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hope our “snowmageddon” of January 3 brought you more fun and joy than it did difficulties. I have lived in very snowy places, including Germany, but still found the snowfall and the white blanket covering everything here so beautiful. I love the crunch of snow under my boots, but by day three, I had a bit of cabin fever. I was ready for it to melt and for life to return to normal. It’s back to 68 degrees today, and I will be walking barefoot on the beach at low tide. I know I say this a lot, but—how lucky are we? I know winter isn’t over yet, but we are still graced with so many comfortable days between cold fronts. It would be a shame not to get out there and enjoy it! Follow my adventures on Instagram at naturalawakeningslowcountry for photos from my walks on the beach, through the woods, and all around town. I am so excited to present our first annual Healthy Living Directory! As with most firsts, many didn’t quite grasp the concept when we presented it. The purpose of this directory is to showcase area businesses and practitioners waiting to help our readers achieve their goals in 2018. In this special issue, we move our expanded Community Resource Guide toward the front of the magazine and also add Wellness Profiles, which go into more depth about area organizations and practitioners. We’re confident you will find something or someone in these pages that can support you in feeling your best. This is an issue to keep around and reference again and again. If you loan your copy out, no worries because it will be available year-round at many of our distribution points. Our staff will bring copies along to all the community events we attend in 2018. And don’t forget, you can always read the digital version online at This issue also includes a feature on overcoming adversity by building resilience, as well as an article on various types of meditation—one of the best techniques to improve resilience. With so many major changes happening in our world, many beyond our immediate control, it’s more important than ever to find and maintain personal balance. There’s great information and inspiration in these pages to help you surf the changes, and create positive changes in your life and in the lives of those around you. Make 2018 your year to get healthier and happier. Read the articles and briefs we feature every month for cutting-edge information and inspiration. Check our news briefs and calendars for area events that focus on the well-being of people, pets and the planet. Reach out to the practitioners and businesses within these pages for help along your journey. Please also reach out to us through Facebook or email and let us know about your successes and the services and products that are making a difference for you. We’d love to hear from you! To a year of vibrant well-being for you, your loved ones, our community and world!                       Joyfully,

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 6

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.


Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

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THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Auto Revolution

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 8

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The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost threequarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

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Bureaucratic Bungle

Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage. February 2018


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Directory Listings Pages 23-28


12 Simply Seniors Inc 13 Biokare Health & Wellness Center Sleep Better South Carolina 14 Charleston Community Acupuncture EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa 15 Back2Health Physical Medicine Salt Oasis & Wellness Center 16 Your Grooming Guru Unity Church of Charleston 17 YourWaterGirl Ideal Posture & Spine 18 Olive Massage bliss Spiritual Co-op 19 Yoga Daily Charleston Holistic Center 20 Paula McGuire 21 Dr. Ann Jenkins Bridge to Avalon 22 Janna Baker Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective 12

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wellnessprofiles Simply Seniors Inc Cindy Williams, CRCFA, CDP 864-809-4861


indy Williams is one of the lowcountry’s first Geriatric Care Managers. After many years of being an administrator and nationally certified dementia practitioner, she is now in private practice helping seniors and their families with complicated, stressful care decisions. Through careful assessment, she is able to guide families and help them make smart, educated decisions about everything from how to be able to stay at home to which care community is appropriate for their loved one. Every client is different and she is an expert at finding solutions for each of them. Services and/or products offered: coordination of care, well visits in home or in care facility, elder advocate, healthcare coordination, placement services for assisted living, memory care, rehab, skilled/nursing home care. Areas of specialty: elderly services, geriatric care management, long-term support and coordination, family support and resource guidance. Philosophy: Creating solutions for seniors, one client at a time. See ad, page 29, and listing, page 27.

wellnessprofiles Biokare Health & Wellness Center Dr. Jesse Ross (chiropractor) 123 Pitt St (located in The Old Village), Mt Pleasant 843-766-4444 •

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Dr. Dana Blalock 210 Seven Farms Dr, Ste 103, Daniel Island 843-881-4545


ucked away in a quaint renovated home in the Old Village on Pitt Street, you will find Biokare Health and Wellness Center. The charm on the outside reminds us of simpler times, but inside is a state-of-the art facility. Family is the foundation of Biokare, and family is what originally inspired Dr. Jesse Ross to pursue his mission in health care. He speaks admiringly of his father, an intelligent and hardworking man who was told he had six months to live when he was diagnosed with a heart condition in his 50s. His own father had died around that age. Ross’ father chose not to believe the prognosis and took matters into his own hands. He started seeing a chiropractor and based on his recommendations, changed his diet, began exercising and he lived 18 years past that six-month prognosis. Ross’ “Eat well, think well, move well, Be Well” philosophy mirrors his father’s approach. Services and/or products offered: chiropractic care, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), biological preference scanning/ biocommunication, deep tissue laser therapy, total body scanning/reports, Verju body contouring.


e take a team approach—including the sleep doctor, or your physician, and Dr. Blalock—to improve the quality of life for those suffering with snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. We are able to provide you with a comfortable, custom-fitted and effective oral appliance that will posture the lower jaw forward to allow for sound, uninterrupted sleep. We even handle the billing to your medical insurance company, or Medicare, for you. Services and/or products offered: We provide a comfortable oral appliance that will help prevent snoring, sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea. Areas of specialty: General dental practice with expert knowledge in dental sleep medicine. Philosophy: How you sleep directly impacts your physical and emotional health. Our goal is to improve the quality of sleep by preventing and treating what could be a lifethreatening condition. See ad, page 9, and listing, page 25.

Areas of specialty: Ross offers a free consultation, followed by a comprehensive assessment to get to the root of an individual’s issues. He works with the patient on a custom program designed to balance the mind, body and emotions, combining modern innovation with the body’s innate ability to heal. Philosophy: Ross supports Hippocrates’ “Make a habit of two things: to help, or at least to do no harm.” This is achieved through implementing their philosophy: “Eat well, think well, move well, Be Well.”

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wellnessprofiles Charleston Community Acupuncture

EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa

Chad Houfek 1307 Savannah Hwy, Charleston • 843-763-7200 •

Tiffany Jackson, ND 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B Mt Pleasant 843-884-4466


had Houfek and Nilsa Compton have a combined 19 years’ experience with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Charleston Community Acupuncture has been serving the community since 2009, and has been voted Best Acupuncturist by the Charleston City Paper four times. We are passionate about making acupuncture an accessible and effective form of medical care for the Charleston community. We offer all our services on a sliding-scale payment system that allows the patient to pay what they are able to pay within the set scale. We strive to make acupuncture as painless as possible within our safe, comfortable, healing environment, and to get the very best possible results with each visit. Our clinic often recommends combining acupuncture with herbal medicine to more effectively treat most common disorders. Using this combination, we can in many cases eliminate the need for pharmaceutical drugs and surgery. Our herbal apothecary only includes the highest quality plant-based products supplied from the most reputable sources in many forms, including granulated herbs, medicinal mushrooms, herbal pills, liniments, ointments and foot soaks, many of which are custom blended on-site.


iffany received a doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, Arizona. Her passion for her patients and their wellness inspired her to open EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, in Mt. Pleasant.

Services and/or products offered: EcoHealth offers infrared saunas, Migun massage, alkaline water and 14-day EcoCleanse Detox Program, comprehensive lab testing and nutritional supplements. Areas of specialty: Tiffany specializes in helping patients with chronic gastrointestinal, immune and skin disorders to regain their health. See ad, page 10, and listing, page 27.

