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30 Day Meditation Challenge

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Our annual 30 Day Meditation Challenge begins November 1st.  Sign up here!

Do you ever crave slowing down?  Wonder why you're always feeling stressed and like you're giving 200%?  Want to bring mindfulness and gratitude into your daily life?  We invite anyone who would like to learn how to meditate or create a regular meditation practice to join us for this FREE challenge.

This is not a challenge as in a contest.  No one is keeping score; no one is judging you for how many meditations you do or don't do.  This is a challenge as in a "call" - to be more present, to know yourself better, to live more fully.  This is for you.

During the month of November, you will enjoy a daily email with a 10-20 minute meditation, health tips, recipes, art and reminders to embrace this moment.  This is a perfect time of year to take your stress level down a notch, be present in the moment with loved ones, and enhance gratitude in your life before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins.

We are grateful to our many friends who have contributed to this meditation challenge!   


Ancient Chinese Practices to Beautify Your Skin

Where: Wildcraft, 38 Windermere Blvd, Charleston
Date: Monday, October 23
Time:  6-7:30 pm
Cost: $45

Back by popular demand!  Our September workshop was so popular, we're offering it again!  Enjoy a unique workshop with Lisa Abernathy and Wildcraft's owner + curator, Holly Thorpe, on essential oils and Chinese medicine techniques you can use to enhance the health and beauty of your skin. We will discuss essential oils and carrier oils that are beneficial for your skin so you will better understand which products to purchase or make at home.  Then you will luxuriate in a self-facial using exquisite serums and balms from Wildcraft.  Lisa will explain and guide you through facial cupping and gua sha, and you will leave with a cup and gua sha set to use at home.  These effective, gentle, and easy-to-use manual techniques increase circulation to the skin, decrease wrinkles and discoloration, stimulate collagen, enhance lymphatic drainage, and give you a gorgeous glow.  The night will conclude with a private shopping experience.  Reserve your spot by contacting Wildcraft: stop in, or call (843) 619-7914.


power + support through MENOPAUSE

Where: Wildcraft, 38 Windermere Blvd, Charleston
Date: Monday, November 13
Time:  6-7:30 pm
Cost: $45

Join Blue Heron's Ashlee Dixon and Lisa Abernathy, licensed acupuncturists, for an experiential workshop that supports women who seek an empowered and peaceful transition through their menopausal (and postmenopausal) years.  We will explore essential oils, diet, herbs and lifestyle advice to enhance one's health and decrease uncomfortable symptoms during this shifting time.  

The natural hormonal shift that occurs during menopause does not have to leave you feeling frustrated and isolated. There are ways to get through it without hot flashes, nightsweats, insomnia, weight gain and mood swings. We will explore how the ancient practices of Chinese Medicine can help you gracefully flow through this transition feeling your best and recognizing your powerful self.

In Chinese Medicine, menopause is the decline of yin (blood, fluids, essence, feminine energy). We also see a corresponding increase of yang (active, masculine energy). We will discuss way to nourish and preserve the yin while using this increase in yang energy as an inspiration to make changes, set boundaries and perhaps invite in a new perspective on life. 

During the latter portion of this workshop, participants will create an essential oil facial elixir. Facial elixirs are a healthy, refreshing way to nourish your skin with rejuvenating antioxidants, cool hot flashes, decrease inflammation of the skin, and soothe irritation. Participants will also be provided with a medicinal herbal tea to nourish yin and essence. 

The night will conclude with a private shopping opportunity.  Reserve your spot by contacting Wildcraft: online, stop in or call (843) 619-7914.


Where: Candlefish, 71 Wentworth Street, Downtown Charleston
Date: Sunday, December 10
Time:  2-4 pm
Cost: $55

Essential Oil Gifts Galore!  You’ll make FIVE lovely gifts with essential oil blends of your choosing - to share for the holidays or keep for yourself!  Essential oils make fantastic gifts.  They are safe, effective, and user-friendly for home health care and relaxing self-care (we could all use a little extra self-indulgence).  

In this two hour workshop, you’ll learn the basic principles of essential oils - how to use them safely and effectively, dilutions, carrier oils, and notes.  Then you’ll make your own essential oil room or body spray, therapeutic topical blend, roll-on, facial serum, and bath soaking blend. For the gifts you make, you can choose from blends Lisa supplies or make your own! (Materials valued at $50)

We are very happy to announce that Blue Heron's own Ashlee Dixon has co-founded and is leading adventure retreats with MAHA Retreats.  

The five day, four night retreat in Fall 2018 will be a quest to pursue wholeness through immersion into the ancient wisdoms of Yoga, Meditation, Thai Massage and Chinese Medicine - including acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and essential oils.  Exploring and combining these practices with adventure, playfulness and live music while reconnecting with nature will guide us toward a deeper level of healing.  Acroyoga practice will awaken our playful nature and foster effective communication as well as trust with others.  Together, we will reflect on the power of the natural world while rediscovering joy and inspiration, grounding and connection, healing and renewal, gratitude and compassion.  We will celebrate the new moon and fall equinox and the coinciding transition of elements in Chinese Medicine.  From the Earth element, associated with Late Summer, we will move into the Metal element, associated with Autumn.

Crestone Mountain Zen Center is a Buddhist monastery set at 8,400 feet in southern Colorado.  It is nestled among the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and surrounded by 240 acres of pinon pines and juniper forest.  The beauty and seclusion of the center's location paired with the simple, concentrated and nourishing atmosphere of the Zen monastic setting provide a special environment for contemplation, inquiry and reflection.  Reserve your spot for the next MAHA Retreat.

(No experience necessary.  Participation in any of the activities is optional.)