Tarot 101 at the Aviary {Beauty & Wellness Collective} - SOLD OUT

Led by Modern Mystic, Kelley Knight, this Tarot 101 class requires no prior experience, just an interest in learning the basics of tarot. Tarot is a deep study that can take a lifetime; the aim of this class is to give you the tools to get you on your way.

Expect to leave with basic knowledge of the suits, numerology, pip card meanings, major Arcana meanings and simple spreads as well as supplemental take home materials. You will also have access to a private Facebook group where we will host discussions and answer questions between classes.

This round of classes will be hosted by the Aviary located in Studioplex.

CLICK HERE for more information.

JANUARY SCHEDULE

Sunday, 1/24 - Numerology and Suits

Sunday, 1/31 - Challenging Pip Card Break Down

Sunday, 2/7 - Major Arcana 

Sunday, 2/14 - OFF - Home practice

Sunday, 2/21- Simple Spreads & Wrap Up

Classes are from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $100 for 4 weeks - limited to 10 students

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

Prerequisite: A tarot deck. Finding "your" deck is key to your personal relationship with the cards. Seek a deck you feel a connection with, and can start to read a little bit without training or much struggle. It's like each deck speaks a language and you'll have an easier time if you select one in your native tongue.

You can search for decks on Amazon and look at the artwork to see what resonates. Or you can visit Phoenix and the Dragon or Synchronicity and thumb through their offerings. Do your best! You can always switch to another deck. 

Kelley's Favorite/Non-Traditional Decks:

The Wild Unknown (Purchase at Young Blood Boutique - this is the deck Kelley teaches from)

Antique Anatomy Tarot

Fountain Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot

More Traditional Decks:

Rider-Waite Tarot

The Thoth Tarot

Morgan-Greer Tarot

Check Amazon for the above decks.

 
 

welcome to the nest: massage therapist alexis shanks

Alexis Shanks brings a lifetime of experience to Aviary. “My mother was a hospice nurse, and, as a young girl, I would go with her to patients’ homes and gently rub their feet and hands. In my family, I obtained the name ‘magic fingers.’ That nickname gave me the confidence and validation that I have the gift of loving intent and touch.” But this anecdote is only one of the things that sets Aviary’s newest massage therapist apart from the crowd. For the last 10 years, Alexis’ family has run The Stillpoint Center in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Here, she learned of everything from homeopathic remedies to different modalities of massage. To further this knowledge, Alexis enrolled in The Academy Of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA) in 2009, becoming certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Therapeutic deep tissue and Swedish massage.

Her mission is to create collaborative relationships with her clients for the pursuit of optimal holistic wellness. She brings this, alongside 6 years of massaging privately, to Aviary, and we are thrilled to have her on the team!

Alexis will be working Monday, Friday and Sunday. Christine Legnon will continue to be available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. To welcome and learn more about Alexis, as well as enjoy $10 off by booking your first appointment online, click here.

no tricks, just treats: reward yourself with aviary's pumpkin facial

Alright, Atlanta. As you know, it’s pumpkin time. But pumpkin is not only for your porch or pie or, ahem, latte – it’s for your skin. All year around, we love our ALCHEMIST Smart Peel utilizing Sircuit's Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, but there’s something about the arrival of fall that makes it even better. And apart from it smelling good enough to eat, it comes loaded with healthy skin benefits.

By smartly targeting the skin’s receptors, the peel aids in getting rid of that icky free radical damage (which results in accelerated aging), and the power is really in the pumpkin. Concentrated pumpkin, or Cucurbita Pepo extract is rich in Beta Carotene and over 100 other nutrients. The other main ingredient, pumpkin ferment or Lactobacillus, works to exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities. All in all? It leaves your skin as vibrant as fall’s blue sky.

As a part of the facial, it’s a sure fire way to deeply cleanse pores, exfoliate and rehydrate. But seriously, don’t go eating it – we have a treat for you. If you show us this blog post upon receiving your Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, you’ll get $10 off, and, if you’re a member of Gilt City Atlanta, you can grab yourself the whole thing for $54 (not to mention the deals on Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Atoxelene Oxygen Infusions and brow shaping that we’ve thrown in the treat basket as well).

