Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Activities on Sanibel Draw Internationally

Sanibel Island has become an international destination over the years because of its high vacation value and memorable moments it provides.

Now, there are additional reasons to choose Sanibel as the place to go.

One of these is the International Coastal Cleanup to be held on Sanibel this Saturday, September 20. It is the largest one-day volunteer event on behalf of clean oceans and waterways, with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world participating in the cleanup of beaches, lakes, and streams.

Volunteers gather for this one-day cleanup while also collecting data on marine debris for the Ocean Conservancy. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) coordinates the Coastal Cleanup on Sanibel and Captiva. Volunteers meet at 8:30 a.m. at one of three locations: by the restrooms on the Sanibel Causeway, at the SCCF Nature Center at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel or at McCarthy's Marina on Captiva. Garbage bags and a data collection sheet are distributed, along with a free refillable water bottle. After the Cleanup, volunteers are invited to stop by the Nature Center for free refreshments and a free Coastal Cleanup T-shirt.

A second event will be held at the end of this month. A group of experts on wellness will host "A Day for Mind & Body Transformation" on Sanibel Island on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The daylong event will feature life coach and motivational speaker David Essel and a variety of wellness experts representing global concepts and world views on getting and staying well. Essel will discuss a theory he developed called the "One Thing - That Will Radically Change Your Life Forever."

Additional informative sessions will be offered by Brian Healy of Sanibel Wellness. Healy is founder and director of Sanibel Wellness. He is a licensed massage therapist and certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Healy will discuss "Learning transformation techniques that quiet the mind," based on 17 years of work in energy healing and yoga.

Other participants include Carol Simontacci of Sanibel Nutrition Center. Simontacci owns Sanibel's Island Nutrition Center and has written numerous books on healthy eating.

She will speak on how to "Transform your health and energy through exceptional food choices."

Registration is $99 per person. Book in advance as seating is limited. To register, go to www.sanibelcaptivadaily.com click on the events tab or contact IDEAS Event Planning.

Events such as these are reflective of the nature/nurture culture of the island. Sanibel can be as much or as little as you want and need for an unforgettable holiday. It's a BIG world, but Sanibel let's you experience it in a small and comfortable way!

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