insecure, about half of whom are children and seniors. In fact, the Charleston area Meals on Wheels program has a waiting list of 150 low-income mobility-impaired seniors. This scarcity amid abundance is calling for a solution. A team of local volunteers is answering the call by forming a nonprofit called The Stone Soup Collective. The Stone Soup Collective will empower people to purchase delicious, healthy soup made from mostly local ingredients to feed themselves and their families conveniently—with a generous side of good karma. For each nourishing bowl purchased, a bowl will be given to someone in need. The first recipients of their gifted soup will be seniors served by Charleston Area Senior Citizens, the nonprofit that runs the Meals on Wheels program in the city. Through the generous donations of local farmers who have “excess” produce, they anticipate being able to offer their soup at a reasonable price (about $5 a bowl), accomplish bowl-for-bowl gifting, and be financially self-sustaining.


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Asked about what motivated her to start this venture, The Collective’s founder, Renée Orth, explained: “I see people suffering because of a lack in their lives—security, food, love, meaning—and I look around and see that everything we need is right here. Mostly what is keeping us from living lives of abundance and wholeness is the idea that it’s impossible, that scarcity is a law of nature, like gravity. For one person to win, someone else has to lose. Our intention is for The Stone Soup Collective to be proof that this simply isn’t so. We can all win.” Orth and her co-founders know that regardless of their good intentions, their success hinges on the answer to one question: Is the soup irresistibly delicious? While they are committed to their offerings being healthy, they are confident they can also satisfy the discerning palates of Charleston foodies. Soup recipes in development include Smoky Collards with Black-Eyed Peas, and Sweet Potato and Bean with Mole (chocolate is one reason their soups are mostly local!). A version of their Creamy Peanut Ginger Carrot soup met with enthusiastic approval at a recent Slow Food Charleston potluck. The Stone Soup Collective’s motto, “Better community through soup,” may, at first, seem a bit simplistic, but the experience of The Collective’s team of volunteers has already proven the power

in this idea. Not only have they—nearly all strangers to one another before this idea brought them together—become a tight-knit community, but their requests for help have met with incredible support. Geno DiMaria and his crew at Block One Studios created a powerful video that will be released with the launch of their upcoming crowdfunding campaign. Local artist Tami Boyce is creating a logo for the venture. Sweetgrass Gardens, a nonprofit farm on Johns Island, is opening its commercial kitchen for their use. The team is looking forward to seeing what other collaborations and opportunities for community co-creation lie in store. The Collective launched its crowdfunding campaign to raise startup capital on March 21. Supporters can donate money or pre-purchase soup. They aim to raise enough to purchase a food truck. In addition to serving hot soup from the truck, they will also be serving the Charleston area via a “Soupscription”—somewhat like the milkman service of yesteryear, The Collective will deliver packaged soup to neighborhood hubs (offices, schools, farmers markets, etc.) on a weekly schedule. A smartphone app (a contribution from local software developer Mike McElligott) is in the works that will make both food truck and Soup-scription ordering and payment convenient.

For more information or to add your time and talents to this project, contact Renée Orth at 310-995-1582 or, or join their Facebook group, Friends of The Stone Soup Collective.

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ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type natural awakenings

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who 20

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covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping

A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live,

saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.


Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they

replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be

easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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Regenerative Cellular Therapy: Changing the Way We View and Treat Pain by The Back2Health Team


riving home one evening, something just doesn’t feel right about the car—something is off. Next, the check engine light comes on. Do we keep driving until the car breaks down or take the car to the mechanic as soon as possible? Considering how vital cars are to us on a daily basis and considering their cost, most likely we would take the car to a mechanic. Ignoring the warning could seriously damage an expensive item, possibly even rendering it useless. Now, consider the body. Pain is the body’s “check engine light.” Pain is trying to tell us something is off and needs our attention. However, pain and the belief that it’s a “normal” part of life lead too many people to ignore the warning signs. For others, bad experiences with doctors may cause them to be hesitant to seek help. Here are some sobering statistics about the prevalence of pain in our society: 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. During the past year, 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 have experienced chronic knee pain. There has been some incredible progress


