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Local News Briefs for June


Help Me Hemp Opens Storefront NW of Austin

On June 1, expanded its retail operations to include a brick and mortar store at 101 South Austin Street, in Holland, northwest of Austin. The store, Hemp Family Health, will feature the company’s full line of hemp dietary and skincare products including organic hemp protein blends—with added maca, dandelion or goji—organic hulled hemp seeds, cold-pressed organic hemp oil, handcrafted organic skin care and more. Co-owners Keri and Robert Myorski also plan on adding a fitness program to the daily operations.

“We are happy to open up to the community and share our passion for health and pure products,” says Keri. “We are looking forward to educating the public through our journey of childhood cancer and natural health and healing.” is currently donating proceeds from the sale of their Jack Gives Back T-shirts to the Keira Kilbane Foundation to support families facing the myriad of issues with childhood cancer. See a related story on Jack Gives Back in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings.

For more information, visit

Sound of Soul Service Promotes Inner Peace, Divine Love

Eckankar Austin presents the Sound of Soul service at 11 a.m on the second Sunday of every month, featuring HU—a sacred sound and ancient name for God that has been sung for thousands of years.

Benefits of chanting HU include experiencing inner peace, divine love, self-discovery, spiritual growth, expanded awareness and a healing of the heart.

Eckankar offers these community events for those who wish to experience this uplifting sound and its benefits in the company of others. Participants will be able to sing, enjoy casual spiritual conversation after the chant, and meet friendly people who share a love for God—people who live dynamic, spiritual lives. The events are presented in a relaxed environment.

Free. Location: 223 W Anderson Ln, Building B, Suite 206, Austin. For more information, visit

Eternal Waters Aquamation Moves into Larger Space

Eternal Waters Aquamation, a water cremation service for pets located in Pflugerville, has announced a new location at 1019 South Heatherwilde Boulevard, Suite 230, in a building just across from their old suite at the business park. The larger space will allow the company to offer a more comforting and complete experience for families who are saying goodbye to their pets.

“Our new suite includes a room where you can have a private moment to say goodbye to your pet, host a memorial service, attend pet first aid courses or pet loss support groups,” says co-owner Karin Sanchez. “The room is available at no charge to anyone bringing a pet.”

Eternal Waters uses a gentle, eco-friendly, water-based cremation process that uses 90 percent less energy than traditional fire cremation and still allows for families to have their pet’s ashes returned to them. The process uses about the same amount of water as a 10-minute shower and is emission-free.

For information on additional uses for the room, contact Karin at 512-369-2913, email [email protected] or visit

ATX Hyperbarics Offers New Light Therapy to Consumers

ATX Hyperbarics, a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinic, announces Austin’s first, full-body PhotoBioModulation bed to be installed in a clinical environment and available for use by the general public interested in the latest in light therapy.

Light therapy has been shown to help cells’ mitochondria produce more energy, thereby reducing inflammation and increasing collagen and elastin production for tighter, more beautiful skin and speeding up athletic recovery from injuries or workouts. The treatments last 10 to 15 minutes, two to three times per week for best results. The PhotoBioModulation table at ATX Hyperbarics uses five different wavelengths and is three times more powerful than another therapy known as a Joov panel.

“Combining light therapy with hyperbarics generates amazing energy results,” says owner Clay Womack. “Feed your cells with extra oxygen (with HBOT) and then supercharge them with light energy.”

Book appointments by calling 512-953-9421 or visit to book online. For more information, visit

Feileacan Trauma Release Class Offered

Izzy Swanson, owner of Feileacan Ministry, will present a class on the Feileacan Trauma Release Technique from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 3 and 4 and August 10 and 11. The class is taught over two weekends.

The Feileacan Trauma Release Technique combines reiki, trauma-informed practices, mindfulness, guided meditation, the principles of somatic therapy, and additional techniques to empower each individual’s healing process and ensure the safety of the client.

“This class is designed to teach you how to interact with the energy of trauma and soul wounds,” says Swanson. “You will learn advanced techniques for protecting yourselves and others, how to recognize trauma and soul wounding, and the Feileacan Trauma Release Technique for healing for soul wounds and guiding souls to safety.”

Techniques learned in this class are well-suited for working with individuals experiencing the effects of trauma, PTSD, and addiction.

Cost: $500, registration must be received by July 1. Class size is limited to 6 people. Location: 2520 Longview St., Ste. 313, Austin. For more information and to register, visit

Georgetown Educational Kitchen to Offer Summer Camps for Kids

Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen Educational Center has launched Kids in the Kitchen—three, half day, holistic-themed summer camps for children.

Flavors from Around the World will be held from June 10 through 14. Each day campers will "visit" a different country, sample the tastes and aromas of the area and combine their skills to create a dish from scratch which the campers will enjoy for lunch.

Journey into Herbalism will be held from June 24 through 28. Campers will learn how to properly identify, harvest and preserve native plants and make natural products they will get to take home and enjoy.

Healthy Eats will be held July 8 through 12. Each day campers will create three to four recipes including one snack and their lunch. If time allows, we will include a kitchen craft as well.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are taught by Robin Cervantes, integrative health counselor and food sensitivity coach with over 20 years of child education experience. Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen is a top allergen-free kitchen including dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, nuts and tree nuts. Some recipes may contain coconut and corn.

Costs vary. Location: 1911 N. Austin Ave., Suite 102, Georgetown. For more information, visit

Capital Metro Launches Transit Thursdays

Capital Metro has joined forces with the city of Austin to encourage people to make transit a regular part of their transportation habits. The agency celebrated national Get on Board Day in April and used the moment to launch a new initiative called Transit Thursdays. This weekly event is designed to challenge Central Texans to help reduce traffic and their carbon footprint by taking transit at least once a week. Capital Metro’s

Transit Thursdays is an effort to create a culture of transit, making public transportation a travel option for more people. The purpose of the initiative is to promote the benefits of transit for cities and their residents. For example:

  • Owning a car in Texas can cost up to $985 a month. A 31-day Capital Metro bus pass runs $41.
  • Traveling by bus or train has been found to be 10 times safer than riding in cars.
  • Transit users are more active, getting more than three times the daily physical activity by walking from stops and stations to their destinations.
  • Transit riders experience lower stress levels than car drivers.
  • Public transportation produces less pollution than cars, resulting in cleaner air.
For more information, visit

Austin to Host First National Greenerbuilder Conference

USGBC Texas is excited to host the first regional conference for USGBC in the country in Austin at the LEED Platinum Austin Central Library. On June 27th the inaugural Greenerbuilder Austin conference will feature three events and focus on addressing key topics and issues facing local and regional communities and how green building can create more sustainable buildings, cities and communities that have a positive impact on human health and raise the standard of living for everyone.

Designed for green building professionals, Greenerbuilder Austin will begin with an exciting Women in Green panel, feature inspiring and substantive programming and education throughout the day, and conclude with the USGBC Texas Leadership Awards and evening reception. The Central Texas Region of USGBC Texas is also organizing three tours of LEED-certified projects for early arrivals the day before the conference.

To learn more about the conference and to view the schedule, visit (search for Greenerbuilder Austin).

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