Services and/or products offered: initial consultation $15, community acupuncture $20-$40, orthopedic acupuncture $40-$60, cupping with acupuncture $50-$70, abdominal massage with acupuncture $40-$60, herbal consultation $10, herbal pharmacy $10-$50. Areas of specialty: pain and orthopedics, migraines, stress, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, neuropathy, fertility and OB/GYN, sexual dysfunction. Philosophy: Acupuncture and herbal medicine heal your body from pain, stress, fatigue and disease. Our mission is to make this healing affordable and accessible to everyone via our low-cost sliding scale. See listing, page 23. 14

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wellnessprofiles Back2Health Adam Hall 588 Old Mt Holly Rd Goose Creek 843-203-8313

Salt Oasis Spa & Wellness Center Carrie Bossinger 103 Harth Pl, Ste B Summerville 843-501-1757


ack2Health Physical Medicine is a multi-specialty practice with a unique approach to pain. Our goal is to successfully restore your quality of life to its maximum potential. We offer our patients a variety of services to target their health issues. Our team includes: medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, physician assistants, a physical therapist, rehab and physical therapy staff, and licensed massage therapists. As a team, we analyze each patient’s case and come up with a personalized prescribed medical treatment. Services and/or products offered: chiropractor care, pain management, advanced nerve testing, electrical muscle stimulation, physical therapy, allergy testing, auto injury and assessment, custom orthotics, disc decompression, regenerative cellular therapy, medical weight loss. Areas of specialty: As a medical practice specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Back2Health Physical Medicine also provides care for all nerve, muscle, arthritis and sports-related problems. Philosophy: We treat the individual rather than the pain. By taking this focused approach, we are able to understand your needs as well as the physical conditions causing the pain. See ad, page 3, and listing, page 26.


arrie has been on a wellness journey for the past 10 years after leaving the medical field. She is a certified professional coach and Energy Leadership Index master practitioner through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC), a certified consulting hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists, a level two reiki practitioner, and proud mother of three boys. Her passion for helping others heal has culminated in the creation of Salt Oasis Spa & Wellness Center. After learning of the amazing healing properties of Himalayan salt, she knew she had to make it available to the Charleston area. Services and/or products offered: salt therapy, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, reiki, yoga, mindfulness coaching. Extensive retail selection of Himalayan salt items. Lamps, edible and bath salts. Areas of specialty: We are proud to be home to the first and only therapeutic salt cave in the lowcountry. We also offer specialized medical massage, aromatouch massage, and Bellanina facelift massage. Philosophy: Our goal is to provide natural healing for all. Whether by salt therapy or any of our other wellness modalities, you will experience improvement in mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 9, and listing, page 28.



wellnessprofiles Your Grooming Guru

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our Grooming Guru, Barbara BrantWilliams, has been in the business of beauty and grooming for 44 years. She’s been doing holistic hairdressing for the last eight years, but has been interested in natural methods and products for many years.

Services and/or products offered: nontoxic coloring services of all kinds, smoothing treatments, organic permanent waves, hair cutting and styling, facial waxing, and client and colleague education. Areas of specialty: Understanding and researching product ingredients, helping clients sort out their personal care products. She also loves to network and help people find the practitioners that will support their well-being. Philosophy: Helping people look and feel their best by transforming their image in all avenues holistic. See ad, page 7, and listing, page 23.


nity of Charleston provides a positive path to enriched spiritual living. We are open and affirming, welcoming everyone. We provide an environment for fun, fellowship, creativity, empowerment and self-realization. We strive to bring equality and justice to the tri-county area through our interfaith programming and through our social justice ministry. Unity of Charleston’s mission is to continually discover, demonstrate and educate that our source of good is God within, to celebrate our unity in diversity and to cultivate spiritual growth. We believe all of us to be spiritual in essence, and therefore good. The church is a member of Unity Worldwide Ministries. Rev. Ed Kosak is an ordained Unity minister. He is a former clinical social worker, having served in various therapeutic settings. Services and/or products offered: We offer 9:30am and 11:15am Sunday services with music, meditation, and messages from Christianity and the world’s great religions. We continue to promote heath, wellness, awareness and spiritual growth through several annual events, including the annual Health Fair in March, the African Market, Dances of Universal Peace, Race and Culture Film Series, and book discussions. 

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Philosophy: We all have an innate potential to become more spiritual; to fully achieve our dreams; to live a life that is happy, joyous and free; and to bring a sense of equality and compassion to all through our interfaith efforts. See listing, page 24.

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Margaret Blalock 8105 Emerald Fern Dr, Charleston 843-647-8885

Dr. Seth Strauss 757 Long Point Rd, Ste C, Mt Pleasant 843-352-9966 •


argaret Blalock is a hydration specialist whose focus is to provide education about the critical role clean living water plays in the health of every individual and the planet. She enjoys teaching people how to eliminate harmful toxins from within the body and the world around us. She educates how it is possible to remove harmful chemicals from homes and places of business with harmless water capable of cleaning and sanitizing more effectively than traditional products. Her education comes from her personal life-altering experience and a commitment to learning all things related to optimal hydration and toxin reduction. In her career, she has helped many to improve upon their own health, eliminating chronic pain and overcoming disease by improving on the body’s ability to heal itself by attacking widespread dehydration head on and giving the body what it is thirsty for. In addition, her clients have experienced softer, more vibrant skin, an abundance of natural energy and clear mental focus with nutrient optimization. If you would like to improve your health while taking better care of the environment, Margaret is eager to teach you how simply changing your water can change your life. Services and/or products offered: Offering the only ISO 13485 certified electrolysis water generators for medical and general use. Endorsed by the Japanese Association of Preventative Medicine for Adult Diseases by more than 6,500 doctors. Areas of specialty: Superior hydration—supporting cell health to carry out all bodily functions, maintaining homeostasis to fight disease and inflammation. Reducing the reliance of harmful chemicals for environmental preservation.


r. Seth Strauss is a chiropractic physician who specializes in sport and exercises sciences, advanced deep tissue work, and keeping the body in physical balance. As a former rugby player and athlete, he understands the importance of physical fitness and staying in shape. He also understands that there are times when that can be difficult due to illness or injury. It is his ultimate goal to help his clients regain their health and live a full and active life. Dr. Seth received his bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science, is a doctor of chiropractic, and holds post-graduate specializations in high-performance periodization, Pilates, advanced deep tissue work, advanced postural analysis, body alignment, and muscle balance. Dr. Seth continues to pursue his education by staying abreast of the most up-to-date research on body functionality, eating plans and exercise principles so that his patients always have access to the highest standards of care possible. Dr. Seth is one of a few chiropractors who practice Chiropractic BioPhysics. His wife, Dr. Katally Strauss, is one of the other five providers. Ideal Posture & Spine is the largest Chiropractic BioPhysics facility in South Carolina. Services and/or products offered: Chiropractic Biophysics, decompression table, universal traction system, Cold K-Laser, Custom Sole Support Orthotics, nutritional consults, anti-inflammatory lifestyle, allergy test, hormone test, stool test and interpretation, organic herbs. Areas of specialty: scoliosis, asthma, migraine, back pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, herniated disc, acid reflux, high blood pressure, weight loss, anti-inflammatory nutrition/education, life coaching.

Philosophy: Change your water—change your life!

Philosophy: We don’t guess, we test! We use a variety of innovative testing techniques and procedures to help our patients prevent illness and recover from many chronic and difficult-to-treat conditions.

