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News Briefs.

For those who are seeking more natural alternatives in their spa experience, Upstate patrons have an option in Greer: Tranquility Day Spa. In operation since 1981, the spa offers natural, vegan, botanical, gluten- and GMO-free products, and, during the month of December, all products will be discounted 20 percent. Christmas shoppers with family and friends (read more…)

On December 2, Santa is arriving at the Greenville Zoo to take pictures with the children and their families. The children will be able to visit with Santa from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and the first 100 children to take a picture with Santa will receive a cookie and milk. To celebrate the holidays, some of the animals around the zoo will have their own tree and will enjoy a variety of enrichment treats. The children’s visit to Santa is included in the admission price for the zoo.

Greenville Zoo is located at 150 Cleveland Park Dr., Greenville. For more information, call 864-467-4300, or visit


United Bank on Main is hosting their annual ice rink in downtown Greenville from November 24 through January 15. Located at the Village Green, Ice on Main will be open on Monday through Thursday, 2 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, including skate rental.

Ice on Main is located at 206 S. Main St., Greenville. For more information, call 864-467-4355, or visit


Harmony and Fusion, Carolina’s Center for the Healing Arts, will be holding its grand re-opening while also welcoming a new addition to its staff.

On Saturday, December 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., Harmony and Fusion will be hosting a meet and greet, a labyrinth walk and a drum circle; cost is $10, and includes 2 complimentary (read more…)

From December 2 through 10, Greenville is hosting a holiday multi-day event in the heart of downtown Greenville. Although details were not yet available at the time of this writing, attendees in past years (read more…)

The Dillsboro Inn—a nature-focused inn and yoga studio located on the shores of the Tuckasegee River in western North Carolina—is celebrating the completion of their new Moon School Yoga Resort Studio. The studio and adjoining deck will be the site of four weekend retreats beginning December 15 and continuing into January, 2018. (read more…)

If you are ready for the Christmas parade season, below are a few parades in the Upstate to check out.

December 2: The parade season starts with the Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade, which starts at the intersection of Main Street and Augusta Road and continues to the intersection of Main and North Streets. Attendees will enjoy 90 floats in the parade, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (read more…)

This year for the holidays, Belue Farms Natural Market has expanded its array of gift items. In addition to fresh fruit, Southern specialties and body care baskets, shoppers will find Himalayan salt lamps, spa products, essential oils and oil diffusers, natural soaps and (read more…)

Southern Om Hot Yoga Studio has announced the opening of their second studio in late October. “We are thrilled to be expanding the Southern Om family to serve the West End of downtown Greenville. This is a natural evolution for our business that has (read more…)

MEL-O-YOGA, a new yoga studio in Greer, had their grand opening on Monday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m. The celebration included a Chamber of Commerce led ceremony, snacks and a free, all-levels community yoga class. MEL-O-YOGA offered a 30-day unlimited package to those (read more…)

Leigh Healing Center welcomes an additional practitioner in November: Valerie D. Anderson, M.A., CCC-SLP, and her practice Path to Vibrant Living. Anderson has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Speech and Hearing Sciences degree, and is certified (read more…)

On November 18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Emerald Farm is hosting their annual Holiday Open House. The working farm, spread over 75 acres of rolling pastures dotted with fruit trees and large sheltering oaks, includes a village with shops, (read more…)

Dixon Wellness and Chiropractic, LLC, has recently added a nutrition-specific space, where patients can explore what the center has to offer, receive nutrition testing, and become better educated about maintaining their health. (read more…)

On August 30, Louise Hay, noted publisher, visionary and advocate who is often considered the founder of the self-help movement, transitioned peacefully of natural causes. Hay published her first book, Heal Your Body, in 1976 (at age 50) long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body. (read more…)

Leigh Healing Center is now hosting a free meditation and minfulness group between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Deborah Edwards, a Chopra Center certified “perfect health instructor” will lead the group in meditation and offer mindfulness tips and instruction. (read more…)

Illuminate: The Psychic and Healing Arts Expo, returns to Flatrock, North Carolina, on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29. The producers of the expo, Julie King and Itha Trantham, describe the event as “a celebration of the wonderful holistic and spiritual communities in the Upstate and mountain areas” which offers “real intuitive guidance, alternative healing therapies and great information.” (read more…)

Circulation Nation (CN) invites the public to their 5-year anniversary party on Saturday, October 14 from noon to 4 p.m. The celebration will include food, drink and music. “After 5 years, we are thrilled to be in a new, bigger building that allows us to house our existing studio and provides the opportunity to add natural health practitioners in massage, craniosacral, reiki, myofascial release, fascia blasting, medi-cupping and personal training,” says owner Linda Craig. (read more…)

After 25 years of helping thousands of people “live a better life,” Auger Family Chiropractic Clinic has renovated their office. “We have updated the building’s look, added more natural light inside, and re-worked the landscaping. As part of our patients’ healing process, they enjoy a uniquely beautiful and uplifting environment. (read more…)

Ruth Kyle, owner of Acupuncture of Greer, announces the addition of Judith Jung, who will be hosting thermography screenings every first and third Friday of each month. Thermography, a radiation-free, safe and harmless way to receive a breast screening, uses digital infrared imaging to detect changes in surface temperatures of the body which can indicate areas of concern. (read more…)

According to Donald Redman, the president of a solar energy company based in Taylors named U.S. Energy, there are two reasons why most people choose to turn to solar energy. The first is that they are interested in being energy independent or going green to help the environment. The second, and a driving factor for investment in solar power, are the Federal and State Energy Investment Tax Credits. These tax credits can offset up to 50 percent or more of the total project investment. (read more…)

Dr. Jay Wilkins, CEO of Nox Nutrients and formulator of its products, has announced new locations to buy their supplements: Wellness By Design and Garner’s Natural Life Market, both of which are located in Greenville. Wilkins explains that he added these locations in order to “make nitric oxide supplements more readily available to the greater Greenville area”. (read more…)

Nature’s Way Home: Counseling, Coaching, and Personal Growth Services provides nature-based and body-centered counseling and life coaching, an alternative to traditional forms that rely on the analytical left brain. Owner Shelly Smith explains that an analytical approach might be unable to resolve conflicting beliefs in the unconscious with the intentions being made consciously. (read more…)

In Greenville County there are an estimated 40,000 people who are currently suffering with a substance use disorder. But most are surprised to learn that more than 30,000 people are already in long-term recovery in the county. (read more…)

Crystal Vision Books and Events Center is hosting its 16th Annual Healing and Creative Arts Festival entitled Weave the Web. Held in Hendersonville, North Carolina, this public event is free to attend although activities such as readings may have fees. The event takes place on September 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (read more…)

Natural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in July in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting this month. (read more…)

Although human self-regulation is not an often discussed topic, it is the essence of our ability to heal. Our bodies are self-regulating organisms. For the most part, all we must do to survive is eat, drink and excrete. Of course there are far more complex processes involved in human life, yet our bodies, for the most part, self-regulate and self-heal. Self-regulation means self-healing. (read more…)

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