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Local News Briefs for July

Jul 06, 2019 08:18PM

Best of Both Worlds at Summer Holistic and Metaphysical Expo

Spiritual Life Productions presents the Austin Metaphysical and Holistic Life Expo from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 6, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 7, at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown.

Attendees will be able to explore and interact with many different practitioners such as psychics, readers, astrologers, energy workers, crystal and jewelry vendors, gifts and metaphysical products under one roof.

“Come visit with us and our psychic readers, intuitives and vendors,” says Marilyn Waggoner, organizer of the event. “All independent practitioners and vendors are selected from the best of the best both locally and from around the country.”

Educational lectures presented cover advanced, intermediate and basic topics, giving the attendees an opportunity to interact directly with many of the experts and practitioners in a one-on-one group learning experience.

Cost: $8. Location: 6000 Middlefiskville Rd. Hourly door prizes. For more information, please visit or on Facebook at /SpiritualLifeProductions.

International Event: A Journey into Awakening

An international one-day event, A Journey into Awakening, will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 9 at the Hyatt Place Austin/Arboretum hotel. The workshop will be conducted by a spiritual teacher from India who will live stream teachings to more than 40 locations in North America.

This one-day workshop is being presented for the first time in the United States. A recent workshop at a location in Europe attracted over 1000 people in one location. Participants reported experiences leading to inner calm, improving and healing relationships and success in areas of self-interests and more.

Participants at this workshop can expect to experience a calmer mind, profound inner peace, spiritual growth, transformation in consciousness, better health and loving relationships and achieve success in the outer world.

An additional three-day workshop, Awakening into the Golden Age, will be held August 2 through 4, at Domain Westin.

Cost: $250. Purchase tickets at For more information, email Bhaskar Rao at [email protected] or visit For information about the three-day workshop, visit GoldenAge.Events/Texas/.

Marconics: The Human Upgrade

Marconics Teacher/Practitioners, Kristi Farmer and Veronica Galindo Rios will present Marconics Spiritual Alchemy and Ascension Healing, a Marconics Level 1: ‘No-Touch’ Practitioner Certification Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on August 3 and 4.

According to the organizers, participants in the class will: “Access ascension energy from the newly completed Infrared System of Space; Learn how to anchor Ascension Frequencies to the planet; Entrain others to higher vibrations through the Unified Field; Drop density, and shed karmic debris from your energy field; and Activate DNA and stimulate the new Lightbody Templates.”

“Marconics is the ‘Evolution of Energy Healing’, hailed by Spirit as, ‘The Vehicle of Ascension,’” says Farmer. “Whether you choose to become a healer, or simply access the full spectrum of Marconics Light encoded frequencies to further your own personal Spiritual evolution, you will be forever transformed.”

Farmer and Rios will also host a free introduction to Marconics Energy with free sample sessions for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a practitioner from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 12 at a private residence, contact for details.

Cost for training: $450. Location shared upon registration. For more information, contact Kristi Farmer or Veronica Galindo Rios at 424-282-5055, email [email protected] or visit

Explore Kundalini in Upcoming Seminar

The Kundalini Research Foundation will present a two-day seminar on Exploring Kundalini, from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 19, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20 at Unity Church of the Hills. The seminar will be led by Dr. Steven Vasquez, LPC-S, LMFT.

Kundalini is an ancient term for the energy and consciousness that lie at the base of the spine as the source of all life force energy. Kundalini remains somewhat of a mystery to most and this seminar will explain this mystery and assist participants in having a direct Kundalini experience.

Dr. Vazquez is a world-renowned therapist, lecturer and author, and has personally experienced a full Kundalini awakening over the past 40 years. One of his primary books, Spiritually Transformative Psychotherapy, offers fresh insights into counseling people with diverse spiritual and religious philosophies.

The Kundalini Research Foundation is an Austin area non-profit research and education organization which is based on the life work of Pandit Gopi Krishna.