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wellnessprofiles Olive Massage

bliss Spiritual Co-op

Wendy Edgin 1537 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Ste D Mt Pleasant 843-813-4105

Tish Voit 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant 843-345-7061 •


endy’s formal training was received from the Trident Technical Massage Therapy Program. In addition to neuromuscular, sport, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release, her passion for the craft has led her to increase her knowledge in the field by specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, MediCupping and reiki. Working from our Mt. Pleasant location, Wendy uses her intuition and education to provide her clientele with the most effective treatments available in a comforting professional atmosphere. Services and/or products offered: CranioSacral Therapy, lymphatic drainage, MediCupping/ vacuum cupping, Swedish massage and sport massage. Areas of specialty: CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch therapy that only uses a nickel’s worth of pressure to help the body unwind. Lymphatic drainage manually pushes the toxins out of the body. Philosophy: We want to help melt the stress of the day away with a healing positive touch that will leave you rejuvenated in mind, body and spirit.


liss Spiritual Co-op is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit retreat house dedicated to programs that nourish the soul. It is a multi-cultural environment where people share what they know, enrich each other’s lives, and connect face to face with those who desire empowerment and inspiration. The focus is on each person’s quest to find inner bliss defined by their own uniqueness. bliss offers 150-plus free classes—including yoga, teen and adult support groups, classes in the arts, and guided community outreach opportunities—per month. It’s the goodness of the participants that make bliss so special. Your supportive presence in class helps our facilitators dream incubate their ideas and perfect what they share with participants. There are no membership or class fees, so you can try bliss for free and attend any classes that interest you. If you grow to love the many benefits that this vibrant community offers and want to help, we will gladly accept your shared talents, materials and hospitality for bliss events, and volunteering for community outreach. Monetary donations, which help cover the expenses of running the retreat house and expanding our programs, are also appreciated and are 100 percent tax deductible. It is a win, win! Services and/or products offered: bliss offers free classes and community outreach programs for anyone interested in participating. There is also an occasional FUNraiser, so everyone has a chance to mix, mingle and give back. Areas of specialty: bliss classes, programs, and FUNraiser events are intended to nourish the mind, body and/or soul. Philosophy: bliss is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering a multi-cultural environment where people can dream, share, empower and inspire others. See listing, page 24.


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wellnessprofiles Yoga Daily Tricia Hughey 1965 Riviera Dr, Ste 2A Mt Pleasant 843-388-5764


oga Daily opened in The Shoppes at Seaside Farms, in Mt. Pleasant, on January 1, 2018. Our mission is to provide a warm, welcoming, friendly and tranquil space for our students to explore the many facets of yoga and themselves. We encourage realness, personal inquiry, and are here to foster your growth. We are committed to making the practice accessible for every unique body. You will not find dogma nor judgement. Our light recognizes that same light in all of us. Services and/or products offered: daily yoga classes and holistic services. Areas of specialty: alignment-based yoga for everyone. Philosophy: No ego, no dogma, no judgement. See ad, page 33.

Charleston Holistic Center Lance Garland 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8 Charleston 843-225-2024


he Charleston Holistic Center is a healing oasis designed to help you awaken your fullest potential. Here you’ll find a nurturing environment where you can explore the possibilities of your authentic path and create a life you’ll love. Our mission is to empower you on your healing journey. We provide a range of traditional and alternative therapies in a supportive and relaxed setting. Each of our health and wellness therapies is designed to assist you on your journey to heal, renew and transform; this creating optimum well-being on all levels—body, mind and spirit. Lance Garland and the center’s staff of dedicated professionals have been serving Charleston and the surrounding area for more than 16 years. They are committed to helping you make the changes that lead to lasting joy and wholeness. Services and/or products offered: Counseling and hypnotherapy, past-life regression, dream analysis, EFT, reiki/ reiki training and shamanic reiki, tarot, life coaching, soul retrieval, math and science tutoring, functional nutrition, thermography, massage, yoga and more.

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed. ~Saint Francis de Sales

Areas of specialty: Life enhancements: quit smoking, weight-loss, phobias; W3 Coaching™: whole body, whole self, whole life—a process for transforming your life; functional nutrition and wellness solutions for optimizing women’s health and vitality. Philosophy: Embrace your whole self and live the journey. See ads, pages 36 and 42, and listings, pages 26, 27 and 28.



wellnessprofiles Paula McGuire

1041 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 14A Mt Pleasant 843-732-0293

Johnny Zecopoulos 843-327-3726 • (for water filtration) (for water ionization)


aula McGuire has been a practitioner of the healing arts for more than 25 years. She is a practitioner of biomagnetic therapy and Rosen Method bodywork, licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT40547) in California, practitioner and instructor of energy psychology/energy medicine, transformational coach, yoga instructor and minister. She has a long-term meditation practice which informs and guides her. She is passionate about helping others move from what is hindering them into the lives they long to create. Services and/or products offered: restorative and transformative work for individuals through biomagnetic therapy, emotional release bodywork (Rosen Method), energy psychology/energy medicine. Classes and professional certification in energy psychology, including mentoring and consultation. Areas of specialty: Helping those with trauma, chronic illness, autoimmune issues, toxicity, low self-esteem resolve these issues and live fuller lives. Providing professional certification and support for practitioners of energy psychology. Philosophy: I believe each of us is entitled to greater joy, vitality and engagement with purpose. I support you in releasing blocks so you too may experience a life full of joy, vitality and purpose. See listing, page 23.


n a world of toxicity, it takes a special water to bring us back into balance. Your body’s foundation is water. What is the quality of your foundation? is your one-stop source for cleaner water through third party (NSF/WQA) certified filtration devices and/or healthier water through life-altering devices known as Kangen Water ionizers. The filters clean your water of 80-plus toxic chemicals, such as lead, arsenic, chloramine, antidepressants and birth control meds, to name a few. March 2017 Consumer Reports rates these filters #1 and NSF rates them as the top six filters. The Kangen Water ionizers create seven different waters: three antioxidant-rich drinking waters (pH ranges from 8.5-9.5 for anti-aging and free radical scavenging effects); Beauty Water (pH 5.5-6.0 for face/skin/hair and as a toner after bath or shower); Strong Alkaline Water (pH 11.5 for toxic-free cleaning and removal of pesticides/chemicals on your food); Strong Acid Water (pH 2.5 for toxic-free disinfecting, sterilizing and sanitizing). The ideal water to build your foundation with is one that is filtered and ionized properly. Let us help you determine the setup that’s best for you/your family’s well-being based on your current situation. Various financing options are available. Services and/or products offered: for various filtration devices. for Kangen Water ionizers. These devices can be used together or separately. Request a basic in-home test and detailed education on your water. Areas of specialty: Devices offered: Kangen Water ionizers (on or under counter), whole house filtration, point of use (sink, on or under counter) filtration, shower/bath filtration, reverse osmosis. Philosophy: Our philosophy is based on three basic health principles: realizing true mental, physical and financial health. Our purpose is to spread these truths throughout the world via pure healthy drinking water. See listing, page 28.


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wellnessprofiles Dr. Ann Jenkins

Bridge to Avalon LLC

1164-C Northbridge Dr Charleston 843-270-9913

Jeannine Clemens 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston • 843-974-5676


he’s not your ordinary chiropractor!” Every time I hear a patient say this, it makes me smile. This means I take care of you, personally. I was born and raised right here in Charleston and have been in practice for 30 years. My style of practice includes taking the time needed to care for the whole person. Your appointment will include chiropractic care with all the most effective tools, nutrition, ergonomic training and body routines to help you keep your alignment and health. All in the same visit!


