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Eco Investing Seminar by Syntropy Wealth Management

Derek Eckert of Syntropy Wealth Management will present, Eco Investing: How to Position your Portfolio for the Green Revolution, on Wednesday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Austin. The discussion is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

“Start your New Year right by aligning your investments with your environmental ethos,” says Eckert, who is a Certified Financial Planner with over 20 years’ experience.

Eckert offers comprehensive holistic planning and asset management, as well as retirement planning, insurance needs, tax information and addressing long-term goals for clients and their children.

Free. Seating is limited, RSVP to [email protected] or call 512-740-7333. Syntropy Wealth Management is located at 7500 Rialto Blvd., Bldg. 1, Ste. 250, Austin.

Yoga for Writers Mini-Retreat

Luna Nidra will present a mini-retreat, Yoga for Writers, from 2 to 4 p.m., January 26, at Soma Vida Healing and Wellness, in Austin. The two-hour retreat will use gentle movement and guided relaxation to break down the barriers keeping writers from their work. After the yoga practice there will be time to write in a supportive, quiet, distraction-free environment.

The retreat is open to writers of any genre and any level of experience who are struggling with a creative project.

“No yoga or meditation experience required,” says Allyson Whipple of Luna Nidra. “Just bring yourself and your work for a peaceful, relaxing and creativity-filled afternoon.”

Luna Nidra classes utilize the concept of yoga nidra for relaxation, meditation, stress reduction, general wellness, overcoming creative blocks and a host of other difficulties.

Cost: $80. Location: The Prana Studio at Soma Vida Healing and Wellness, 2324 Cesar Chavez St., Austin. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Personal Discovery Awaits at the Body Mind Spirit Expo

Now in its 31st year, Body Mind Spirit Expo has become the largest health and wellness expo in the U.S. The expo creates an arena for the general public to increase their knowledge of alternative health and metaphysical topics.

Coming to Austin for the 16th year, February 2-3, and July 20 through 21, at the Palmer Events Center, the expo brings to life a positive healing environment. The best from Austin join with others from throughout the country to provide the essential tools for discovering overall health and wellbeing.

Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books and enlightened art. Healers at the expo provide treatments ranging from massages and yoga techniques to intuitive readings.

“Rejuvenate—receive a relaxing massage, have your aura photo taken and open yourself to new ideas,” says Marcella Goodman, one of the event coordinators. “The expo offers a safe environment for growth and exploration, so mark your calendar for the entire weekend.”

While at the Expo, visit Natural Awakenings Austin partners Chiki Buttah, Healthy Help 4U, Nature’s Treasures, and HelpMeHemp. Weekend admission of $12 includes all lectures and demos, as well as admission to the Exhibit Hall. Location: 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.

For more information, and a $1 off coupon, call Marcella at 541-482-3722 X2 or visit

Introduction to Non-Violent Communication Workshop

Dian Killian, Ph.D., of Work Collaboratively (based in Brooklyn, NY) will present, Connecting across Differences: How to Like those You Love, from 7 to 9:00 p.m, February 5, at LifeWorks (East), in Austin.

In light of the rapidly increasing polarization in our politics and culture, it is becoming more challenging to show up authentically in the world, in both personal and professional relationships.

“Now more than ever, with all the pressures facing us and the increasing rate of divorces and relationship breakdowns, people are looking for tools to create more ease, trust and harmony with people they care about,” Killian says. “This workshop provides tried-and-tested tools for living and communicating authentically, despite past grievances, misunderstandings and differences.”

Attendees can expect to learn skills for: more empathy, understanding and compassion in their lives; new awareness and tools to deepen connection and trust in relationships; and greater self-connection and capacity to act on needs.

Dian Killian is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, a certified life coach and author of two books: Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York and Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere.

Cost: $37/person. Location: 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin. For more information, call local host Craig Kern at 512-595-0265 or email [email protected] To register, email [email protected] or visit

“Rewild” with The Rooted Method Luxury Camping

The Rooted Method presents, Desert Dreams Rewild Retreat, a four-night luxury camping retreat February 20-24 in Big Bend National Park and Terlingua.

In this all-inclusive camping retreat, all campers need is the clothes on their back; The Rooted Method will take care of the rest of the work. Campers will tap into pristine wilderness, eat gourmet plant-based food catered by Curcuma, meditate by the waterfall and make life-long friends in this one-of-a-kind healing wilderness experience. No prior camping or outdoor experience is necessary.

“The retreat is meant for anyone looking to reap the rewards of being immersed in nature for a few days without any of the hassle,” says Cristina Schooler, owner. “We take care of all the details from food, to your camping gear, healing exercises an exploration throughout the park. We also offer ample opportunity for outdoor education and thoughtful reflection.”

Three nights will be spent camping in the park and one night will be lodged in a bed and breakfast in the small ghost town of Terlingua.

Cost: $500. For more information, visit

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