IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Residents and visitors to Idyllwild can relax, get some TLC, explore the mind-body-spirit connection and go home feeling new on Saturday after visiting the First Annual Health & Wellness Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sky Island Organics Natural Foods store.
Practitioners in Tai Chi, Reiki, meditation, massage and other bodywork will offer free demonstrations. Visitors also will be able to get an introduction to self-defense, and screenings for hearing, as well as lean and fat body mass.
“We’re all about community here,” Sky Island Organics owner Michael Wangler said Wednesday. “We have so many people in the healing arts in Idyllwild. There was an attempt years ago to bring everyone together in an Idyllwild Health Alliance but it didn’t go anywhere. We’re trying to kickstart it again. This is a chance for local practitioners to share what they do and get to know each other and work on collaborations.”
Here’s the basic schedule for the day:
10-10:30 Val Velez of Idyllwild Community Zen
Guided Zen Meditation
11:15-11:45 Mary Halls of Between Two Pines
Aura Guided Meditation, on the back deck of Sky Islands Natural Foods
11:50-12:20 Andrea Bond
Massage Therapy on the back deck
12:25-12:55 Julie Lively
Awareness through Movement Introductory Movement Session
1:00-1:30 Bryan Asch
Introduction to Martial Arts
1:35- 2:05 Mark Taylor
Introduction to Tai Chi
2:10-2:40 Steven Morrison, former psychotherapist, Spiritual Workout
2:45-3:15 Charles Erickson, Miracle Ear
Free Hearing Screenings
Other participants will be present at various times during the day: Miles Thomas, Idyllwild Community Acupuncture; Jodi Sutherland, Lifestyle Coach at Fern Valley Medical Center; Bryan and Brandy Asch of Reps Training Center in Mountain Center; Susan Reasner, mental health counselor; Debbie Hardy, Advanced Crystal Healer.
Tricia Pilkington says she will offer “a mini-session called a Core In to assess people’s energetics, tune into the heart, bring awareness of blocks in the bio-resonant field, and through many modalities, recalibrate the trajectory of the being toward its most vital path.” She will have “energetic empowerment jewelry” available for viewing and custom order.
Forest O’Neil, a Sky Islands staff member, will provide information on human body parasites.
“Parasites influence the food we crave and they explain our addictions and why we can’t trust our cravings,” he said. O’Neil formerly did a raw foods booth at events in the region. He is self-educated.
There will be raffles for hundreds of dollars in prizes and the first 100 people at the event will get an organic, re-usable shopping bag.
Sky Island Organics Natural Foods is at 54423 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild.