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News Briefs for December 2019

Wild Organics CBD Store Grand Opening

Wild Organics, a new CBD and supplement store on Burnet Road, will celebrate its grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m. on December 5 and 12. The store will celebrate with discounts, food and giveaways. 

Among the prizes that attendees can enter to win is free CBD products for a year. Other prizes are also available to win. Beverages and food will be served. Free coffee and WiFi are always available.

Wild Organics sells broad-spectrum CBD products that do not contain THC, the psychoactive component of hemp. The brand, Wild CBD, is produced from organic hemp using the CO2 extraction process and has been third-party lab tested. 

“Not all CBD is created equal and education for the consumer is so very important,” says Marie Finger, owner. “My mission is to help improve the lives of others by providing education and outstanding CBD products.”

Free to attend, please RSVP. Location: 2103 W. Anderson Ln., Ste. B. For more information or to RSVP, call 512-814-8955 or visit  

Herb School Now Taking Applications for January Program

The Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine is currently enrolling students for its January intermediate Community Herbcraft Program. The onsite, 295 hour, six- to nine-month program is offered weekends and/or weekday evenings once a year, at the main campus in Cedar Creek and at the American Botanical Council in East Austin. The program has a start date in January.

The program is designed for those who would like to learn the basics and continue their studies, going deeper to work with herbs in their community. Advanced plant identification tools allow students to connect to safe plants confidently.  This program is a prerequisite to go on to the Advanced Programs in Clinical Herbalism and the Herbal Educator Program.

Teachers include Nicole Telkes, Stephanie Berry, Caroline Caswell, Yanira Aguirre Rodriguez, Esther Schroeder, Jenny Perez and Nicole Finkelstein.

The Wildflower School is one of the most established and in-depth holistic herbal training programs in Texas and the Deep South, as well as being the first and only onsite, yearlong clinical herbalist training program in the region.

For more information, visit


January Metaphysical Expo Features Free Predictions Panel

Spiritual Life Productions presents the two-day Austin Holistic and Metaphysical Life Expo from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on January 4, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 5, at the Norris Center, in Austin. The Expo occurs four times per year and has been a local metaphysical community tradition for more than 40 years.

The January Expo will feature a free predictions panel on January 3, at 7 p.m. Local psychics and clairvoyants give their predictions for 2020 and will take questions from the audience.

Attendees of the expo will find a combination of Eastern and Western practitioners and products: from energy workers and reiki practitioners, CBD products and essential oils, to astrologers, numerologists, psychics, mediums, jewelry and crystals. There is truly something for everyone at Spiritual Life Productions’ quarterly expo.

With paid admission, attendees can also participate in free lectures and can win hourly door prizes.

Cost: $8. Location: 2525 W. Anderson Ln., Suite 365, Austin. For more information, visit


Integrative Physician Joins West Holistic Medicine

Gabriela Pichardo, M.D., has joined the practice of West Holistic Medicine, in Austin.  Dr. Pichardo is originally from the Dominican Republic and earned her medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana there.

She completed her residency in internal medicine at Louisiana State University, in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Texas Medical Association and the Hispanic Physicians Association of Austin.  She has been a mentor for the National Hispanic Health Foundation and completed a fellowship in integrative medicine in 2019. 

Pichardo provides a personalized approach to care.  She is passionate about best practices, finding root causes and a mind-body approach.  She draws from her experiences in other healing paradigms, and her integrative and conventional training to provide intuitive and compassionate care. 

Pichardo is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Location: 904 West Ave Suite 109, Austin. For more information or to make an appointment, call 512-84-0148 or visit


Rosewood Acupuncture Adds LED Light Therapy

Rosewood Acupuncture and Ayurveda, LLC, a holistic healthcare practice and herbal apothecary located in East Austin, now offers LED light therapy in conjunction with acupuncture for pain, acne and anti-aging.

Absorption of LED light increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fuel that drives all the biochemical processes in the cell. This leads to an increase of microcirculation, tissue repair and a decrease in inflammation and pain. The effect on tissue depends upon which light is being used. Generally, blue is for acne, red is for anti-aging and red-to-near infrared is for pain.

The device is called a Celluma Pro Panel and is the only FDA-cleared LED panel to treat with blue, red and infrared light simultaneously. It can be used alone or positioned above acupuncture needles to work synergistically with acupuncture.

Location: 1209 Chicon St. For more information or to make an appointment, call 512-710-9690 or visit Texas State License #AC01643.


DITI Imaging Adds Fredericksburg Location

DITI Imaging Digital Thermology has added a Fredericksburg location to its quarterly mobile thermography schedule.  Hill Country Integrative Medicine and the practice of Dr. Christa O’Leary, DO will host DITI for screening dates on a quarterly basis for those who wish to make an appointment.

Digital thermography is a completely non-invasive, painless imaging technology that screens for abnormal blood flow and inflammatory indicators. Thermography creates images of the invisible infrared heat that a body naturally emits. The images created by thermography can indicate areas of inflammation which may be the precursors to a variety of abnormalities, conditions, syndromes and even some diseases.

The Fredericksburg clinic is located at 1603 E. Main Street, Suite A. The next screening date at this location is January 10.  DITI Imaging is based in San Antonio.

To make an appointment, call 210-705-1232. For more information, visit


Massage Classes Now Enrolling at ACC 

Austin Community College’s Massage Therapy program is now enrolling for January evening classes. Classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Riverside campus in South Austin. Financial aid and payment plans are available. Students can become a practicing licensed massage therapist in as little as 10 months.

The program consists of nine different classes over three semesters, including a hands-on internship at the Highland Business Center. Students enrolled in the program will learn therapeutic massage modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, chair massage, pregnancy, myofascial techniques, trigger point therapy, postural analysis, scrubs, wraps, heat and cold applications and spa treatments. Students attend classes in anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and business practices.

ACC’s Massage Therapy program meets the educational requirements required for licensure through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. ACC is an assigned school of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), meeting the rigorous educational and ethical standards required. Attending an NCBTMB-assigned school is the first step in obtaining board certification later in your massage career.

Past ACC graduates work in healthcare clinics, gyms, spas, resorts and many operate their own successful businesses and teach at massage schools.

Riverside Campus location: 1020 Grove Blvd. For more information, or to begin the application process, call Program Coordinator Katherine Brady, LMTI, at 512-223-7583, email [email protected], or visit


Natural Awakenings Austin Seeks Youth Voice

Natural Awakenings Austin is seeking youth writers who are interested in, or studying journalism, to contribute articles on local youth efforts in sustainability, climate crisis organizing, educational programs and upcoming actions. Other topics of interest may include anything that is of importance to Austin-area youth in the fields of health, wellness and sustainability. 

Youth action on the climate crisis has inspired millions of people across the globe to get involved. Natural Awakenings has made a commitment in 2020 to covering the climate crisis in depth and adding a youth perspective is an important component of that directive.

The magazine’s mission statement is to empower individuals to live a healthier lifestyle on a healthier planet, to educate communities on the latest in natural health and sustainability and to connect readers with local wellness resources and events, inspiring them to lead more balanced lives. 

Potential youth contributors should contact Cat Carrel, publisher, at [email protected]




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