Areas of specialty: I treat everyone in the family: infants, children and adults. I pride myself on finding the problems that others can’t seem to help—migraines, neuropathy, irritable bowel, female/male issues, etc.

ridge to Avalon opened August 1, 2013. Avalon is the mystical isle of healing from the Arthurian legend, where King Arthur allegedly received Excalibur and was taken to recover from wounds suffered in battle. Long associated with the mythic quality of the hero’s journey, along with the lost wisdom teachings of the Divine Feminine tradition, it is a place of magic and mystery, healing and recovery, where we find the tools, inspiration and support to manifest our destiny. Bridge to Avalon is the modern world’s connection to this sacred and mystical place within us all. We are a holistic wellness center devoted to supporting conscious community leaders and seekers on the path of personal wisdom and empowerment. We offer transformational services, classes and special events to the Charleston community, and provide collaborative space for healing practitioners to grow their businesses. Every healer needs a community. For those who are walking the path of service, we help build wider circles of influence and support to help you grow spiritually and professionally. We have introduced a New Collaborative Business Model for Healing Practitioners. See clients and grow your tribe in a high-frequency environment that supports both you and your clients.

Philosophy: My clients know I take time with their care to find the root of the problem. Discomfort happens at the nerves and the brain. True health is releasing nerve pressure.

Services and/or products offered: Every journey begins with the first step. Our practitioners offer a variety of healing services, from guided meditation, reiki, massage, bodywork, life coaching, intuitive readings, and more.

See ad, page 27, and listing page 24.

Areas of specialty: In addition to the services we provide, we have created Gaia’s Gifts, which offers hundreds of sacred items that support the journey of our soul.

Services and/or products offered: chiropractic treatment/ adjustments: manual and activator, spine and muscle work ( Nutritional supplements, essential and hemp oils, magnetic resonance therapy (

Philosophy: We understand that we must evolve ourselves, connect with our tribe and embrace our purpose before we can engage in world service. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” See ad, page 35, and listing, page 26.



wellnessprofiles Janna Baker

Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective

1898 Ashley Hall Rd Charleston 843-754-3108


y sessions use both intuitive wisdom and gentle healing to uplift and guide you. Thanks to my own training in self-growth and many metaphysical arts (over a 40-year period), I can quickly intuit areas for you where support is needed and offer understanding and clarity in aspects of life where you may have questions or confusion. Using three decks of cards as my tool, I will receive intuitive information for you, all while holding a strong heart energy for you and your heart. Sessions are $50 and last 40 minutes to an hour. In order to schedule a session, send me a message using the contact form on my website. Sessions can be done on Skype or in person. Philosophy: I’m a lover of life and believe we are all here to do our best, help each other, and learn from life. This is the spirit in which I hold these sessions. See ad, page 55.

Melody Rogers 621 Wappoo Rd Charleston 843-343-6726


e believe in perceiving things differently! Andrew Dean and Melody Rogers created the Seed of Life Collective as an extension of their businesses and personal philosophies on life and health, as a hosting site for all disciplines of life knowledge, wisdom, activity and beauty coming together as a collective unit to allow the growth of the minds, bodies and souls of each other and this community. Services and/or products offered: Our classes and services are centered around natural and noninvasive methods to improve nutritional habits, enhance natural beauty, strengthen physical fitness, and to realize one’s spiritual potential. Areas of specialty: personalized fitness and health coaching, ayurvedic lifestyle medicine, holistic beauty care, skin and massage therapy. Philosophy: Our mission: To guide others in achieving their highest qualities of life in balance with nature.

Holistic/ Preventive Dentist James Sexton DMD MAGD

Call for appointment: 843-881-1418 Mt Pleasant 843-293-6700 Myrtle Beach

• Anti-ageing dentistry • Biocompatible materials • Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975 following IAOMT protocol • Master Academy of General Dentistry • Associate Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry 22

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1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-763-7200 Voted best acupuncturist three years running. We treat most ailments, including stress, pain management, autoimmune issues, infertility, migraines, fatigue, allergies, diabetes and much more. Sliding scale payment option $20-$40 (return visits).

ALTERNATIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. PATRICK S. LOVEGROVE Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001

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.


Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic!


Charleston 845-802-6111 • Consultations, Spiritual Coaching and Counseling with a primary focus on a client’s gifts and talents, illuminating natural cycles and phases of growth for individuals and couples. Alexander’s training in Body Centered Gestalt Counseling and Art Therapy, coupled with his Astrological/ Intuitive training powerfully help clients achieve clarity of goal and purpose.


Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston • 843-743-8373 Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 55.


Melody Rogers 843-343-6726 • SeedLifeMelody@gmail. com Want more Energy? Deeper Rest? Better Focus? Ayurvedic Lifestyle Medicine and Personalized Health Coaching can Help You! Text or email about your Free Consultation today! See ad, page 35.

beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU

1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 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 knowledge. See ad, page 7.


Mt Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 • BioMagnetic Therapy can help create balance, restore vitality within the body and facilitate clearing of viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections; allergies; ADD; autism; autoimmune issues; heavy metal and other toxicity; chronic pain; infertility; herpes; MS; among other conditions.

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.


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. See ad, page 55.

DANICA TODD, CERTIFIED DOULA, MASSAGE THERAPIST 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston 843-826-0660

Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at See ad, page 40.



CBD OIL, PRODUCTS EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

We offer the largest selection of CBD Oil products in the Lowcountry. Our staff is trained to answer any of your CBD questions. Store hours Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm.



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; bio-identical 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 onehour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 27.

Elementary teacher, Holistic P s y c h o t h e r a p y. S p i r i t u a l l y channeled creative lessons in subject matter combined with coaching in self-awareness, ages 6 and up. Formats improve gifted (supernatural) child’s ability to learn, express, focus, build confidence, realize DNA purpose. Parent/ teacher consultant.

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.

3373 S Morgans Point Rd, Ste 307 Mt Pleasant 843-971-8814 Holistic Family Care practice, offering a variety of techniques and therapies to help improve overall health and wellness. Proudly serving the Charleston area for 17 years.



Tish Voit 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr Mt Pleasant 843-345-7061 bliss Spiritual Co-op offers 150+ free classes that include creative arts, yoga, healing and meditation as well as community outreach programs. Come explore your bliss!

Jesse Ross, DC 123 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant 843-766-4444

Chiropractic, Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Exercises, Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), Biological Preference Scanning/Biocommunication, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, Total Body Scanning, Verju Body Contouring. See ad, outside back page.


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Transformational Coach and Shamanic Healer. Break through unconscious barriers to fully LIVE the LIFE you desire! Monthly Meditation/Shamanic Healing, Moon Ceremonies and Healing


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.


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


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


Angel Muehlenkamp, MA Professional Counseling Summerville 843-327-1440 • We are here to live in the fullness of who and what we truly are. Angel uses her unique ability to Connect to Source to assist you in moving beyond daily limitations. Open to a brand new way of living. Talk, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy; Quantum-Touch; Reiki; Intuitive Counseling; Art of God; Life Coaching; and Spiritual Counseling.


Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • Stop being a cavity victim. Dental health is more than just brushing and flossing two times a day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, holistic office. Call and ask for current promotion.

I SMILE MATHIS FERRY DENTISTRY Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 •

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 10.


924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 • BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 41.


Andrew Dean, ISFTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Therapist 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston • 843-475-2156

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

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 22.

eco-cleaning ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779

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


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!


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Specialized in the Fundamental Movements of the Body and the Natural Laws in Nutrition. Interested in the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise and the Natural Laws of Nutrition? Classes and Programs available now! Call Today! See ad,


Change your water, change your life! Thomas P Meletis, Distributor 843-729-7837 • Water is the single most important element that goes in our body. Drinking the right type of water may be the single most important piece in achieving and maintaining optimal health. Visit KangenDemo. com to see a comparison. View all eight machines at Financing at zero interest.

HEMP OIL HEALTH SLEEP BETTER SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. Dana Blalock 210 Seven Farms Dr, Ste 103 Daniel Island 843-881-4545 •

Our passion is to improve the quality of life for those suffering with snoring or sleep apnea with a comfortable, custom-fitted oral appliance. See ad, page 9.

