A group of wellness professionals wants to help people live their best lives.
Essential Wellness Society was formed about a year ago and consists of local holistic small-business owners who want to help educate the community about living a healthier lifestyle. The society is about 650 members strong.
"Educating the community is our priority and providing free education," said Sarah Grant, an herbalist and owner of Essential Wellness Society. "We have the resources to educate, and that's what I'm really trying to push."
In an effort to do that, the society recently held its first free Wellness at Cottonwood event at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Three speakers addressed myth-busting alternative wellness. Subjects included essential oils, diet snacks and CBD oils. A dozen vendors also each had a myth-busting fact about their area of expertise.
Wellness events will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. Each will focus on different themes. Next month is dedicated to Crunchy Family.
"It will be moving families to more organic or holistic lifestyles," Grant said.
Guest speakers will be Susan Jacobsen, a registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor, who uses Henry's Heart Art Therapy to help women explore being and becoming mothers. Personal trainer Tylor-Anne Gardino, who teaches at the Rockrimmon branch of Kempo Karate, will do a presentation on holistic fitness for the family. Rachael "Leyen" Selmeski will discuss the importance of going chemical-free in the household.
Vendors will be on site, as well as a different food truck every month and changing exhibits in the Cottonwood gallery, where the event is held.
"We're educating on subjects we're passionate about, not necessarily our business," Grant said.