Save the Bees


The Charleston Honey and Bee Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 8 at Cinnebarre, in Mount Pleasant. This fun, family friendly event will give attendees the opportunity to meet with beekeepers, learn about bees and learn how to help them. There will be presentations by experts, honey tasting, local honey and honey cotton candy for sale, live music by the V-Tones of Charleston, food trucks serving local honey items and more.


The Charleston Area Beekeepers Association is a volunteer organization for beekeepers, researchers and people that enjoy beekeeping as a hobby or simply wish to promote bees and beekeeping to benefit our local and global economy, educate our youth and improve our overall health and wellness.


Admission is free. Location: 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC. For more information, email CharlestonBees@gmail.com or visit CharlestonBees.org.



Exercise and Have Fun with Contra Dancing


Charleston Folk hosts contra dancing to live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month.

Contra dance is a fun, interactive way to exercise, but is more fun than exercising alone.


Cost is $8. Location: usually the Felix Davis Community Center in Park Circle, but confirm on the website first.

For more information, visit CharlestonFolk.weebly.com.



Celebrate the Season of Reawakening


In the natural cycles of the ayurvedic clock, spring is the season of reawakening, with more movement, more socialization and new growth—a great time to join the Fitness and Detox for Life Club. Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective will hold a 75-minute GreenWay Fit Challenge and Feel Good Festival beginning at 10 a.m., May 12. Late registration ends at 9:15 a.m. The free festival follows, featuring local vendors, musicians, food trucks and entertainment.


Established in 2016, The Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective has been promoting community health and fitness through fundamental movement training, ayurvedic lifestyle medicine, beauty and self-care. Health coaches Andrew Dean and Melody Rogers lead a team of trained professionals from different backgrounds and specialties to promote fitness, beauty and health as an integration of body, mind and spirit.


Cost to participate is $20 before May 1, $25 May 1- May 12. Fee includes two weeks of detox therapy and two prep workouts. Location: 621 Wappoo Rd., Charleston. For more information and registration, visit SeedofLifeCollective.com.


Incluza-Palooza Celebrates Diversity and Unity


Sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies Department at the College of Charleston, Incluza-Palooza is part variety show and part community action event, bringing together local performers, community members, college students and activists for a fun and positive evening at 7 p.m., April 13, to honor the rich diversity that makes Charleston great. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment includes music, dance, comedy and spoken word.


By focusing on empowerment through voting, organizers hope to gather together people looking to volunteer, donate and support local nonprofits. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concerns. Rather than responding with fear and division, Incluza-Palooza reminds us of the importance of discussion and voting in a healthy democracy as we celebrate community diversity and unity.


Admission is $5 suggested donation. Location: College of Charleston Stern Student Center, 71 George St., Charleston. For more information, email LindaBeisen@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/events/2035670526703603.



The Sophia Institute Presents Building Beloved Community


Anne LeClaire will talk about her national bestselling novel The Halo Effect and how we can form blessed community

from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 20, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 21, The Friday event starts with a screening of the

57-minute film Divining The Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John Nava, which inspired the book. A half-day

workshop, Saintseeing in Charleston and the World Beyond, held on Saturday, is a deeper exploration into the ideas

that emerge from Friday’s program.


LeClaire will explore non-duality and unity, seeing the humanity in others rather than the differences, practical ways of fostering acceptance rather than judgment and exploring our deep connection to each other and the Earth.


A former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster, LeClaire is an acclaimed author who leads popular seminars and workshops exploring silence, creativity and deep listening, most recently at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts.


Cost for the Fri. night lecture is $25 in advance/$35 at the door; full retreat, including lecture, is $70. Location: Lance Hall, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., Charleston. For more information, call 843-720-8528, email Info@TheSophiaInstitute.org or visit TheSophiaInstitute.org.






Mark Nepo to Appear at The Sophia Institute


The Sophia Institute will host Mark Nepo, a poet, philosopher and bestselling author who has taught in the fields of

poetry and spirituality for 40 years in a weekend retreat from May 18 through 20 based on his new book, Things T

hat Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living. Times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 18, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

May 19, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 20.


Drawn from his journals, the book comprises 145 entries gathered over the last 15 years, taking the reader through

17 sections organized around archetypal thresholds that include Stopping the Noise, Unraveling Our Fear, The Gift

of Deepening, The Practice of Relationship, The Reach of Kindness and The Radiance in All Things. Through reflection, journaling and dialogue, each participant will have the chance to personalize their own path to being a spirit in the world.


Cost for the Fri, night lecture alone is $25 in advance/$35 at the door. The full retreat, including lecture, is $250 before Apr. 5/$295 after. Location: Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St., Charleston. For more information, call 843-720-8528, email Info@TheSophiaInstitute.org or visit TheSophiaInstitute.org.



Escape the Rat Race to Improve Heath


The Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) will present bestselling author Florence Williams discussing her latest book, The Nature Fix, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., April 17. She will explore state-of-the-art research from three continents that illustrates the enormous impact of the great outdoors on our well-being.


Williams is an award-winning journalist with a gift for storytelling. Her research into the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain began with a personal need. She was mystified why she felt so out of sorts after moving to a suburban community near the airport of a major city. The move transformed her from cheerful and upbeat to miserable and depressed; she wanted to find out why, and what she might do to regain her optimistic outlook.


After learning about such activities as forest bathing, power trails and rambling, Williams discovered the powers of the natural world to improve health and immunity, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen relationships. Her book is accessible and filled with useful information to help us compensate for modern living in cities and suburbs.


Cost is $25 for PCF members/$35 for nonmembers. Location: 701 Whaley St., Columbia. For more information, call 803-771-0870.



Interfaith Gathering for Religious Freedom on April 29


Charleston will join 19 other cities across the globe simultaneously celebrating religious freedom at the Interfaith Gathering for Religious Freedom: Malice Toward None. The event takes place at Unity Church on April 29 at 4:30 pm and is sponsored by the Coastal Interfaith Community and Unity Church.


Locally, representatives of different religions will share their scriptures or founder’s views on religious freedom and why religious discrimination is unhealthy. The event also includes music and interpretive dance.


Location: 2535 Leeds Ave., Charleston. For more information, call 843-566-0600 or visit InterfaithMarch.com.