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 Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm.


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.

PrimeMyBody Hemp Oil 843-324-0489

Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, Phyto-Cannabinoids and Hemp Oil! There is research on more than 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important product you add to your health regimen! See ad, page 2.


Animal reiki, crystal therapy and aromatherapy, Grounding/Earthing, Alpha-Stim (FDA-approved unit for stress relief, pain management, trauma recovery).


Dr. Amanda McNabb and Dr. Karyn Meadows 318 N Cedar St, Ste B Summerville 843-879-8224 •

Lisa Bayorek, Member #10796546 Charleston

Curious about essential oils? I would love to share Young Living with you! I offer classes on family wellness, chemical-free cleaning, business opportunities and more!

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Healthy people are happy people. Unwanted weight, indigestion, pain, depression or stress? Offering hair/saliva testing, bioidentical nutrition, essential oils, and chiropractic. Where AWESOME happens!




Moira Duggan 1261 Caperton Way, Charleston 781-353-1553 • Holistic Healing through Mind~Body~Spirit Reconnection. Offering: Reiki Healing Therapy, Energy Medicine, Yoga and Meditation, Mindful Nutrition, Intuitive Counseling, Soul Realignment, Sacred Oils, Workshops and Private Sessions.


Dr. Seth Strauss 757 Long Point Rd, Ste C Mt Pleasant 843-352-9966


Jeannine Clemens 757 St Andrews Blvd Charleston 843-974-5676 Holistic wellness center offering events and services, including meditation, Reiki, bodywork, life coaching, Intuitive readings and more. Gaia’s Gifts offers items to support your spiritual journey. See ad, page 35.


We are a unique state-of-the art facility where we help families improve their quality of life when other solutions have failed. See ad, page 11.

Stewart Campbell N Charleston 843-872-1761 • Painting - Drywall - Carpentry. Master Painter and Handyman servicing the Charleston area. Accommodating clients with integrity, transparency and honesty. Call for a FREE estimate.

HOLISTIC EDUCATOR CHARLESTON NATURAL HEALTH Stefanie DeWysockie 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 609-781-6623

Naturopathy for the Spirit, Mind and Body. Where Western medicine meets Eastern Healing! Call today for your free 20-minute consultation and discover your path to health and vitality. See ad, page 37.


Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 Licensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 36.


Adam Hall 588 Old Mt Holly Rd Goose Creek 843-203-8313 Back2Health Physical Medicine is a multi-specialty practice with a unique approach to pain. Our goal is to successfully restore your quality of life to its maximum potential. See ad, page 3.


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

life coach Victoria Hargis 843-284-6810

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

Jennifer Iamele Savage, MEd Certified Life Coach 508-942-0402

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


Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy Johns Island 843-708-8923 • A simple place for a sophisticated massage. Whether dealing with disgruntled muscles from stress or injury from an accident, we will design the correct massage for you. Techniques used include sports massage, neuromuscular, Thai yoga massage, and manual lymph drainage. Look for the addition of Watsu (water massage) this spring.


Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic!

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln 26

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NATURAL HEALTH ECOHEALTH WELLNESS CENTER & DETOX SPA Tiffany Jackson 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B Mt Pleasant • 843-884-4466

Tiffany Jackson specializes in chronic GI disorders, correcting nutritional deficiencies, personalized diet plans and detoxification. EcoHealth offers Infrared Saunas, Migun Massage and Alkaline Water. See ad, page 10.


Melyssa Jaskiewicz 247 Nelliefield Creek Dr, Wando 843-367-9542 • Young Living is committed to providing pure, powerful products for every family and lifestyle, all infused with the life-changing benefits of our essential oils.


Symmetry provides neurofeedback for individuals and families at our Centers, makes it easy for schools and professionals to implement neuro-pt, and now provides systems for safe use at home. Brain training to address negative characteristics of ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more.

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring


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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

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“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,

and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having piness. “It’s important not to ‘catastrophize’ a growth mindset is vital, focusing on or generalize a failure and extend it to other strengths without disregarding areas needareas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, ing improvement. a professor of psychiatry at Yale University Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s School of Medicine who focuses on postrealistic, yet positive, enables individuals to traumatic stress disorder and resilience. move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, being pragmatic serves them far better Make Caring Connections than a false sense of optimism about bad Social networks are critical in the face of situations, Feldman found, challenges, resilience exParents do a saying, “They grieved lossperts agree. “When we are es, but thought realistically disservice to their wronged or feel unsafe, it’s about what to do next.” natural to withdraw when kids when they “Optimism in the we should do the opposite,” try to remove best sense is focusing on says Feldman. “It’s also not adversity from their the number of friends you the positive without denying the negative, while have, or even how much lives. When little focusing on what’s in your time you spend with them, things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to that matters. All you need is at least one person you can Martin Seligman, fix it, let the kids count on.” known as the “father of positive psychology”, found figure out a solution. “We are built to be that when people take setThey’ll realize it’s not connected with others. It backs personally, viewing the end of the world. has a significant impact in regulating stress,” says them as permanent, per~Doug Hensch vasive and personal, they Southwick, a co-author of develop a sense of learned Resilience: The Science of helplessness that inhibits growth and hapMastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from

West Haven, Connecticut. Over the past two decades, Southwick and his colleagues have studied three groups that have come through harrowing events: being Vietnam War prisoners, Special Forces instructors and civilians. They found people that rebounded strongly often shared common attributes, including embracing a spiritual outlook and social network. In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding event, with his home and business buried under five feet of mud and water that nearly wiped out his clothing business, Kind Design, overnight. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had built. It also gave me a new perspective on what’s important. It made me aware that you can replace physical things, but you can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away by the support I received.” Redd ended up paying forward the kindness. “We cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inventory that were damaged that day, and are donating them to search-and-rescue teams and ski patrols. The more good you do, the more good other people will do,” Redd professes.

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Altruism and owning a moral code is another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. It gives you great strength,” he says. In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high school sweetheart and husband to suicide a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she began to process the tragedy, she saw two choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depression and give up or focus on our deep love for one another, get into therapy, and make a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professional help and signing up for the 16-mile Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, in New York City. “Getting into the best shape of my life at age 50 became my passion. As I walked through the night, I reflected on our beautiful memories as a couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the

nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage.

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ing period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take

ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

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baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Overview of Options Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (

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Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

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Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at 36

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Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain.

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ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She

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Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.



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nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


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magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a boardcertified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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“If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

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For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics

or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem,

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CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic


omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who

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by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eyeopener for youngsters, and they take pride

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Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s

Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives

people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

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ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. 44

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Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pres-

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When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?” sure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches by Alison James


ustralian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their own trials and tribulations with dating. A resident of Brisbane, Rosenfeld launched the website au in 2014, sharing what he’s learned in order to help women stop experiencing frustrations in dating and start attracting healthy, happy relationships. He’s also participated in the conversation at The Good Men Project on what enlightened masculinity means in the 21st century.

What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men?

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy?

Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

What mistakes do women make in the courtship phase? Women often get ahead of themselves in the dating stage, instead of taking enough time to let things unfold. I tell women 46

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about your-

self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Wellness Workshop – 7-8pm. Find out why The 21st Century Pharmacist has doctors and personal trainers amazed at how he’s helping people get off side effect-laden prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and helping them melt weight off by turning their bodies into fat-burning machines. Free. Location TBD. RSVP. 843-327-3726. Johnny@ Friday Night Speaker Series with Marcie Anderson: How to Heal Negative Patterning to Create the Life You Desire – 7-8:30pm. Join us with Author and Healer Marcie Anderson as we explore and anchor possibilities for change and your highest vision. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ Imbolc Ceremony – Honoring the Wheel of the Year – 7-8:30pm. Imbolc is the halfway point between winter and spring. Celebrate with a fire ceremony (weather dependent), meditation, sound healing and connection. Dress comfortably, bring a notebook or journal, and positive intentions. Facilitated by Sherry Kachanis. $22. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Contra Dance is an interactive event with live music provided by ContraForce, with a caller, Kenny Greer, explaining the moves. Beginner lesson starts at 7:30pm. Felix Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Cir, N Charleston. 843-323-9033.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Crystal Healing 101 – 9-11am. Alongside the talented empathic healer Madison Rosenberger, this crystal healing 101 class will be held at our Charleston location. Time during the class for shopping with advice from Madison. $25. Cornerstone Minerals, 539 King St, Charleston. 843-297-4217. Reiki Level II – Feb 3-4. 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. Join Maureen 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. Prerequisite Level I. 12 CEU class. $199. Bodhi Tree Charleston, 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-327-4761. Maureen@ Kangen Water Lecture – 11am-12pm. Learn About Kangen Water! What is ionization? What does alkaline mean? Does the water have antioxidants? Why is the water super-hydrating? Learn how to do laundry and clean your fruits and veggies with the water, and what it can do for your skin. Free. EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B, Mt Pleasant. 843-884-4466.

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Workshop and Book Signing with Marcie Anderson: Are We There Yet? Enlightenment for Busy People – 1-4pm. Through introspection, sharing and awareness, participants will see where they are stuck and learn tools to de-charge negative energy. A healing meditation will also be experienced. Receive a mantra to use, as well as a signed copy of Marcie’s book. $77. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine BridgeToAvalon. com.



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Reiki I Class – 11am-5pm. Complete Reiki I Class detailing all you need to know to practice Reiki on yourself, your friends and family, and your pets. You will learn the history of Reiki and how to work with Reiki energy. A light lunch is included. $200. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8, Charleston. 843-225-2024. I n f o @ C h a r l e s t o n H o l i s t i c C e n t e r. c o m .

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Beginner Belly Dancing – 6-7pm. Embrace the beauty of your unique shape, have fun and meet other adventurous women who aren’t afraid to let it roll. Wear comfortable yoga attire. We have hip shawls to share. Another session available 2/19. Facilitator: Marilyn Clifford. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Back2Health Weight-Loss Challenge – 6:308:30pm. Join us as we kick off our first annual weight-loss challenge. We’ll talk about losing weight the healthy way and keeping it off. This will be a monthly weight-loss forum. Lots of information and support to keep you motivated. Free. Back2Health, 588 Old Mt Holly Rd, Goose Creek. 843-376-5595.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Yoga – 6-7pm. Want an intimate class where you can really learn the poses? Want an instructor with deep knowledge and an unparalleled level of caring? This is the class for you. From beginners to those more advanced, find your place and pace on your mat. $12. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8, Charleston. 843-225-2024. I n f o @ C h a r l e s t o n H o l i s t i c C e n t e r. c o m . Check Off 10 to Move Within: Class 4: Shake it Off – 6-7:30pm. Reactivate the body with the Fourth Step in the 10 Steps of Health and Longevity. Learn to open channels and begin to balance the body’s energy checkbook. $55. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

6-Week Beginner’s Yoga Series with Suzanne Goldston – 9:30-10:50am. If you have been wanting to begin a yoga practice but not sure where to start, this series is for you. This intimate class will also include breathing and meditation instruction. There is a 6-person maximum and the registration deadline is 2/5. $99. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@

Group Meditation and Shamanic Healing – 6:307:30pm. Release your day with a guided meditation and Shamanic drum healing. Experience a healing like no other. Feel the vibrations of the powerful drum course through your entire body. Be cleared of any unhealthy energies you may be carrying. Facilitated by Sherry Kachanis. $22. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953.

tHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 8-Week Yoga Immersion Series with Suzanne Goldston – 6:30-8pm. Yoga means union. This class will unite the powerful practices of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation. If you have been wanting to deepen and explore your practice, this series is for you. There is a 6-person maximum and the deadline for registration is 2/6. $150. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Cannabidiol Hemp Oil Info at The Salt Oasis! – 7-8:30pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phyto-cannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important product you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented for those interested in the “Green Rush.” Free. The Salt Oasis, 103 Harth Pl, Ste B, Summerville. 843-324-0489.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 A Way to God: A Contemplative Journey Through the Cosmos and the Soul – Feb 9-11. 7pm, Fri through 1pm, Sun. In a quiet, rural setting, nourished by moments of silence and solitude, participants will experience the awe and wonder of the divine presence that calls them into an everdeepening dimension of existence. $275. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree.

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843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org. Friday Night Speaker Series: Trusting Your Intuition with Jessica Bohannon – 7-8:30pm. This evening will include interactive discussions about the differences between our Soul vs. Ego. Allowing ourselves to trust the push/pull of our soul and Divine intervention. Finding support from like-minded souls to help us along our spiritual journey. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Hatha Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Join Lea Austen as she facilitates Hatha Yoga to promote strength, flexibility and balance for the body and mind. Work to build strength and flow, set intentions, and use breath work to prepare for the weekend and week ahead. Another session available on 2/24. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Illuminate Charleston Mind-Body-Spirit Festival – 11am-6pm. Enjoy a day of natural health and spiritual rebalancing. Sample acupuncture, massage, Reiki, reflexology, energy healing, essential oils, crystals, intuitive readers and much more at special introductory rates. Free workshops are offered every hour. Shop for jewelry, gifts and books too. $4 tickets online, $6 admission at the door. North Charleston Marriott, 4770 Goer Dr, N Charleston. Sanctuary of Healing: A Day Intensive – 11am6pm. Participate in an experience designed to nourish your entire being—Creating Sacred Space, Meditation, Shamanic and Sound Healing, Understanding Chakras, Power of Intention, Strategies for Empaths, Time-line-therapy demonstration. Includes lunch and snacks. Advanced registration and payment required. Facilitator: Sherry Kachanis. $122. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. Igniting Your Soul Workshop with Jessica Bohannon – 1-3pm. We will ask our soul what it needs from our physical body and mind to align with our higher purpose. We will also connect to our soul to be in alignment with our destiny. Ignite the passion deep within to find your true self. $37. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Cannabidiol Hemp Oil Info at The 3rd Eye Lounge! – 5-7pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phyto-cannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important product you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented for those interested in the “Green Rush.” Free. 3rd Eye Lounge, 1418 Remount Rd, Ste A, N Charleston. 843-3240489. Bloom1. Valentine’s Dinner Fundraiser at Unity of Charleston – 6-10pm. Join us for food, fellowship and a celebration of love. $15. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.