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made in the field of pain management and yet the majority of doctors keep prescribing pain medication, which only serves to temporarily numb pain. Deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999. The other traditional go-tos are steroids and, ultimately, surgery—an option that merits at least a 20-page article, given its failure rate and complications. Our body is made of four different types of body tissue. Body tissue refers to a grouping of cells, arranged together in a highly organized manner according to specific structure and function. These tissues then make up organs and various parts of the body. Trauma, surgery and aging all cause damage to our tissue. Most pain, be it an aching pain, a stabbing pain, soreness or other type, comes from tissue damage. What options are available to informed patients suffering from pain who don’t want more pills, steroids or surgery? One of the most promising approaches is regenerative cellular therapy (RCT). A simple, lasting outpatient procedure, RCT requires no hospitalization and provides long-last-

ing relief from joint pain. An adaptable filler of decellularized connective tissue matrix is injected into the problem area. This particulate human tissue, derived from the placenta of a healthy, full-term pregnancy, allows for cell adherence and growth during tissue repair. It provides structural support while maintaining elasticity, replaces damaged soft tissue, and supplements and augments inadequate connective tissues. Rather than thinking RCT is magical, it is important to be realistic. There is no doctor and no treatment that can ensure 100 percent success for any patient. A high percentage of patients report great success in reduction of pain after undergoing RCT. However, success depends on a number of things, such as age, medication, severity of the problem, physical activity, and overall health. The first step is finding a reputable clinic that offers this therapy. After a comprehensive medical examination, the determination can be made as to whether or not one is a good candidate for the therapy. It’s very important to follow a doctor’s protocol for RCT before, during and after treatment. Although RCT works very well as a standalone, chances for success improve with the addition of certain treatments, such as laser therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, and physical therapy. Unfortunately, insurance companies rely on prescription pills and surgery as quick fixes to a person’s health issues. Don’t let non-coverage deter the search for a real solution with few side effects. If health isn’t worth spending money on, then the alternative may be accepting a life with pain. Stop accepting pain as normal. It isn’t. Stop accepting traditional treatments as acceptable solutions despite the temporary relief they provide while delivering harmful side effects. Give health, well-being and quality of life the time and importance they deserve. Become an informed patient and search out a clinic with doctors who are forward thinking and who keep up to date with the latest developments in the field of medicine. For more information, call Back2Health at 843-203-8313. See ad, page 44.


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to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage

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anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pas-

ture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming

practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass. When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those Cole affords, but on a larger and more efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

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Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammationfighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and natural awakenings

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More than 90 percent of eggs sold today come from giant egg factories. ~ Pete and Gerry’s, America’s first Certified Humane egg producer “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.  Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Eggs to Trust Here’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for well-raised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in Pasture-Raised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recently, they pioneered a process to make “culling” (killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.” 26

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ome area farmers markets are open year round, while others hibernate for the winter. Spring is coming! Many will be rising back up early in April, so we have listed them here for your convenience.


Moncks Corner Farmers Market

North Mt Pleasant Farmers Market (at Rusty Rudder)

418 E Main St, Moncks Corner April 7-Dec 16 • 3-7pm

3563 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant April 2-Nov • 11am-3pm

North Charleston/Park Circle Farmers Market

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market 1977 Maybank Hwy, James Island (behind the Pour House) Feb 5-Dec 17 • 11am-3pm

MONDAY Folly Beach Farmers Market Folly River Park Center St, Folly Beach April 3-Nov • 4-8pm

Freshfields Village Farmers Market 165 Village Green Ln (Crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands) June 5-Aug • 4-8pm

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

WEDNESDAY West Ashley Farmers Market Ackerman Park 55 Sycamore Ave, Charleston April 19-Oct 4 • 3-7pm westashley

THURSDAY New Location! Daniel Island Farmers Market Refuel Service Station, 860 Island Park Dr, Daniel Island May 4-Aug 31 • 3-6pm

Felix Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle May 4-Oct 26 • 3-7pm

Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market 1921 Ion Ave (in front of Poe Library), Sullivan’s Island April 6-June 29 • 2:30-7pm

FRIDAY MUSC Farmers Market 171 Ashley Ave, Charleston Year round • 7am-3:30pm

SATURDAY Charleston Farmers Market 329 Meeting St, Charleston (Marion Square) April 8-Nov 25 • 8am-2pm

Goose Creek Farmers Market 150 Howe Hall Rd, Goose Creek April 22-Sept • 8am-2pm page_info

James Island Presbyterian Church Farmers Market 1632 Ft Johnson Rd, James Island 9am-6pm most Saturdays special-services/farmers-market

New Location! Johns Island “Homegrown” Sustainable Farmers Market 2024 Academy Rd, Johns Island Year round • 10am-2pm

