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Event Spotlights for October/November

Oct 01, 2018 07:25PM

Here are some Austin-area events the focus on holistic health and wellness.

Workshop Helps Create Purpose and Identify Values

Jenna Opperman, MFA, LMSW, and Co-Active Coach of Such Wild Becoming Coaching, will present a workshop, Living a Purposeful and Values-Driven Life, from 2 to 5 p.m., October 13.

“Participants will have the opportunity to explore their purpose, reconnect with their values and create a plan to infuse their deepest truths into daily life,” says Opperman.

Her method of coaching, called Co-Active Coaching, derives its strength from the collaboration between client and coach.

“By working together, we have the potential to bring out the very best in ourselves and the very best in one another,” notes Opperman. “Emotion guides learning in every aspect of our lives, which is why the client–coach relationship is the focus of my practice.”

Cost: $195. Workshop participants should bring a notebook and a writing utensil of their choice. For more information, or to register, call 512-350-7019 or visit

Austin Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Heart Walk

More than 7,000 Central Texans will come together for the American Heart Association’s annual Austin Heart and Stroke Walk on October 20, at The Long Center. This year celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Heart Walk.

The pet and family-friendly event brings together corporate sponsors, walk teams, individual walkers, survivors of heart disease and stroke and lifestyle-change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle, while raising funds.

Held in 300 communities across the nation, more than 1 million people will join American Heart Association Heart Walks to take a stand against heart disease and stroke and help us all be Healthy For Good.

Admission is free and open to the public. Competitive 5K chip-timed race: $40. 7 a.m. Registration; 8 a.m. Program; 8:30 a.m. Race/Walk begins. For registration, and more information, visit

PURE Action’s Yoga Research Conference

PURE Action will host its third annual Yoga Research Conference (YRC) October 27 and 28, at the University of Texas at Austin Thompson Conference Center. More than a dozen experts at the forefront of yoga research—many from the Texas scientific community—will present talks on yogic breathing and its impact on numerous modern diseases; hot versus normal temperature yoga on the cardiovascular system; and yoga in the treatment of opioid addictions. Stacy Hunter, Ph.D., and PURE Action’s research director, has curated this year’s topics and speakers.

“We believe that yoga has the power to heal the world. After two fantastic conferences, we have decided to take advantage of our strong ties in the Texas research and yoga communities,” notes Carolyn Cummins, of PURE Yoga Texas. “Bringing these two communities together creates a forum to inform and inspire influential people to integrate yoga into our health and wellness systems.”

Mardy and Jeff Chen, owners of PURE Yoga Texas and co-founders of PURE Action, are passionate to help heal the world with yoga. PURE Action’s mission is not only to bridge the benefits of yoga to mainstream medicine through scientific research and education, but also to bring yoga directly to underserved communities.

To participate, email [email protected] For more information, visit

Gathering of Herb Lovers to Celebrate and Share Experience

Moonflower Herb Fest will gather herbalists and herb lovers to share their experiences with plant medicine, healing and plant magic, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., November 3, at Zilker Botanical Garden, in Austin. The festival will give participants the opportunity to meet local Texas herbalists. Diverse classes will be offered for beginners and advanced plant lovers.

Keynote speaker Mary Ayodele, foundress of the Institute of Africana Cosmology, will share the significant cultural and spiritual importance of plants in African traditional and diasporic religions, and their kinship to Native American ethnobotany.

An integral mission of the festival is to create sacred space and grow the local herbal community. Native plant medicines of Texas will be shared through classes and plant walks. Since the festival will occur on the Day of the Dead, classes and ceremonies surrounding death and the grieving journey will be featured, with a Day of the Dead celebration closing the festival agenda.

Registration: All-Access Pass, $125; preorder lunch for $15 or bring your own. Location: 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. For more information, visit and

Learn The Mystic Science of Creating Synchronicities

A Source & Synchronicities weekend course will be held on November 10 and 11 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at the University of Texas, where participants may access the Power of Source and the Power of Consciousness in three important life zones—healing, love and wealth. Preethaji, an enlightened sage and founder of O&O Academy, along with her faculty, will be teaching this course via webcast from India. Her wisdom is a perfect convergence of two worlds, the worldly and the spiritual; and the scientific and transcendental.

There will also be a free Introductory Evening and Oneness Meditation from 7 to 9 p.m. on November 9 at Casa de Luz Auditorium (1701 Toomey Road), in Austin.

Preethaji says, “Life today can be challenging. Change is a constant. From what perspective do you approach life? Is it from anxiety and lack or from confidence and abundance? Learn how to transform your restlessness into a state of inner peace and inspiration. Imagine feeling so connected that you're in the flow, regardless of changing circumstances.”

Location: 1900 University Ave., Austin. Register at For more information, email Eric at [email protected].

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