By Roberta Bolduc Reiki, as a form of what was once called “alternative healing”, is not a new concept. Many people may be familiar with the term but not quite sure just how Reiki works. Reiki is a form of energy healing developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. Since originating in Japan, reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world.
The first annual Women in Business Expo is being held at McAlister Square on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free parking and admission. “We are excited and thrilled to have the opportunity to coordinate this fun event for the women in the Upstate,” declares Linda Craig, owner of Circulation Nation.
by Roberta Bolduc Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Connie Casebolt Carver, aka Dr. Connie, and her husband, Randy Carver, are owners of Greenville’s Wellness by Design (WBD), a multi-care, holistic wellness center and spa that provides a wide range of treatments ranging from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), to ozone treatments for joint problems and chronic fatigue to Lyme disease and herpes. Dr. Connie
By Roberta Bolduc The David E. Shi Center, a 3400 square foot building situated on the pristine grounds of Furman University in Greenville, has made history from its inception. The building was Southern Living magazine’s first sustainable showcase home. The Shi Center is a Leeds-certified gold structure and offers state-of-the art education in sustainability. It is also a progressive community partner and a launch pad for innovative teaching.
by Roberta Bolduc Nestled on 125 acres of woodlands in the lush mountains of North Carolina, just a stone’s throw from the Upstate, is an intentional community called Adawehi. As defined by Wikipedia, “An intentional community is a planned residential community designed from the start to have a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork. The members of an intentional community typically hold a common social, political, religious, or spiritual vision and often follow an alternative lifestyle.” According to the Fellowship for Intentional Community (www.ic.org) there are 160 intentional communities in the United States that have been “built from the ground up”. That is an apt description of Adawehi.
Anderson County PAWS is an open-intake shelter that provided help to approximately 7,400 animals last year. Kim Sanders, their director and veterinarian, says the goal of PAWS is to find loving and wonderful homes for each of the 175 dogs and 15 cats that are presently available for adoption. There is no adoption fee for cats and the fee for dogs is $35, with reduced fees offered often. This includes
by Roberta Bolduc If you were a fan of mushrooms before visiting Mushroom Mountain, you will leave there in a state of awe at what nature has bestowed upon us with this easy-to-grow, delicious and incredibly beneficial fungi. At Mushroom Mountain, mushrooms come in many different shapes and sizes and are grown in as many varied mediums—logs, cardboard, plastic bags—as you can imagine. But Mushroom Mountain does not just grow an amazing variety of mushrooms. Sitting on 26 acres in Easley, South Carolina, it is a world-class laboratory and research facility
by Roberta Bolduc The Upstate is home to a growing number of natural health practitioners and holistic industries that reflect the current tide of renewed interest in the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Food Food has been called the “magic bullet” in dissipating chronic ailments and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Harriet Belue, co-owner of Belue Farms Natural Market in Boiling Springs, says she was “saved by food”.
by Linda Sechrist No one understands the holistic concept of homebuilding like Rodney Leatherman, founder of the EnergySource home. Leatherman’s unique whole systems approach to the home design and building materials used in his affordable, energy efficient homes embraces the concepts of interrelationships and connectivity, important home issues that are frequently overlooked by architects and builders. For example, Leatherman cites the significant differences between the average homeowner’s annual $2,200 energy bill and an EnergySource homeowner’s zero energy bill.
Now celebrating its fourth year, the popular VeganFest featuring world-class vegan and animal rights experts, delicious food, and lifestyle products will be held in Asheville from Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10. Guest speakers from around the country will present talks on Friday and Saturday, updating the audience on the latest vegan issues. In addition, workshops will be held on Friday and panel discussions on Saturday. On Sunday, the festival goes outdoors to Pack Square Park with over 100 vendors, including Upstate Natural Awakenings, to showcase vegan food, beer, lifestyle products and more.