CorrespondentJ’aime Kent, wellness coach and owner of New Life Experiment, a community wellness group and coaching business, will host the first Health and Harmony Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29 at Area 15, a small business campus at 516 E. 15th St., North Davidson. This is a free, public event created to celebrate wellness and educate the community on health topics such as mind-body-spirit balance, environmental impact, and farming.There will be demonstrations such as parenting classes by Echo Parenting and Education certified parent educator Vanessa Walter, chair massages provided by Montse Ferragut of Renew Mind, Body and Spirit, health screenings by Omni Wellness Center and sustainability storytelling by The Big Green Bus, a traveling student advocacy group from Dartmouth College. There will also be a farmers market by Simply Fresh and a viewing of the documentary film about the impact of climate change in the U.S., “Shift: Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis” by Sam and Kate Fulbright. There will be vendor booths like Healing Hands of Charlotte, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and Integrative Holistic Health.Sustain Charlotte, a local nonprofit organization that promotes and educates on sustainability practices to improve environmental health, is the beneficiary of the Health and Harmony Fest this year. Kent, a 36-year-old resident of North Davidson, has had an office space for her wellness coaching business, New Life Experiment, in Area 15 since April. She created Health and Harmony Fest in conjunction with the grand opening of Area 15 owner Carlos Espin’s Fireflies Convenience Store, a health food store. Kent, who became a certified wellness coach this year online through the Spencer Institute in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., said that she has been on a journey in her personal life since 2008, after the birth of her first child. She said becoming a mother made her redefine her perceptions of herself as a career woman, mother and individual.Struggling to find a balance in her life, Kent said she began to attend exercise, nutrition and emotional well being classes at The Peaceful Dragon, a martial arts studio in Steele Creek. Kent said that she learned to let go of stress and live a simple, peaceful life, as well as lose her pregnancy weight and become more conscious about nutrition.“Since I had such a wonderful transformation in my life, I wanted to share that with conviction,” said Kent, whom is also an adjunct professor of interior design at The Art Institute of Charlotte, where she has been teaching for seven years. Kent started New Life Experiment in 2011 with her husband, Justin, as a way share her journey to wellness by blogging about her experience and research through her website, http://newlifeexperiment.com/. She has also created a community forum on Facebook, where individuals can exchange information and be informed on the latest holistic health techniques and trends.She started working as a wellness coach two years ago, teaching classes and offering individual consultations. Kent offers an eight-week individualized wellness program, as well as question and answer sessions to individual clients. She charges $50 dollars per session, lasting 1-11/2 hours.
Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013
Charlotte Health and Harmony Fest is Saturday
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