Summerville Farmers Market 200 S Main St, Summerville April 8 • 8am-1pm

“Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment” by Marianne Williamson

From Chapter 1: “Surrendering Our Sorrow”


t times the light derives from realizations that we come to while we are in the darkness. Periods of suffering are not always detours on the journey to enlightenment but can serve as significant stops along the way. Personal demons that emerge from the dark cave of deep sadness cannot just be “treated”; they must be dissolved through the light of self-awareness. Everything that needs to be looked at must be looked at; everything that needs to be understood must be understood; and every prayer that needs to be prayed must be prayed. And this can take time. A period of emotional suffering is often not simply a symptom of our depression as much as a necessary factor in healing it. It can be what we need to move through, and best not avoid, in journeying to the place where we suffer no more. Sometimes, therefore, we have to make room for our emotional pain. Months of grief might be at times what we need to go through, processing the mysteries of love and loss in order to finally see that in spirit there is no loss and that in God there is always hope. Such mourning is a sacred journey, and it cannot and should not be rushed. If we have forty-five tears to cry, then crying seventeen is not enough. Deep sorrow is a fever of the soul, and within the psyche as within

the body, the fever breaks when the fever breaks. The tendency to repair—an inborn immune system always moving in the direction of healing—exists in the mind as well as in the body. We simply need to give it time. The potential for heartbreak always exists; it is part of the human experience. Where there is love, there is happiness. But where the bonds of love are broken, there is pain. Given the fact that the world is so dominated by fear, and so resistant in many ways to love, how could our hearts not be torn at times by the pain of simply living here? And once you’ve lived enough, you know this. You come to live with it, and to live with it gracefully. You learn to take the hits, and to know that they’re simply part of living. “Hello darkness, my old friend; I’ve come to talk with you again” is more than a song lyric by Simon and Garfunkel; it describes an attitude of acceptance that this week, or this month, or even this year might be hard—but you know you will live through it. And in some ways, who we become because we lived through it is someone more alive—perhaps even more beautiful— than who we were before. In the words of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” Depression is an emotional fall, sometimes into a very deep, dark valley. That is true. Yet a life of spiritual

triumph is not one in which we never fall into that valley; it is one in which, if and when we do fall, we’ve learned how to get ourselves out of it. We need emotional muscles in order to rise up emotionally, just as we need physical muscles in order to rise up physically. And developing those muscles is the work of the soul. It is the search for God and the finding of our true selves. God is not outside us but within—the Love that is the essence of who we truly are. We live within God and God lives within us. The pain of the world is the unbearable suffering of living outside the circle of our relationship to God, for outside that relationship we are separate from ourselves. What could be more depressing than to live in separation from who we are? And what could be more natural than the fact that we seek wholeness in places where our hearts have been torn? Falling to our knees in pain has been, for many of us, how we first fell to our knees in prayer. At moments when the pain is simply too much to take, the body itself is wired for humility before God. No matter what problem has entered our lives, no matter what pain has seared our hearts, the one fundamental answer is the attainment of the peace of God. A Course in Miracles teaches that we think we have many different problems, but we only really have one: our separation from God. This book is about the alleviation of our suffering: sometimes through prayer, sometimes through forgiveness, and always through the surrender and release of all our thoughts that are not of God.

Therein lies inner peace.

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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic


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eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.

Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist? We are measuring economic growth crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated

wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

Are true eco-cities and eco-suburbs feasible? We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing

increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

What can citizens do to strengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, long-term environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future.

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Youth worldwide are engaging in innovative ways to activate their communities and combat ocean pollution. Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, of Carrefour, Haiti, won the 2016 Millennium Oceans Prize for a win-win solution to urban waste, ocean pollution and unemployment. During Haiti’s rainy season, the city’s streets carry trash to the sea. The brothers developed a waste management system and mobilized community youth to help keep the streets clean, in turn protecting the waters upon which the island community depends. Students from Borrisoleigh, Ireland, won the EurOcean Foundation’s European Mário Ruivo Prize for a marine trash-fighting solution called Bags with Tags, in December. Laura Hutchinson and Antoinette Atik designed stylish totes to curb the use of plastic bags, including magnetic tags for easier retrieval from waterways; they worked with local stores to distribute them at points of sale. In another 2016 Professor Mário Ruivo Prize finalist effort, students from the island of Malta developed a way to keep waste from falling out of the usually open trash bins serving local ferries that transport 4 million passengers annually by collaborating with town officials to place three marine-friendly containers near the ferry departure point. Such student initiatives demonstrate how simple solutions, driven by passionate advocates, can improve our troubled waters.


