Category Archives: Complementary Health

Lowcountry VegFest on Hilton Head Island 21

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club will be hosting their second vegan festival (aka VegFest) on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am to 5pm at the Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island, SC. The festival is expected to attract over 800 people from all around the Lowcountry including Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, SC, and Savannah, GA. There will be ample vegan food from area restaurants, vegan beer and wine, music by two bands, speaker, vegan education and advocacy, merchandise, raffle, and entertainment for children. Nearly 60 vendors are registered to participate.
The event’s headline speaker is Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary and the music will be provided by The Nice Guys and then Cranford Hollow. Signature Ruby Roth artwork t-shirts will be for sale. The goal of Lowcountry VegFest 2017 is to teach and show how fun and easy it is to eat and live vegan in the Lowcountry and why it is beneficial to personal health, the animals, environmental conservation, and humanitarian concerns such as global hunger. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.
To learn more about Lowcountry VegFest 2017 including schedule, sponsors, and vendors, please visit:

Nurture Nature Retreat & Wild Walk Saturday, September 9th

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry is pleased to announce a Nurture Nature Retreat and Wild Walk on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry invites the public to join us in learning how we can live more deeply, more connected, more in love with nature, including human nature, and nurture ourselves through nature. The mostly indoor retreat will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry building at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton from 10am to 1pm. The Wild Walk will take place at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge located midway on the Hilton Head Island bridge from 4pm to 6pm. The fee for the two-part event is $10.00.
The Nurture Nature Retreat and Wild Walk will be lead by Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner from White Plains, NY. Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner is an inspiring speaker, wildlife veterinarian, Unitarian Universalist minister, and trainer in Nonviolent Communication. She draws on 30 years working in Latin America with marginalized people and endangered wildlife and 20 years working in Unitarian Universalist ministry. She is also an adjunct professor at the Unitarian Universalist seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School, where she teachers “Multispecies and Ecological Ministry, Theology, and Justice” and “Compassionate Communication.”
The Nurture Nature Retreat is suitable for ages pre-teen to adult. A $10.00 registration fee includes the retreat and walk. Proceeds benefit One Earth Conservation. Please mail check payable to ‘One Earth Conservation’ to: Nurture Nature, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 29910 or register online with credit card:


Local non-profit Arrhythmia Alliance and the Town of Bluffton have placed a further five public access defibrillators (PADs) around Bluffton. The five defibrillators were all officially placed by August 2, 2017.


Earlier this year, Arrhythmia Alliance, in partnership with the Bluffton Town Fire Department, (BTFD) launched the A-A Defibs Save Lives  –  #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign. The Defibs Save Lives campaign is a local and national education-based advocacy program that equips communities with the necessary tools to implement the chain of survival during sudden cardiac arrest.


According to Arrhythmia Alliance Founder Trudie Lobban MBE, “We are thrilled that the Town have followed through on their promise to donate five PADs to the Arrhythmia Alliance Defibs Save Lives – #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign.  Following the placement of 31 AEDs in all the Bluffton Police vehicles we then partnered with BTFD to make Bluffton Heartsafe.  It is wonderful to have the support of the Town and Mayor to support this great campaign.”
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Brent Wearren to Discuss Prepping for the Fall/Winter Organic Garden August 2nd Bluffton

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a PlantPure Nation pod group that meets monthly (free & open to the public) to teach and support plant-based eating, will be hosting Brent Wearren as its guest speaker on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton, SC. He will be discussing how to get started with organic vegetable and fruit production, the fundamentals of growing in containers and raised beds, and tips for creating edible landscapes. Learn more about the Palmetto Plant Eaters at
The one hour Palmetto Plant Eaters Club meeting will consist of introductions, announcements, upcoming calendar events, and the guest presentation. Afterward a Q&A session wiill take place for the speaker and to address any general plant-based lifestyle topics. Our meetings are for the curious, newbies, and longtime plant-based vegan practitioners alike. A plant-based cookbook will be given away to one meeting attendee. Must be present to win.
Brent Wearren, father of Blake Wearren who owns the popular Delisheeyo eatery on Hilton Head Island, grew up in a gardening family. He started growing food and ornamentals with his two grandfathers and father in Kentucky when he was 8 years old. Brent studied horticulture at Michigan State then operated a 1,150 acre wholesale nursery business with his father for 34 years. After moving to South Carolina, working for Green Thumb Nursery, and fine-tuning his organic growing skills, Brent took over managing the spectacular Delisheeyo edible garden in 2015. Brent is also a consultant and personal organic gardner on the island helping homeowners create edible landscapes. Anyone who has seen the Delisheeyo garden knows that Brent is a plant whisperer. Come learn some tips & tricks from the master!
Contact: Carla Golden (843) 816-6179 or