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.
The popular Illuminate Expo will again return to Flat Rock at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at Blue Ridge Community College. This biannual psychic and healing arts fair will host over 70 exhibitors, including healing therapists, intuitive counselors, Reiki practitioners, psychics, and many other talented health practitioners and healers. There will also be free lectures, and metaphysical and spiritual gift items for sale such as books, healing tools, crystals, jewelry, art, music and more.
by Roberta Bolduc If you’re a cat lover and haven’t yet visited Greenville’s Organic Cat Café, you are in for a treat. Located at 123 College Street, right next door to the iconic Café and Then Some, the Organic Cat Café is currently home to 26 resident cats of all colors and stripes. This brand new business, which opened its doors in November of 2017, is the brainchild of Jennifer Bronzel. She grew up in Germany and talks of the popularity of cat cafés in Europe and Asia,
by Roberta Bolduc Dr. Kristin Davis, owner of Davis Audiology, chose audiology as a career because she wanted to provide a service to the community and was drawn to being in a health-related field. A small town girl, she is a South Carolina native who earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in audiology from Memphis State University, before beginning her practice in Greer, South Carolina, in 2008.
If you think Garner’s Natural Life is a Greenville fixture, you would be right. Originally named Garner’s Natural Foods, the business was started by Coral Garner in 1969 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at Westgate Mall. Coral began by selling her homemade banana bread along with other small household items out of the back of a 750-foot trailer. Meanwhile, her son Robin, who was visiting Florida, discovered he had a passion for natural heath. Coral decided to