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NEW WAVE Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans by April Thompson


arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for related issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine

life and become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,” says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects. Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-to-peer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell.

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Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the youth leaders working to bridge the generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United

Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.”

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What We Can Do Now Everyone has a part to play in keeping oceans clean and healthy. Here are some ways concerned individuals of all ages can help. Do away with disposable plastics. Use reusable alternatives to single-use plastics such as plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, takeaway cups and straws, all of which clog the oceans and endanger 600 aquatic species due to ingestion or entanglement. Green what drains. Anything that washes down the drain can end up in waterways. Avoid dumping chemicals like paint, oil and solvents and opt for non-toxic cleaning products like DIY cleaners made from vinegar and baking soda, which are safe for people and the seas. Eat smart. Per a 2016 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, nearly a third of commercial fish stocks are now fished at dangerously unsustainable levels. Find best choices on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s downloadable sustainable seafood guide and app at when dining or shopping, and ask seafood eateries and fish counters to carry ocean-friendly selections. Reduce fertilizers. Fertilizer runoff from gardens and commercial agriculture eventually end up in oceans, leading to “dead zones” with low levels of oxygen that kill aquatic life. Cut energy use. Carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption is turning oceans acidic, which is particularly harmful to coral reefs. Use energy-efficient appliances and vehicles, opt for renewable energy plans from local utilities and bike, walk and take public transit.

Your Yard & Garden This Month with Justin Gough of EarthFriendly Landscapes

April Tasks o Aeration of turf o Fertilize turf and shrubs o Proactive treatments for insects

o Plant your garden o Turn and apply compost o Selective pruning of trees and shrubs

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ECO-FRIENDLY HOME BUILDING Innovations Boost Energy Efficiency by John D. Ivanko and Liam Kivirist

Smart, innovative, technological breakthroughs are making buildings more energy-efficient, healthier to live in and highly attuned to our connected world.


omeowners continue to be interested in green building options because they help foster a healthier, more comfortable and affordable home—and it’s good for the environment,” says Dan Chiras, Ph.D., of Gerald, Missouri, founding director of the Evergreen Institute and author of The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy.

Panel Insulation

“Structural insulated panels in walls, roofs and floors dramatically reduce air leakage and heat loss through thermal bridging, or heat conduction through framing materials, facilitating a more energy-efficient home that can maintain comfortable temperatures with lower fuel bills than a conventionally built home,” advises Chiras. Find manufacturers via the Structural Insulated Panel Association at

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“The energy recovery ventilator, or ERV, ensures fresh air in tightly sealed homes

with little heat loss,” adds Chiras. The UltimateAir RecoupAerator, a wholehouse air filtration ERV, also flushes out harmful airborne pollutants commonly found in residences, replacing them with clean, fresh, healthy air.

Solar Monitor

“Many solar energy users want to monitor their system using their computer, tablet or smartphone through advances in energy software,” says Allison Lindquist, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which hosts the Annual Energy Fair and sustainable living event every June in Custer, Wisconsin. “One highlight last year was PacketFlux Technologies’ SiteMonitor.” “When a homeowner views their energy monitoring data, they quickly begin seeing the correlation between their energy consumption and production,” says Leon Dulak, the MREA site manager. “The direct correlation drives them to change how they live and use energy.”

It costs slightly more on a monthly mortgage to build a home that costs far less per month to operate. ~Dan Chiras Energy Storage

Tesla Motors does more than produce high-end electric cars and solar shingles. The company is also on the cutting edge of future energy storage. Tesla’s new, compact Powerwall 2 battery system, complete with inverter, can power an average two-bedroom home for 24 hours. Chiras says, “Utilities throughout the nation are cracking down with special fees on solar-home owners that occasionally pull electricity from the grid. I think more people are going to opt to go off-grid or install a Tesla battery to provide nighttime power to preempt this. It’s easier to maintain than a standard lead-acid battery, and should last as long. When its useful life is over, the homeowner returns it to the company.” “Saltwater-based batteries for homeowners are coming up,” observes Clay Sterling, assistant professor of electrical technology at Kankakee Community College, in Kankakee, Illinois. “The batteries from Aquion Energy are nontoxic, safe and recyclable.” Their Aspen series of aqueous hybrid ion batteries contain neither heavy metals nor toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and non-explosive, adding to their safety.