Happy fall, friends!

wonder city, wonderfarm

Prepare to engage all five senses this coming Saturday at the first-ever Wonderfarm. A celebration of our unique community, Wonderfarm will combine farm food and local art to benefit two special Atlanta nonprofits – Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot. The evening will include a seated dinner curated by Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and feature more than 10 of Atlanta's most crave-worthy chefs. Interactive performances, demonstrations and installations organized by WonderRoot will also be in progress.

It is Community Farmers Markets’ mission to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. WonderRoot also believes in inspiring positive social change through uniting artists and community.

In addition to a delicious dinner and equally enticing art, Wonderfarm will include a cocktail reception and silent auction from your favorite local businesses. And did we mention that this is the first time that the new Krog Street Market opens its doors to the public?

Head over here for ticket information and how to get involved. This is an Atlanta evening not to miss.

triumph & disaster

New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster is a men's skincare line that churns out products just as powerful as its name (inspired by a Rudyard Kipling poem none the less). Derived with nature but engineered with science, the brand fits the category of a modern day apothecary. They even have the cool packaging to prove it. Triumph & Disaster has a knack for finding ingredients that work, too. Blending local indigenous ingredients with scientifically proven and natural ingredients from everywhere from Polynesia to Australia, they've created a line of men's essentials. Their products range from peppermint scented Ritual Face Cleanser to close shave ensuring Old-Fashioned Shave Cream.

One of our favorite things about Triumph & Disaster is what is behind the brand (besides the handsome faces it's creating worldwide). Dion Nash founded the company on the simple belief that "ritual and preparation are worthy endeavors and that being well groomed is something of which to be proud." It's about time that men get some skincare loving, too.

Come in and snag your favorite essential or set up a facial to try it out. Here's to Triumph & Disaster, what Kipling called "two impostors just the same."

juniper ridge, scents for the adventurer in all of us

At Aviary, we have a deep love for the natural world. That's one of reasons that we're so excited about our new product line Juniper Ridge. The world's only wild fragrance company, Juniper Ridge creates pure fragrances from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms and tree trimmings - all found while fearlessly hiking the back country. With scents named after the adventures themselves - Big Sur, Caruthers Canyon and Cascade Glacier to name a few - Juniper Ridge is both a unique concept and company. But what really sets them apart from the rest of the fragrance industry is their process. Juniper Ridge distills their colognes and perfumes, meaning that they handle every step of the process, from beginning to end. It always begins with hiking, capturing the smell of a particular wind or road or whisky-fueled campfire, and ends with a scent or harvest. Every product that comes out of Juniper Ridge's small workshop in Oakland, CA is so cared for that it's assigned a harvest number documenting everything from the plants that make up the fragrance to who collected them (go here to learn more about your bottle).

Declaring themselves hikers above all else, the folks at Juniper Ridge donate 10% of profits to various wilderness groups, in a mission to "keep the west coast wild" (and smelling sweet). Whether in the form of their signature cabin spray, cologne, perfume or incense, Juniper Ridge allows you to bring a little of the wilderness home.

kelly painter, aviary's new esthetician

We are so pleased to welcome esthetician Kelly Painter to the Aviary nest. After refining her craft at Aveda Institute, Kelly worked locally for Sweetgrass Salon & Spa and Key Lime Pie. She also operated an independent practice in Charleston, SC. Now back in Atlanta, she brings over six years of experience to the treatment table – alongside comfort, laughter and a healing touch. Book an appointment here, get to know her a little better below and most importantly, welcome, Kelly! 1. After earning a BAS at Georgia State, you sought a career that you could look forward to every day. Do you feel you've found that? What would you say is most rewarding about your job?

It's definitely a career I look forward to everyday. My personality requires that I care for people. Making others happy, makes me happy (the epitome of a Virgo). The immediate gratification I experience through healing touch or transformative results is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I am able to see, hear and experience first hand how my craft helps clients. That makes me grateful and thankful to have found my passion.

2. What initially attracted you to Aviary?

Honestly... the adorable studio. I was meeting another potential job option in Studioplex and saw Aviary. I thought to myself, "what an adorable place... I want to work there!" Luckily, Amy was in the process of hiring another esthetician and fate brought us together. Plus, working with more organic and healthy products has been on my to-do list. I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

3. Do you have any favorite tunes to play in the treatment room?

I'm really into anything ambient and ethereal, it helps take the client to a different place (essential to total relaxation). Luckily with today's technology, programs like Pandora allow for an array of amazing music. Long gone are the days of listening to the same cheesy CD's on repeat... thank goodness!

