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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

March 2012


It’s hard to believe that the World Wellness Ecofest is already here again. It is amazing what community partnership can produce. We have been quite fortunate to have a great team of community partners working on this amazing event this year. 
North Port and her surrounding cities will be well represented at the 3rd Annual Ecofest on March 17th and 18th. Inspired by Earth Day, this healthy living, healthy planet festival will take place at the internationally known Warm Mineral Springs in North Port. For this event only, Warm Mineral Springs will waive the normal daily admission fees of $15 to $20, allowing all of us to enjoy the festivities and the healing waters of the springs all weekend.
For those of you who have not visited our local natural wonder, Warm Mineral Springs is a naturally formed warm water mineral spring. Its temperature is a consistent 87 degrees year-round, the ideal temperature for soaking and swimming. March is the perfect time to enjoy the mineral rich waters as the Gulf beaches are still only in the 60s.
Warm Mineral Springs’ water also has the highest mineral content in America and ranks as the third highest mineral content in the world! There are over 51 different minerals found in the rich water at Warm Mineral Springs, each one having its own unique health benefits. The minerals are absorbed naturally through your skin, helping to re-mineralize one’s body and promote health and healing.
Last year’s event was our first at this location and the turnout was amazing. This year we have added more entertainment, additional children’s activities, an outdoor concert, more health and green themed vendors, and a 5k run. Returning this year will be Ponce De Leon and his Conquistadors reenacting the discovery of the Fountain of Youth, and an attempt at the world’s largest drum circle.
I am especially proud to be involved in the formation of the first annual Fountain of Youth 5k, as running and triathlon have long been part of my athletic endeavors. I can’t think of a more fun way to spend the day than a scenic 5k run followed by a dip in the healing waters of the springs and entertainment throughout the day.
For more information on The Fountain of Youth 5k, Ecofest at Warm Mineral Springs in March, and downtown Sarasota in April, visit You can register for the 5k race and kid’s fun run there as well.
See you at EcoFest 2012!
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