Home Plans

Building green gets easier with green home plans. The prototype, superinsulated, 970-square-foot NewenHouse sustainable home in Viroqua, Wisconsin, is about 50 percent smaller and more than 80 percent more energy efficient than the average American home. The plans-and-services package for the Passive House-certified NewenHouse home features double walls for insulation and a super-efficient heat recovery ventilator. Four different home plans are available for houses under 1,000 square feet.

HOME TECH UPDATE Nest Smart Thermostat

Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat replaces the old thermostat and immediately starts saving energy and money. Partnered with a smartphone, custom settings will lower the temperature at night, warm up the house upon waking and reduce heating or cooling swings when owners are away. On average, people save 10 to 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills according to Energy Trust of Oregon research, with the device often paying for itself in less than two years.

Blueair Purifier

Leveraging a mix of filters, ionizers and fans, the Blueair HEPASilent air purification system captures 99.97 percent of particles down to 0.1 micron. A range of sizes are available to suit different spaces.

Haiku Light

The Haiku Light fixture from Big Ass Solutions brightens when someone enters a room and turns off when it detects the absence of movement. The light-emitting diode (LED) fixture produces 50 percent more light than a typical 15-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL).


The Natufia Kitchen Garden is a fully automated vertical garden that easily fits into a kitchen area. Natufia manages the non-GMO, certified organic seed germination, watering, nutrient needs, humidity control and light cycles, freeing the gardener to simply pick and savor year-round fresh produce. While pricey, it provides an option for urbanites that both lack outside growing space and prioritize convenient healthy eating.

Smart Robot

This handy droid vacuums up dust mites, allergens, pet hair and dirt. iRobot’s Roomba 880 detects debris, maneuvers around most furniture and curtains, features a high-efficiency particulate air filter to suck up the small stuff, works on a variety of surfaces and automatically plugs itself in to recharge.

Self-Cleaning Toilets

The bowl of Toto’s MH wall-hung, high-efficiency toilet with powerful 3-D dual flushing is coated with a nanotechnology glaze that seals the porcelain with an ionized barrier; its non-porous surface repels visible and invisible waste. The company’s smart toilet model also cleans itself.

It is never too late to be

what you might have been. ~George Eliot

John D. Ivanko is co-author of ECOpreneuring. Liam Kivirist captures the latest technology news on natural awakenings

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calendarofevents Our calendar is filled with classes, workshops and events that feed your mind/body/ spirit and promote a healthy lifestyle. All submissions for the May issue must be received no later than April 10. Basic listings are a maximum of 40 words, not including the day/date, and cost $10/month. Highlighted events are $0.50/word plus $10/photo. Submit one-time calendar entries at Submit ongoing events at

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 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. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems. org.

Blue Gardenia, School of Esoteric Mysteries April Workshops Saturdays 2-4pm, $55 April 1- Qigong, the Intelligent Exercise Joyce Stech April 8 - Alchemical Breathwork Frank Haessuleur, Joyce Stech April 22 - Kubotan Key Chain Self-Protection Chuck Lewis, Joyce Stech April 29 - Munay-Ki, Rites of the Shaman’s Path Patti Newman, Bart Farmer, Terry Mellot April Modality Demonstrations (suggested donation for energy exchange: $22)

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm

April 4 - Munay-Ki, Initiation Rite #5 Joyce Stech, Bart Farmer, Patti Newman, Terry Mellot April 11 - Royal Gems Sapphires - Joyce Stech April 25 - Alchemical Breathwork Frank Haessuleur, Terry Mellot

Thursdays 6:30-8pm

April 6 - Reiki, the Experience - Patti Newman April 13 - KYM Meditation Bart (Arjuna) Farmer April 20 - Raindrop Therapy - Wendy Vicary April 27 - Qigong - Chuck Lewis

Special Events: Tuesday, April 18

Playing With Energy Night, Dimensional Travel with Joyce Stech New Format - Workshop environment. 6:30-8:30pm. $40. Location: Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 South Main Street, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

MONDAY, APRIL 3 Why Not Home? – 6-8:30pm. This unique film shares intimate stories of doctors and nurses who deliver care in hospitals every day but choose to birth their own babies at home. Film is 78 minutes, with discussion and refreshments to follow. Free.