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Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Unity of Charleston meditation in movement, using mantras from many of the world religions. Easy-to-do spiritual circle dances with music. Fun and energizing. 2nd Sat each Month. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

sUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Illuminate Savannah Mind-Body-Spirit Festival – 11am-6pm. A wonder-filled day of natural health and spiritual rebalancing. Sample acupuncture, massage, Reiki, reflexology, energy healing, essential oils, crystals, intuitive readers and much more at special introductory rates. Free workshops are offered every hour. Shop for jewelry, gifts and books too. $4 tickets online, $6 admission at the door. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St, Savannah, Georgia.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Cannabidiol Hemp Oil Info at bliss! – 6-7pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phytocannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important product you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented for those interested in the “Green Rush.” Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-324-0489. PrimeAndBloom@ 4-Week Fit Challenge – 6-7:10pm. Improve your range of motion, work capacity, stamina, coordination, flexibility, balance, strength and power in four weeks with the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise. Included in the series: two free educational classes on Proper Movement and Nutrition. $15 jump in, $80 new client special. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Creation and Celebration – Feb 13-15. 10am, Tues through 1pm, Thurs. This workshop will explore the 14-billion-year story of the galaxies, stars, rocks, trees and humans, through the celebration of creativity, compassion and depth. $300. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org. How to Make a Heart-Healthy Smoothie – 12-1pm. Come join us to learn how to make a heart-healthy, balanced smoothie. Sign up online or call to reserve your space. Free. EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B, Mt Pleasant. 843-884-4466. Info@ Check Off 10 to Move Within: Class 5: Through the Looking Glass – 6-7:30pm. Listen to the Body with the Fifth Step in the 10 Steps of Health and Longevity. Learn to hear the body and begin to balance the body’s energy checkbook. $55. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@

Holistic Health and Green Business Meetup – 6:30-8:30pm. Tax season is upon us, but there’s no need to stress out! Join us for some healthy treats, some networking with likeminded business owners, and some tax tips from our speaker Kylie Grieco. Register and pay by Feb 11. Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, 847 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant. 843821-7404.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 The Perfect Storm – Are You Seeking the Truth for Your Child? – 6:30-7:30pm. This impactful free event is for parents whose child struggles with sensory, seeking or avoiding behaviors; frequent meltdowns; overwhelm and emotional instability; trouble going to busy, loud public places; sleep and speech challenges; and/or motor, balance and postural problems. Free. 44 Markfield Dr, Unit B, Charleston. 843-203-3199. Office@NewHopeSC. com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Contra dance is fun for all ages. No experience needed. The caller, Dean Hooks, will explain everything. Live music, Green Levels, during the entire event. Beginner lesson starts promptly at 7:30pm. $8 (under 13, $4; under 5, free). Felix Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Cir, N Charleston.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Crystal Healing 101 – 9-11am. $25. Cornerstone Minerals, 539 King St, Charleston. 843-297-4217. Crossing Over into Deep Time – 10am-4pm. Interactive webinar, includes lunch. Draws on the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. Explores the unity of life, humanity and Earth within a single, unfolding universe. Focuses on the possibilities and challenges we face as the universe evolves and the planet is threatened. $50. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843382-9777. Reiki Teacher Certification Class with Jeannine Clemens – Feb 17-18. 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. This is a sacred role and the certification is a special experience. We would love to hold this space for you. Please contact Bridge to Avalon to register by 2/14, as space is limited. $497. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Race and Culture Film Series at Unity of Charleston – 1-2:30pm. View a film and group discussion to understand the history of America and how it has shaped the way we live. Every 3rd Sun. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@msn. com. Shamanic Journey and Potluck with Erin Sirona – 5-7:30pm. 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 for the potluck break in between. $20.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Aligned Life Series with Linda Devito – 6:308pm. Monthly Aligned Life is a series of classes created to assist you in clearing blocks. We will deal with a new topic each month from a spiritual perspective. We’ll explore topics such as health, relationships, personal power and abundance, just to name a few. Every 3rd Mon. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Check Off 10 to Move Within: Check Yourself – 6-7:30pm. Build your Body with the Sixth Step in the 10 Steps of Health and Longevity. Learn to fuel your body and consciously balance the body’s energy checkbook. $55. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Cannabidiol Hemp Oil Info at Ampersand! – 6-7:30pm. Learn about our Endo-Cannabinoid System, phyto-cannabinoids and hemp oil. There is research on over 250 conditions and cannabidiol. Hemp oil might be the most important product you add to your health regimen. Distribution opportunity will also be presented for those interested in the “Green Rush.” Free. Ampersand, 1965 Riviera Dr, Ste 1, Mt Pleasant. 843-324-0489. PrimeAnd Dinner Lecture – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for dinner as we talk about a variety of services we offer to our patients, and how as a team we analyze each patient’s case and come up with a Personalized Natural Medical Treatment. Please call Wanda to register. Free. Back2Health, 588 Old Mt Holly Rd, Goose Creek. 843-376-5595. Wanda@ OM Chanting – 6:30-7:30pm. OM Chanting is a powerful group healing technique that helps to release emotions, thoughts and negative energy. Experience a positive shift in your emotional, mental and physical well-being. We will chant for 45 minutes. Dress comfortably. Facilitator: Sherry Kachanis. Love donation of $10. Healing Hara Massage & Wellness, 209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville. 843-810-5953. HealingHara@yahoo. com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Conscious Dying Series: Bridge to the Beyond – 7-8:30pm. What if death could be a supported, celebrated and sacred process? Join us with Paige Hetherington as we explore the importance of contemplating our own mortality. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Reiki I and II with Jeannine Clemens – Feb 2325. 7-8:30pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. Have you been feeling called to learn the sacred practice of Reiki? We would love for you to join us. This

weekend will certify you in level I and II, allowing you to facilitate Reiki for yourself and others. $497. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. 12-Step Retreat for Women – Feb 23-25. 7am, Fri through 1pm, Sun. This retreat explores Native Spirituality as a way to connect to one’s higher power. Participants will experience sage blessings, prayer lodge, drumming and sacred pipe. $195. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@Springbank

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Get Fit Berkeley 5K Run and Walk – 9am-12pm. Join Back2Health for a 5K Run/Walk in Moncks Corner. Visit our booth where we will be providing information for your health, as well as a complimentary chair massage before and after the race. Visit our website for more details and to register. $30. Berkeley High School, 406 W Main St, Moncks Corner. 843-899-8800. Wanda@pmHealthAlliance. Com. Detox Lecture – 10-11am. Join Naturopathic Dr. Tiffany Jackson to learn about our 14-day EcoCleanse Detox Program. Receive meal plans and learn the best ways to naturally lose weight and detox your body of toxins. Sign up online or call to reserve space. Free. EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, 1051 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste B, Mt Pleasant. 843-884-4466. Info@EcoHealthWellness. com. Cooking with Essential Oils – 1-2pm. In this hands-on class, we will work as a team to prepare a healthy, three-course meal. After the class, we will all enjoy the meal together with time to learn more about oils, cooking and healthy living. Pay in advance: $25. 1280 Appling Dr, Club Room, Mt Pleasant. 508-942-0402. Jen@ The 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise – 2-3pm. What are the 8 Fundamental Movements? How do they improve your quality of life? How do you practice them effectively? All this and more with Health Coach and Trainer Andrew Dean. Included in the 4-Week Fit Challenge Full Round Series. $15. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 832-343-6726 Charleston Theosophical Study Center – 4-5:50pm. Public is welcome to our metaphysical study center. We discuss Reincarnation, Karma, Life after Death, etc. Meetings are held the last Sat of each month at the Otranto Public Library. Free, study book available. 2261 Otranto Rd, N Charleston. 843-899-0619. JoanHaye61@yahoo. com. A Night at the Speakeasy – 6-9pm. Join us for a 1920s Speakeasy FUNraiser with dancing (music by the V Tones), food, specialty drinks, roulette, blackjack and a live auction. You don’t want to miss this. Tickets are $45 each or 2 for $70. Purchase using Donate button on bliss website. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843345-7061. Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10:30pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl for popcorn, which will be provided. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St An-

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Check Off 10 to Move Within: Class 7: Eat. Think.Plan – 6-7:30pm. Plan for your body with the Seventh Step in the 10 Steps of Health and Longevity. Learn to create the body’s energy funds wisely and consciously. Balance the body’s energy checkbook. $55. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.