4. As an Atlanta native, what are some of your favorite spots - food, adventure or otherwise?

Oh boy, this is a tough one. Some places I really miss (Everybody's Pizza had the best pizza salad!) but here's a short list of faves:

Food: I love hand-crafted cocktails and light snacks at Leon's, plus I'm perfecting my bocci ball skills. For yummy comfort food done with an elegant twist we {my family and boyfriend} always head to Babette's on N. Highland. Also, my boyfriend recently became Sous Chef at Fox Bros BBQ, so no complaints when some amazing BBQ makes it's way home!

Adventures: I'm originally from Stone Mountain, so any time spent walking our dog {Biscuit} at "the mountain" is special. It's a great retreat for me, and there's just something comforting about that big piece of granite. We are really into neighborhood exploring as well. There are so many awesome green spaces in Candler Park/Lake Claire area! But on rainy days you will find us at the movies. Midtown Arts and the local AMC have everything we need (including awesome popcorn)!

5. And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

I have to say an Owl. Twice an owl has visited me (literally) and brought wisdom into a confusing time in my life. It's crazy how spirit animals do that. They are so magical and breathtaking to watch. Plus, who wouldn't want to turn their head all the way around?!

our feathered friends: dana hazels seith goes behind the scenes at the clermont lounge

Ah, The Clermont Lounge. We all know it, love it or are at least curious about it. After all, it's an Atlanta landmark. Unchanged since it opened its doors in 1965, The Clermont has attracted visitors both near and far as well as has given them all stories to take home. What they haven't been able to take home, though, is photos. The venue has held a strict "no cameras" policy – until now. Our friend and writer Dana Hazels Seith along with photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood were given an all-access pass to document the legendary Atlanta dive, creating the artfully produced, conversation starting coffee table book No Cameras: The Clermont Lounge (available here). Here's a little peak at Dana's experience: So owners Tracey Brown and Kathi Martin commissioned you with this idea? Will you tell us a little about your reaction to such an interesting project? Had you known them previously?

I heard they were looking for someone to document their story (visually and with text). I was overwhelmed at first, both with the subject and just agreeing to such a tremendous task of spearheading: Finding a publisher, conducting interviews, researching, writing. I never met either Kathi or Tracey (or been inside the Clermont Lounge) prior to my role in the project. They are both amazing women and I’m proud to call them friends.

This was a collaborative effort as you worked alongside photographer Artem Nazarov and designer Ryan Wood. Have you working collaboratively before during your career as a writer? What was your experience?

I have worked collaboratively before, but never to this degree. Going from concept to book form is a massive undertaking and I’m grateful I was naive enough to go for it with all I had, but writing is just one component of what made this project. Photography from Artem and design from Ryan (both whom PC Press, my publisher, provided) completed the bigger picture, so to speak.

It must have been quite the adventure having an "all-access pass" to such a landmark/slice of history. Do you have any interesting stories you could share?

It was an adventure. So many memories and stories – too many to count, actually – some funny, some sad, some disappointing, some hilarious. It was a wild ride and one I’m very grateful for.

They say you'll never forget a night at the Clermont Lounge. Name one thing you'll never forget about the experience.

It’s not really one night, per se, but I’ll never forget the ladies who work there. They make the Clermont the Clermont and honestly, no amount of words or photographs in a book could fully do what they do justice.

My advice: Go. Tip generously. And have a night you’ll always remember.

What's next for you?

Like most working mothers, perfecting the art of doing what I love while trying to spend quality time with my family is top priority. I’ll always write in some capacity and continue to run my communications firm, danapop. But now that this project is done and there’s a tangible book, I think I can finally exhale a bit.

And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

Ooh – this is tough, but I’d say an Osprey. They are birds of prey (often called sea hawks), ocean-dwellers favoring the coast, have a keen sense of vision, and an interesting ability to change their wing joints to adapt their surroundings (thanks, Wikipedia!).