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Riding the Wave to the Full Moon-Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Many times we’re susceptible to the energy of the moon, letting it affect us in not so positive ways. I’ll guide you through staying afloat leading up to the full moon harnessing its power. Follow-up FM Meditation in May. $15 suggested. The Healing Arts Center, 480 Jessen Ln, Ste C, Charleston. 843-367-2631. gstrmic@gmail. com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Reiki - Experience the Energy – 6:30-8pm. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s administered by laying on hands and can be easily learned by anyone. Introduction night. $22. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. PattriciaNewman

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 bliss Community Yard Sale – 8am-2pm. Shop hundreds of desirable bargains just $5/bag. Visit the bliss Boutique inside for jewelry, designer fashion, local art and inspiring books. Enjoy Coffee, Cookies and Breakfast Breads for $1. Tax-deductible donations gratefully accepted. Remaining items donated to Neighborhood House. $5/Bag. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritual Forgiveness and Chronic Pain Release – 1012pm. Many physical symptoms are worsened by emotional stagnation and stress. When we make a conscious decision to forgive ourselves and others, we create healing in our physical and emotional body and allow ourselves to move forward in a healthy way. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ Envision: The Art of Possibility – 12-2pm. Exploring and Removing Abundance Blocks. Using neuroscience and law of attraction, we will identify and clear the financial stumbling blocks in your life. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 262-716-9325. Victoria.Hargis@gmail. com. Photon Exchange Meditation – 1-3pm. This workshop opens with a breathing technique followed by a review of The Photon Exchange, created by Connie Newton. It creates movement of the energy in the body, gently filtering your aura, generating peace within, daily renewal and peaceful transformation. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@

Alchemical Breathwork Workshop – 2-4pm. 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. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Black History Film Series Eyes on the Prize – 1pm. After the movie, Dr. Myrtle Glascoe leads discussion for understanding, harmony, opportunity. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

MONDAY, APRIL 10 Strengthen Your Root Chakra: Lose the Fear – 7-8pm. Leave fear, worry and anxiety behind as you move toward safety, financial flow and security. Practical techniques to help you strengthen and expand your root chakra. Easy-to-understand, interactive learning environment. Free drawing for a signed piece of Chakra energy art. $20. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-6964016. VibraSoulArt.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Discover Your Inner Treasure with Royal Gems – 6:30-8pm. What Treasures are deep within you waiting to come to the surface and illuminate your life? Explore how Royal Gems Matrix Healing System provides the dynamite to mine your hidden treasures. $22. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Joyce@RoyalGems. org. Stress, Hormones and Health Talk – 6:30pm. Learn how hormone imbalances affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, and fat burning. Why counting calories doesn’t work with belly fat. The biggest mistake made with exercise that prevents weight loss. WHAT REALLY WORKS for permanent weight loss. Safely! Healthfully! Free. James Family Chiropractic, 455 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville. 843-851-2417. DrJustinJames@hotmail. com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 The Paschal Mystery for Our Time: An Easter Triduum Retreat – April 13-16. 10am, Thurs thru 1pm, Sun. Easter gives us hope in a time of ecological crisis. Includes Holy Thursday Seder/Eucharist, Good Friday Way of the Cross, Prayer Lodge, Holy Saturday, Great Easter Fire/Vigil at Mepkin Abbey with Trappist brothers, Easter morning Resurrection ritual, Easter brunch. $375, includes lodging and meals. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@ KYM – Meditation – 6:30-8pm. KYM is language-based, spiritual therapy for those who are ready to advance on their spiritual path. KYM is profound in effect by opening the heart and mind to higher spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, cellular, molecular and DNA levels. $10. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 iGoddess Fair – 12-7pm. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St, Charleston; an all-day immersive event celebrating and honoring women. Embrace Your Inner Goddess! For more info, contact Suzie Webster at or visit

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Spring Holistic Health Fair – 5:30-7:30pm. Join us for a holistic health fair. Come meet mind, body, spirit holistic practitioners, indulge in mini-sessions, free health screenings or enjoy some wine and appetizers. FREE. Lime and Lotus Healing Arts Center. 843-214-2997.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Raindrop Therapy – 6:30-8pm. Raindrop technique combines unique, targeted massage and energy approached with pure essential oils, for a deeply harmonizing and relaxing experience. $22. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. 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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Reiki Level II – April 22-23. 10am, Sat thru 5pm, Sun. Join Maureen Donohue on a deeper exploration of Reiki as we dive into the Level II symbols, Distant Healing and the Chakra System. Class includes a comprehensive manual, Level II Attunement and beautiful certificate. Register by 4/19. Prerequisite: Level I. $299. Bodhi Tree Charleston (inside Healing Oasis), 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843327-4761. Celebrate Earth Day with Eucalyptus – 11am5pm. In celebration of Earth Day, Eucalyptus will be offering 20% off all supplements and 10% off CBD and essential oils. There will be Giveaways and an Elixir Bar tasting! Bring a Jug and get Free Alkaline Water. Free. Eucalyptus Wellness, 280 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant. 843-388-4956. Info@ Kubotan Key Chain Defense – 2-4pm. The Kubotan key chain is a device that is accessible, lightweight and cannot be used against you. Awareness training, kubotan weapon training and hands-on self-defense for the non-martial artist. $55. Natsu Mura Karate, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-8754543. Dances of Universal Peace – 7pm. 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. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Truth Talk “Fierce Authenticity” – 1pm. JP Sears is an emotional healing coach and international teacher to help you ignite your inner fires of authenticity. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.