plan ahead THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Basketry: Weaving Balance and Beauty – Mar 1-5. 7pm, Thurs through 1pm, Mon. In this workshop, participants will enjoy the contemplative art of basketry. The schedule will include time for personal reflection and communal prayer. No experience necessary, materials provided. $425. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@SpringbankRetreat. org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 MUSC Center on Aging Senior Expo – 9am-2pm. All seniors, caregivers and senior service providers welcome to attend for free health screenings, exhibits and more. Free. 176 Patriots Point St, Mt Pleasant.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Save the Date: Reiki Level I – Mar 3-4. 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. This practical hands-on class includes a Reiki history, in-depth discussion and practices of Reiki’s many uses, a comprehensive manual, Level I Attunement and beautiful Certificate. 12 CEU class. Register by 2/28. $199. 321 Hollywood Dr, Charleston. 843-327-4761. Maureen@ BodhiTreeCharleston. com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Awakening the Soul Within – Mar 7-8. 10am, Wed through 4pm, Thurs. Participants will learn how to play a Native American-style flute that expresses their inner song. $200. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. 843-382-9777. Springbank@

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Crystal Healing 101 – 7:30-9:30pm. $25. Cornerstone Minerals, 539 King St, Charleston. 843-297-4217.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 The Hormone Connection: Why Hormones? – 6:30-9pm. To understand men and women, you have to understand their hormones. This will be the most powerful event you have ever attended. It will have an impact on your health and marriage. Dr. Flynn will make you laugh, think and equip you for life. $10-$25. Courtyard By Marriott Charleston, 1251 Woodland Ave, Mt Pleasant. 843-352-9966.

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Crystal Healing 101 – 7:30-9:30pm. $25. Cornerstone Minerals, 539 King St, Charleston. 843297-4217.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Holistic Health Fair and Fundraiser at Unity of Charleston – 1:30-4pm. Spiritual Building Blocks to the Self. Join us for a healthy lunch ($10, 12:45pm) before receiving up to five mini-sessions or consults with a variety of Healthcare Professionals. $35. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600.

sunday 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. 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. 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.

monday 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. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Beginners Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. New to Yoga? Now is the best time to start! This class explores the foundations of yoga, breaking down the poses, working on safe alignment, modifications, and

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Group Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Discover how to quiet the mind, find peace and ease stress. Gain control of your wandering overactive brain. Reconnect to your source of peace and centeredness. Guided visual meditations, inward reflection, peace in the present moment. Join us! Preregistration required via website or call. $12. Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga, James Island. 781-353-1553. group-meditation-1.


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lots of hands-on assistance. Come with an open mind and leave your limitations at the door. All are welcome. $12. Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga, James Island. 781-353-1553. Preregistration required at

Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@ Yoga – 6-7pm. Join us in a small yoga room where you are guided through the right poses for your body by a compassionate instructor. The space can only hold 6 yogis, so please sign up through our website. $12, $10 for new yogis. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Ste 8, Charleston. 843-225-2024. Info@CharlestonHolisticCenter. com. Birth Chart Astrology 101 – 7- 8:30pm. Great for beginners or anyone wanting a more spiritual perspective. Learn about the parts of the birth chart and what they mean. Visit and enter your birth info for your free chart to bring with you. Facilitator: Laura Baines. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 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. 843-364-5725.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. Weekly 12-Step Support Group – 2-4pm. We hear you. We’ve been there. We care. No RSVP needed. Drop-ins welcome. Cross talk permitted. Dan Gannon and Marsha Blyth lead this group using the Al Anon Workbook and support group dynamics. The workbook can be purchased at bliss or on Amazon. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant.

Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676. 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.

thursday Reiki for Vets –1-2pm. Free drop-in Reiki clinic for veterans and their spouse or caregiver. VAapproved volunteers will provide free 15-minute Reiki sessions to any disabled vet receiving services through the VA. No appointment necessary! Call or visit website for more information. Free. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, 101 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Cir, Goose Creek. 843-425-4906. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 6-7pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@

friday Weekly Reiki Clinic – 10:30-11:30am. “Rei,” meaning spirit or aura and “ki,” meaning energy removes energetic blockages and restores balance to the mind, body, emotions, and spirit through the channeling and receiving of love! Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to heal and receive. Facilitators: Rosalee and Moira. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-3457061. blissSpiritualCo-op. org

saturday Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit 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.


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2018 Astrological Forecast

Venus and Mars Are Alright Tonight! by Alexander Mallon


elationships and romance were hot topics in 2017. Venus and Mars (love and sex) traveled in conjunction for almost the entire year, offering a sexy and intensely passionate time. However, upsets with sudden endings—or the threat of endings—were explosively common as well. In the public forum, we saw many powerful men whose careers fell to the exposure of their sexual misconduct, highlighting a social rise of the feminine. Symbolically coincident, it’s astronomically important to note that when

Venus and Mars travel as a pair, Venus is especially bright in the sky, while Mars is unusually dim. This is due to Venus being much closer to Earth, while Mars is much farther away from the Earth than usual at this time. Thus, the visual/astronomical experience of Venus dominating Mars has been a standout, and one could say “Venus came down to Earth.” The 2018 new year opened with yet another Venus/Mars configuration. These two are now traveling in square to each other—a 90 degree separation—and the pair will be in square to one another for

much of the year. To understand this, one can think of the energy between a wall and a ceiling—a 90 degree square angle— where there’s an inner tension. Too much tension over time, without proper support, can cause walls—and relationships—to collapse. Additionally, Venus will be retrograde this coming fall next to Jupiter, highlighting a net effect of hyperintense relationship lessons, helping to define what a “healthy relationship” is in our personal lives. Also at this time, Uranus, planet of revolution, is finally moving into another sign after occupying the sign of Aries for the past eight years. Uranus is moving into Taurus, the sign of earth and field, so nature—or what is “natural”—is being highlighted. The Green Movement of recent years will grow exponentially stronger this year, and will powerfully challenge the status quo regarding our stewardship of Mother Earth. Uranus will be opposite the Venus/ Jupiter pairing mentioned above, indicating the potential for even greater relationship problems, with many couples feeling

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trapped or frustrated. Anyone who doesn’t recognize their own inner need to expand and grow regarding personal interdependence may find themselves or their partners exploding and suddenly doing an “about-face” against emotional demands. Eclipses are events that meld solar and lunar energies, and therefore conscious and unconscious layers of self are asked to unify in our collective psyche. January and February, and July and August, hold two eclipse cycles each in the signs of Leo and Aquarius. These eclipses can be likened to “laser-like” quantum leaps of awareness, indicating powerful exchanges regarding our social conscience. Here, our political and personal stories, especially our concepts of “self ” and “other,” are challenged to grow. Leo symbolizes one’s ego versus one’s Aquarian community consciousness. On February 15, there will be a partial solar eclipse of the sun in the sign of Aquarius, a powerful reactivation of last August’s solar eclipse! This solar eclipse happens to fall directly on the moon of

the United States’ 1776 birth chart. We can expect intensifying public turmoil and distress around political lines of division. Here again, we are asked to review our egoism and reflect on the need to create a unified collective whole in our society. Perhaps the most important cycle of 2018 is the move of Saturn into the sign of Capricorn, which presently contains the planet Pluto. It is important to understand that Saturn cycles coincide with material reality and challenges to personal growth. Saturn cycles occur every seven years, and coincide with both childhood and adult developmental milestones of growth and maturation. Pluto was discovered in 1931, at the time we discovered the element plutonium. Thus we now mix the Saturn cycle of maturation with plutonium, and we have a crucial time of maturing into our awareness of our personal and cultural power. This planetary pair falls directly upon the U.S. birth chart, and thus as a nation we are required to review our actual use of power in all forms—personal, environmental and political!

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