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Essential Oils and Home Care Tools for Little Ones:
Chinese Medicine Tips for Infants & Children

Where: Candlefish, 71 Wentworth Street, Charleston
Date: Sunday, August 13
Time:  2-4 pm
Cost: $55

Join Lisa Abernathy to learn simple, effective and gentle techniques to care for babies and children at home.  We'll discuss the basic principles of pediatric medicine according to Chinese Medicine, dietary therapy, acupressure, and gua sha and cupping - two manual techniques that are incredibly helpful for colds, flus, respiratory conditions and other ailments. Participants will enjoy hands-on gua sha and cupping practice.  We will then cover the best essential oils for kids, dilutions, carrier oils, top/middle/base notes, and safe applications.  Each participant will take home a gua sha tool, cup, and an essential oil first aid kit (5 of the most used oils/blends) in a beautiful, handmade case.  Plus, participants will each get to make their own 5 ml therapeutic essential oil blend. (Kit and supplies valued at $65.)

Don't forget classes at Candlefish are B.Y.O.B. - bring your own beverage - glassware provided! Participants also enjoy 15% off shopping during class. Reserve your spot by contacting Candlefish: online, stop in, or call (843) 371-1434.

Points & Poses: Late Summer & The Earth Element Workshop

Date: August 26th

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $35

Limited to: 15 participants

Join Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher, Ashlee Dixon for a unique experience where she will guide you through a flow and yin yoga class followed by a community style mini-acupuncture treatment, while relaxing in savasana. In Chinese Medicine, there are five seasons which include Late Summer. You will learn why this is an important time to support our Earth element and the associated organ systems, Stomach and Spleen. We will take a moment to get grounded, enhance our digestion, find stability and stillness in our lives, and provide ourselves with deep nourishment.

You will also be provided with self care tools such as an Earth element essential oil blend and a medicinal herbal tea to take home. 

Chinese Medicine and Yoga are ancient systems that each bring harmony to the body, mind and spirit in their own unique ways. Let’s explore a deep level of collective healing as we combine the two. 


Ancient Chinese Practices to Beautify Your Skin

Where: Wildcraft, 38 Windermere Blvd, Charleston
Date: September 25
Time:  6-7:30 pm
Cost: $45

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: online, stop in, or call (843) 619-7914.

The Metal Element: Self-Care for Autumn
Essential Oils, Diet and Lifestyle Advice to Strengthen Your Lungs and Uplift Your Spirit

Where: Candlefish, 71 Wentworth Street, Charleston
Date: Sunday, October 15
Time:  2-4 pm
Cost: $45

During this unique, interactive workshop, Blue Heron's Lisa Abernathy will discuss food, essential oils and skincare to nurture your Metal element, which relates to the Fall season and the organs of the Lungs and Large Intestine.  In Chinese Medicine, this pair emotionally relates to sadness, grief, transition and the ability to let go.  One finds a reflection of this dynamic in the natural world by observing the cooling temperatures and falling leaves.  Decay is in the air, but out of that decay is born gratitude, inspiration, stillness, nostalgia, introspection and beauty.  When our Metal element is healthy, we are able to appreciate the ways in which our pasts have shaped us and look forward to what is to come.  The physical roles of the Lungs and Large Intestine mirror the psychoemotional aspects: the breath (inspiration) and excretion (letting go).  While emotionally lifting one's spirits, strengthening the Lungs and Large Intestine physically supports one's breathing, immune system and bowel movements.  Furthermore, the Lungs govern the skin, which can be susceptible to dryness during these later months of the year.   

The latter portion of this workshop will give participants the opportunity to make a 5 ml essential oil therapeutic blend and an essential oil roll-on to support the physical and emotional health of their Metal element.

Don't forget classes at Candlefish are B.Y.O.B. - bring your own beverage - glassware provided! Participants also enjoy 15% off shopping during class. Reserve your spot by contacting Candlefish: online, stop in, or call (843) 371-1434.


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.

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 September 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: September 18-22, 2017.

(No experience necessary.)

30 Day Meditation Challenge

Online, FREE

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!