Belly Dance Student Showcase and Silent Auction – 6-9pm. Local belly dance teachers and students are performing in a ONE NIGHT ONLY showcase. There will also be a Silent Auction of fabulous packages donated by local artists and dance enthusiasts. Donations go to the VA Hospital in Charleston. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Elite Dance Studio, 709 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, 2nd floor, Mt Pleasant. 843-906-1610. BrownPaperTickets. com/event/2894838.

Strengthen Your Root Chakra: Lose the Fear – 7-8pm. Leave fear, worry and anxiety behind as you move toward safety, financial flow and security. Practical techniques to help you strengthen and expand your root chakra. Easy-to-understand, interactive learning environment. Free drawing for a signed piece of Chakra energy art. $20. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-6964016. VibraSoulArt.

Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10 pm. 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@



Usui/Holy Fire II ART/Master Reiki Class – April 28-30. This ART/Master Class will take the accomplished Reiki II student to new levels of Mastery in the practice of Reiki, will raise your vibrational energy, increase the effectiveness of the other Reiki symbols and strengthen the awareness of Divine guidance. $1,025. 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville. 860-857-4815. 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 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 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. Location to be announced. 843-720-8528. TheSophiaInstitute. org/events/tears-triumph. 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.

Ayurveda 101: The Elemental Natures of Soulforce & How to Shift Relationships – 2-3:30pm. What is Ayurveda? How do You use its Wisdom? This mini Workshop explores the elements of this ancient science in terms of the Soulforce Powers and how one may develop them. Learn to manifest healthy relationships with this Power! $45; first 5 to sign up, $10 off. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.

plan ahead 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. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600.

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. West Ashley Ave, Folly Beach. 843-209-8869.

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@

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Charleston Community Acupuncture – 10am1pm & 3-5:30pm (new extended hours). 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston. 843-763-7200.

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.

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.

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.

Functional Fitness Group Class – 6-7pm. The Fundamentals of all exercise begin with principle movements to maintain safety and stability. Explore these in a multi-level circuit training atmosphere. Great for Beginners to the most seasoned athlete. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration highly recommended. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

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. 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. 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.

monday Moms’ Healthy Happy Hour – 9-11am. Moms’ SelfCare Mondays: Pre/During/Post Pregnancy: SelfPractices, Doula Advice, Sacred Healing and more. Each week something new! Full online schedule per month on Some classes have fees. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.

Martial Arts Training – 6:30-8:30pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. 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.



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.

Moms’ Healthy Happy Hour – 9-11am. Moms’ Fitness Tuesdays: Pre/During/Post Pregnancy: Yoga, Barre, Body Training, Strength and Functional Classes, and more. Each week something new! Full online schedule per month on SeedOfLife. Some classes have fees. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

All-Instrument Jam – 6-7pm. Harmonize and cocreate music within a group of diverse levels just for the fun of the experience. Learn from some, teach others. Bring your instrument and add your voice to our collaborative efforts. Facilitator: Jason Thompson. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org.