I’d like to think I’m most of those things: smart, able to be flexible when needed, a strong sense of direction and internal compass, and someone drawn to the sea.

give thanks for great skin (our new favorite treatment)

We’re so excited to introduce you to Intraceuticals, our new line and oxygen facial. Often referred to as a “magic beauty machine”, the Intraceuticals oxygen machine and serums encourage natural, hydrated and luminous skin. Ready? The Aussie brand was pulled out from down under by Madonna’s go-to makeup artist Gina Brooke, so it’s no surprise that it’s a Hollywood favorite (and best kept secret - until now). Celebrities such as Molly Sims, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe claim they can’t live without it. Not to mention Justin Timberlake’s honest testimonial, “It makes my skin look dope”. We’re just glad it’s not so under the radar anymore.

Why is the treatment just so coveted, though? Intraceuticals provides a new kind of oxygen treatment. First off, a techy machine uses oxygen under pressure to deliver a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the skin, resulting in instant hydration, volume, firmness and a noticeable lift. Relaxing and beneficial even solo, the treatment is followed by the homecare application of the brand's three-step hyaluronic moisturizing system – revive, replenish, and protect. In the session, the products are layered to provide perfect hydrodynamics, resulting in deep and ongoing delivery of hydration as well as those ingredient perks.

We’re also offering rejuvenate with atoxelene or “no-tox botox”, so go ahead and get a jump on saying goodbye to those fine lines and wrinkles. Atoxelene uses a natural amino peptide to reduce wrinkle depth without the need for injections. Atoxelene is offered as a standalone or add-on to the Rejuvenate treatment.

Oxygen on its own has endless healing properties and Intraceuticals just bumps that up a notch. While it targets aging and dehydrated skin, it benefits every skin type and we’re especially smitten with its speedy results (more defined face contours right off the table, anyone?) Head over to our website for pricing information as well as to talk with our estheticians about the best options for your skin.

Let the social season begin!

no-labor day

Labor Day (or no-labor day) calls for a break and Atlanta boasts a few more options than spending the day at the pool. Here's what we're doing: Dragon Con: It's okay to unleash you inner nerd every once in a while. Atlanta's yearly convention of all things fantasy and sci-fi is the largest of its kind. It's silly to miss (even if you could). Besides, word on the street is that William Shatner's going to be there. Dragon Con kicks off with the paradeSaturday.

AJC Decatur Book Festival: Saturday also means the 8th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival. A community based non-profit, the festival brings everything but the reading glasses. We can't wait for Amy Leavell Bransford's pop, environmentalist, author and music man Chuck Leavell to speak on his book, Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong and Sustainable at 1:45 on Saturday. Dragon Con costumes are also welcome.

World-Famous Drive Invasion: Drive Invasion is the perfect weekend end before you do set up camp by the pool. It celebrates Atlanta's only drive-in theatre, Starlight Six, as well as bands, movies, and cars. This year, they're celebrating the 1980's... and aliens. Fitting, huh? Check out there full lineup here and Happy Labor Day, friends.

growing pains

At Studioplex in Old Fourth Ward, we are surrounded by growth and, although exciting, it presents a few potential traffic problems that we want our clients to be aware of when arriving to our destination for services: Clients coming from Virginia Highlands and Inman Park may be delayed by the upcoming construction at 280 Elizabeth Street.

On the opposite side, Edgewood Bridge is down, which causes traffic to go through a bit of a maze to get around it. Construction continuing on Dekalb Avenue affects this side of town as well.

The Krog Street Market development at 99 Krog also creates delays in the area.

Lastly, the intersection in front of Studioplex (Lake/Irwin and Sampson/Auburn) is now a four way stop and has a knack for delaying traffic during peak traffic hours.

We know Atlanta traffic can be unpredictable and at times, frustrating, but please keep in mind our late arrival and cancellation policy as well as travel time to and from your service. Please call us if you are running behind or need to cancel - 24 hours notice to cancel or 48 hours is required for prime time appointments!

team hidi update (let's do something extraordinary)

On April 15, our friends Ryan and Jen Hidinger announced that they are moving forward with their new restaurant, Staplehouse. They also excitedly announced their new, purpose-driven direction for the restaurant. Staplehouse will act as the flagship for The Giving Kitchen, an entity whose mission is to provide Atlanta's restaurant and hospitality employees financial relief from medical or other unanticipated hardships. Check out the attached documentary for more details, their story, and to see that Ryan and Jen are two of the most extraordinary cats around.