Cost: $125. Location: 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin. For more information, contact the Kundalini Research Foundation at 512-673-7051 or 52, or email Chuck Robison at [email protected]

Personal Discovery Awaits at the Body Mind Spirit Expo

Coming to Austin for the 16th year, July 20-21, at the Palmer Events Center, the Body Mind Spirit 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.

Weekend admission of $12 includes all lectures and demos as well as admission to the Exhibit Hall. The expo offers a safe environment for growth and exploration, so mark your calendar for the entire weekend!

Cost: $12. Location: 900 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX. For more information and a $1 off coupon, call Marcella at 541-482-3722 X2 or visit

Funeral Provider to Offer Water Cremation for Texans

Melissa N. Unfred, Austin mortician and national funeral industry influencer, has launched the first and only environmentally focused, carbon-neutral funeral home in Texas, Affinity Green Cremation Texas.

“Our mission is to empower families through the thoughtful adoption of technology and innovation, while reducing the stress and environmental impact brought on by traditional funeral practices,” said Unfred. “We are Texas’ only carbon-neutral funeral home; we use no paper and utilize only recycled material during our process.”

Service offerings include contemporary flame cremation, as well as Texans’ first opportunity to select water cremation, the most environmentally friendly method of cremation available, in association with Hughes Flameless Alternatives.

Affinity Green Cremation Texas is a fully licensed funeral home with nearly 20 years of experience. Licensed funeral director Melissa Unfred is a proud supporter of both the National Home Funeral Alliance and the Funeral Consumers Alliance.

For more information, call 512-537-1973, email [email protected], or visit

13th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference in San Marcos

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and the Council for Healthy Food Systems present the 13th annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference on August 12 and 13 at Texas State University in San Marcos. Independent family farmers and ranchers, homesteaders, home gardeners, activists, and local food enthusiasts will explore the latest developments in sustainable agriculture and cultivate a unified voice on behalf of family farms.

This event offers pre-conference workshops for farmers and ranchers on August 11, with the next two days exploring topics ranging from beekeeping and soil health to diversifying a farm business with specialty crops like hemp and olives.

Keynote addresses feature permaculture designer Mark Shepard, author of the book Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers; and Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell, owners of the 14,000-acre, holistically managed Birdwell & Clark Ranch northwest of Ft. Worth.

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance is a non-profit organization that advocates for common-sense regulations on behalf of small-scale farmers, ranchers, local food producers, and consumers.

For more information call Teresa Davenport at 973-703-3103, email [email protected] or visit

Austin Energy Launches EVs are for EVeryone Campaign

Austin Energy has launched its EVs are for Everyone campaign to raise awareness and educate about electric vehicle availability, charging and use. The project involves community outreach, marketing, staff investments and several programs to increase visibility and awareness of electric vehicles.

Their Plug In EVerywhere program allows members to pay only five dollars per month for unlimited charging at more than 250 locations around the city.

Another program, EVs for Schools, allows for charging stations at schools which students can monitor usage data and learn from a special science-based curriculum about electric vehicles.

Additionally, Austin Energy is looking for members of the community to become champions for their electric vehicle outreach. Becoming a champion includes following and sharing their social media posts and inviting an Austin Energy representative to speak at meetings and social gatherings.

For more information, contact Amy Atchley at [email protected]

K-12 Sustainability Grants Program Reaches Milestone

The City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability’s K-12 Sustainability Grants Program has funding its 300th project. The Bright Green Future Grants program recognizes and supports innovative projects that inspire K-12 students to become lifelong environmental stewards.

Through a competitive selection process, school-based sustainability projects can be awarded up to $3,000. Grant recipients are selected each year by a panel of judges composed of Office of Sustainability staff, representatives from other City of Austin departments, and community members who serve on the City’s sustainability-related boards and commissions.

The Bright Green Future Grants program advances many of the City's sustainability goals, including, acting to lower greenhouse gas emissions to achieve net-zero community-wide by 2050, growing more healthy local food to strengthen our food system, reducing waste to achieve the goal of Zero Waste by 2040 and encouraging sustainable transportation options to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

For more information, visit

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