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By Carly Serber | Contributor

FALL 2022 ISSUE

STRENGTHEN YOUR SOUL

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Photo courtesy of Half Moon Reiki

Who doesn’t need a little peace and relaxation? Dennis Mataviesko, Founder of Half Moon Reiki in Huntington Beach, is a practitioner who can offer you exactly what your mind, body, and spirit need — whether that’s a sound bath, reiki session, or yoga classes at a peaceful location, at his own open-air studio and in the privacy of your home. In addition to teaching yoga at Ekam Yoga & Pilates in Newport Beach and several other studios, Dennis also partners with Chris Lake of Costa Mesa’s Brain Body Reboot Center for group sound baths on a dreamy beach in Newport. Private couples and dual reiki sessions are only the beginning of his unique offerings, so grab your bestie or your partner and book a class online. You’ll reap the benefits of this energy work personally, while also building a deeper connection to whomever you bring along.

 

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MODELING SUSTAINABILITY

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A scenic hillside property in Laguna Beach has been transformed and developed into a fully operational biodynamic farm. This family-owned labor of love is called Bluebird Canyon Farms and it’s chock-full of fresh produce and herbs. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the sustainable farm and discover its rich history by getting hands-on with medicinal herbs harvested right on the grounds. Farm tours under Laguna’s blue skies last one hour, while three-hour lunch-and-learn sessions include organic snacks, drinks, and hands-on activities led by experts that include a certified Chinese medicine herbalist and local acupuncturist. From a meditation circle to cooking classes that turn into farm feasts, there is something for everyone.

 

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A SPACE TO CREATE

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If you’re in need of an outlet to let your creative juices fly, head to this Costa Mesa studio that encourages participants to think outside the box. For Your Imagination offers classes for kids and adults, with limited spots available for each session to give every student personalized attention. Textured platters, candle pots, and ceramic antlers for holiday wreaths are just a few of the projects explored in the adult ceramics class. For kids and young adults, after-school sessions combine painting, photography, clay, and printmaking with a sprinkle of art history and culture.

 

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ALL GOOD IN LAGUNA

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Photo courtesy of Magnolia Wellness

Good Together House is your one-stop shop for stylish and unique home decor, fashion, art ,and jewelry. The Laguna Beach storefront is open daily to showcase a fabulously curated selection that is constantly changing. Snap up some silver-plated cutlery straight from Paris, uncover a showstopping antique jewelry piece or check out the shop’s collabs with popular local brands. Among the recent additions to the Good Together House lineup is Ellis Sea, a custom monogramming and embroidery business founded by stylist Leslie Christen. Customize your Good Together House purchases on the spot, or bring in your favorite tote bag, drink coasters, napkins, bathrobes and more to get embroidered with a monogram or favorite saying — ideal for gift-giving!

 

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GIVING BELONGINGS A SECOND LIFE

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\“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Christy Pacella Berube, owner of Details Estate Sales, takes that saying to a whole new level. Estate sales are more popular than ever, combining the thrill of the hunt with amazing prices and the feeling of an “event” — all while shopping sustainably. Working with owners who may have inherited a home, are moving out of state, or are just downsizing, Christy and her team create curated estate sales that are treasure troves of jewelry, watches, coins, books, vintage clothing, stamps, and home decor. In fact, her sales are frequented by local interior designers on the hunt for one-of-a-kind pieces. Follow Details Estate Sales on Instagram for upcoming events and for exclusive access to special flash sales.

 

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LIGHT AND COLOR

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Splitting time between Newport Beach and Rossland, British Columbia, artist Sherry Pollack Walker’s passion for fine arts and her roots in drawing and painting are evident in her gorgeous canvases. Sherry specializes in 3D work, still life and mixed media painting, describing her work as “an exercise of patience and concentration.” She plays with color, light and brush strokes and is influenced by Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, which differentiates her latest series from previous work. Her process was deliberate — studying lighting, positioning and tranquility versus chaos — in creating her newest collection of paintings, which focus on a combination of observation and improvisation. While the full collection can be viewed on her website, some paintings are on display and available for purchase at Huit Laguna in Laguna Beach.

 

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LIFE IN HIGH DEFINITION

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Photo courtesy of Hi*Def Humans

Who doesn’t want to become a more full, bright and clear version of themselves? Spearheaded by two best friends, Hi*Def Humans uses the tools of human design theory to help you better understand how you are uniquely wired. With this knowledge, you can let go of advice and any “shoulds” that are not meant for you. This form of decluttering your mind will peel back every layer until all that remains is your unique and vibrant self. In addition to personalized human design guides and readings, group workshops are offered to help add more flow to the workplace or bring a new layer of energy to social gatherings. Every participant will learn how to tap into their unique gifts and strengths to approach work, relationships, and life in a way that feels more aligned and joyful. 

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