But Ryan and Jen can't do it alone. They're asking for contributions via Indiegogo and we urge you to head over and check it out. In the words of the Hidinger's themselves, "If you love food, contribute
. If you like good people, contribute. If you hate cancer, contribute. If you effing hate cancer, contribute. If you think Staplehouse will make Atlanta a better place, contribute. If you want to take care of the industry that’s taken care of you, contribute. If you want to make history, contribute. If you like awesome chefs with beards, contribute. If you like to contribute, um, contribute. If you don’t have money to contribute, share."

Let's do this, Atlanta.

it's just... lavish.

Remember last week when we explored One Love Organic’s master product, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm? Well, this week we’re exploring another product that could be included under the master category (just like Michelangelo or Raphael). It’s Lavish by Sircuit and again, we’re in awe.

The multi-use therapeutic dry oil is a face, body, and hair godsend. With NINE of the most precious oils (Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Arctic Cranberry Oil, Cloudberry Oil, Bitter Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil, Neem Oil), Lavish nourishes, protects, and smooths every inch of the body. These oils also combat signs of aging, improve the appearance of scars and strechmarks, and can be used on dry hair for spilt end and general damage control. And this wide range of benefits relates to the wide range of possibilities Sircuit brings to the table with Lavish. It is suitable for every age and can tackle woes all year around. How cool is that?

And if that isn’t enough, Allure Magazine’s Beauty Reporter pointed out five more reasons dry oil may take place of every product ever (ever). It can remove everything from mascara to eye shadow without stripping skin, tame frizz and flyaways, naturally highlight cheekbones and shoulders, and when added to liquid foundation, it can make it more hydrating and sheer. One simple idea I really liked was to dab a little on your wrist as perfume (Lavish comes complete with an almond scent to swoon over). And as always, Sircuit has produced a product that’s free of artificial preservatives, colors, fragrance, and cruelty. Get ready to glow.

your new bff

Are you sitting down? For something this exciting you may want to be. That’s right… all beauty woes have been solved. It’s called Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, the brainchild of One Love Organics. And it’s because this magic balm poses the question, “what isn’t it?” Multitasking as a hair tamer, illuminizer, make up remover, moisturizer, pomade, primer for mineral powder, and skin soother, this 3.5 oz. jar does it all.

Skin Savior is made up 100% natural ingredients including pure, cold pressed plant oils, mango butter, and three critical extracts (chia seed, oat, and vanilla) that break down and cleanse without stripping the skin’s natural protective layer as well as smell quite lovely. And… it’s waterless. One Love Organics believes in kissing mystery products goodbye and only includes ingredients with direct benefits (H2O not included). Everything about it really just comes down to lovely…

The brand, One Love Organics, takes pride in their sensitive, simple approach to beauty. They hand make and hand fill every product right down to Skin Savior. But beauty for One Love isn’t just skin deep. Ethically and environmentally driven, they are accredited by PETA and Green America Approved Business as well as donate 1% of their annual net revenue to organizations such as CARE and The Children’s Scholarship Fund. And as if we haven’t found our well, one love, everyone from The Zoe Report to Birchbox has praised Skin Savior. Amy especially believes in it for winter chapped skin and with Atlanta finally (maybe) getting a dose of winter, we are in perfect time!

stones, bones, leather, oh my

There has been number of times now that I’ve stopped someone, whether in the farmers market or on the street to compliment their piece of jewelry when they respond, “thanks, it’s Fossil and Hide”. When I learned that the unstoppable duo made up for the newest birds at the Aviary, I practically jumped up and down.

The ATL jewelry collaboration between Jenny Watts and Karen Horn Smith has taken the town by storm. Their unique approach to jewelry is captivating. Inspired by everything from rock n’ roll to taxidermy and teepees (they had their first trunk show in one), Watts and Smith create distinctive pieces to wear and love. And one thing we love about them is their utmost respect for nature and their desire to stray from mass production and generic jewels. The duo pulls from found objects like stones, bones, metal, leather, and... skulls. Try to find that somewhere else.