Mandala Art – 11am-noon. 1st & 3rd Tues of the month. Discover the origin, basic structures and meditative qualities while doodling, coloring and playing with Mandalas. Experiment with different color combinations and materials, such as watercolors, colored pencils, markers, cut or torn papers, glass and shells. Facilitator: Beth Melton-Seabrook. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritual

Functional Fitness Group Class – 6-7pm. The Fundamentals of all exercise begin with principle movements to maintain safety and stability. Explore these in a multi-level circuit training atmosphere. Great for Beginners to the most seasoned athlete. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration highly recommended. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

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

Community Reiki Clinic Sponsored by Bodhi Tree Charleston – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Wed of the month. The clinic is open to both Reiki Practitioners and those who would like to receive. The evening begins with a Centering Circle, followed by 15-

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20-min treatments. This is a great opportunity for all you Reiki yogis to come practice your skills! Street Parking in front or next door at dentist. Love Donation. 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston (inside Healing Oasis). 843-327-4761. Maureen@ BodhiTreeCharleston. com. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are one hour, 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. 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. WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30 pm. 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.

thursday 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. Martial Arts Training – 6:30-8:30pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Restorative Yoga Meditation – 7:15-8:15pm. Long week? Explore various relaxing poses, held

5-10 minutes, in a peaceful, candlelit room. Guided meditation, meditation music and props are utilized to mindfully, slowly maximize relaxation. Facilitator: Jeannine Despeaux, 200-RYT, specializing in private yoga sessions. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. 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.

saturday Martial Arts Training – 9:30am-12pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/month family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. 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 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. OM Chanting – 2-3pm. Every 4th Sat. Unite with the intention to bring PEACE and LOVE to our country and the world. By chanting OM within a specifically arranged group of people, the power of OM is enhanced and amplified. Facilitator: Sherry Kachanis. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org.

Functional Fitness Group Class – 6-7pm. The Fundamentals of all exercise begin with principle movements to maintain safety and stability. Explore these in a multi-level circuit training atmosphere. Great for Beginners to the most seasoned athlete. 55 minutes. Limited Space. Preregistration highly recommended. 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843475-2156. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com.

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AMA board-certified MD specializing in family medicine, holistic internal medicine, Antiaging, Chinese medicine, naturopathy. Merge Medical Center … where modern thinking meets natural healing. Services include Primary Care, Weight Loss, Fatigue management, Bioidentical hormones, Colonics, Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Chiropractic, IV vitamins, and Bemer therapy.



1731 N Main St, Ste H Summerville 843-810-1225 Bring us your headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, indigestion or whatever else is bothering you. Affordable acupuncture between $15-$45 plus a $10 paperwork fee for new patients. $5 PTSD treatments for veterans. Appointments or walk-ins welcome.



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Visit Healing Oasis and experience powerful healing vibrations. Services: Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, with more than a decade of experience; Energy Healing; Chakra Balancing; Massage Therapy; Aura Photography; SoulCollage Workshops; Ionic Detox Foot Bath; Far-Infrared Sauna.


Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product

bodywork Knight Wellness and Therapy Bethany Knight, LMT 225 S Cedar St, Summerville 843-518-0692

Busy lives require working bodies. Bethany will assess your aches and pains and help get you back in working order. Certified in Cupping, ART (lower extremity), Neuromuscular massage and more.

LOTUS HOLISTIC MASSAGE Abigail McClam, BA, LMBT 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-724-9807

Licensed holistic massage and integrative bodywork practitioner offering massage, aromatherapy, energy healing and breathing techniques to help individuals nurture health, restore balance, manage pain, trauma and injury as they learn to embrace their own body/mind wisdom.


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CHIROPRACTORS COLUCCI CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Gina Colucci 1806 Trolley Rd, Summerville 843-875-5700

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.

Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor 1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913

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.

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

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.


Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 • 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.


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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.


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Energy Healer and Soul Coach Artist, Author and Speaker Mt Pleasant • 843-514-2848 • 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!


Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 • 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.

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Roberta Philbrick 843-826-4086 • 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.


Andrew Dean, ISFTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Therapist 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-475-2156, In a World full of Health and Fitness options, where to begin your journey? With the Basics! Exercise, Nutrition and Growth! Call to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION.

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

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.


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

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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.

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


2671 Fort Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 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 3.

By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-324-6460 •

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.


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Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 • 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 7.


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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Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 • 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.

Agent Owned Mt Pleasant 843-270-6448 Di has relocated over 300 Boeing families to the Charleston area. She brings 15 years of experience as a top producing agent to assist her clients with all aspects of buying and selling a home. She would love to help you!


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.

Shanna Schulze Rivera 877-315-7226, ext 447

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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Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 • 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 16.


Eileen Ayers Mino, RN, Reiki Holy Fire Master Teacher • Reiki and Past-Life Recall 301 E Richardson Ave, Summerville 860-857-4815






Master Coach Central location • 843-478-4090 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 11.


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Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • 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.

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


Natural Pregnancy plus: Women Rising May articles include: Preparing for Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth Women at Work Healing the World and so much more!

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