After a year of talk Watts and Smith teamed up to create Fossil and Hide. While they only debuted in March, the girls have created quite the following, refreshing their Tumblr and Instagram daily with new pieces. Ready to be stopped on the street friends?

jenn jones (seven things you didn't know)

Word on the street is that the Aviary’s new stylist, Jennifer Jones, is an expert when it comes to all things hair and color.  Having worked at studios such as Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, Mudhoney Hair Salon in New York City, and Graceland Brooklyn as well as instructing at the Aveda Institute in Atlanta, Jones has her craft down.  But here’s seven things you didn’t know about her (and extra reasons that we are lucky to have her):

I hear you're pretty mean in the kitchen. What's your favorite dish? Well I'm vegan and so are my husband and two boys. Along those lines I'm very passionate about filling mine and my families bellies with wholesome, organic food. So we do a lot of cooking at home.  My favorite dish to make is stir fry because it's simple, quick, delicious, and easy to clean-up; just scrub the wok.  The stir-fry I do usually contains tofu, onions, and seasonal veggies that I get from our local farmer's market.  Lately they have been filled with summer squash, carrots, and beans. I season them with a sauce made from rice wine vinegar, tamari sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and miso. Then serve it over brown rice or quinoa. Delicious!

Do you have a particular band, album, or type of music you like to listen to in the kitchen? We've always got music playing in our house. I listen to everything from ABBA to Queen to Billie Holiday and contemporary stuff like Gotye, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons. But I do a lot of Pandora radio, that keeps it fresh and introduces me to new stuff I might have not heard before. Which I love.

Music is something that runs deep in my family as well as my husband's and we're trying to keep that alive as we raise our own family.

What would you consider your most career defining moment (so far)? I would say becoming an educator at the Aveda Institute has been a very defining moment in my career. That totally took it to the next level for me. It's given me a chance to see things from a different perspective and challenge my own knowledge base. Teaching has helped me realize that I have more patience than I ever thought and it's helped me to strengthen my foundation.  Because I have to be able to teach everything, I've been forced to grow and build in the areas that I had previously been weak in. I really feel like I've grown exponentially since becoming an educator.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? There's a book called "Be Here Now" by Baba Ram Dass. It's a super intense book about transforming your mind on the path to enlightenment. Ever since I read it for the first time many years ago the title has become a mantra for me.  A reminder to stay present in the moment and enjoy every day that I'm given.

What's something that you always have with you? Easy, my iPhone. It's such an essential device for me. I use it for communication obviously  but it's also my encyclopedia of reference material, the camera which I use to photograph things that inspire me or spark an idea and  even a business tool for everything from note taking to business cards.

What's your favorite spot in Atlanta? One of my favorite spots in Atlanta is Grant Park.  It's close to where I live and has become the site of my favorite regular weekend family outing.  I take my 2 boys to the Grant Park farmers market almost every Sunday morning to gather goodies for the week and let my 3 year have his adventures with his best friends.

Do you have a favorite summer 'do? I've always been a huge fan of braids, and I'm so glad they're trending now. I've been seeing them everywhere. It's great.  Braids are perfect for summer because you can wear them during the day to keep your hair off of you while it's 90+ outside and then take them down and have nice waves for your evening out.  I'm doing a lot of braiding lately and working on some cool variations.

ubuntu at the aviary

Ubuntu means helping one another in the common spirit of humanity and this is what nonprofit organization, Monkeybiz, strives to do. Founded in 2000, this income-generating bead project has taken South Africa by storm with their belief in and mission to create sustainable employment for women.  They have a strong focus on women’s economic empowerment as well as health development - two issues poor communities in South Africa continue to struggle with.  The profits are reinvested back into the community in the form of services such as yoga and weekly soup kitchens.  Monkeybiz’s commitment to developing artistic careers and skills, providing access to nutritious food, greening townships, and providing care for AIDS orphans through simple bead work is outstanding.  One thing I love about Monkeybiz is their pure devotion to their mission.  Each piece is unique and signed by the artist (Monkeybiz works with over 450!).  The pieces are beautiful, handcrafted with provided wire, recycled cotton, and glass seed beads, and reflect the life of the individual artist.  We are so pleased to have Monkeybiz at the Aviary as well as spread a little Ubuntu ourselves.  Come check it out - your perfect beaded animal is waiting for you, I promise.