OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Calling upon your angels for inspiration, guidance and assistance is the focus of this two  special events at Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove this weekend, while a third will explore shamanic healing 

Certified master angel practitioner Cyndi Skola will host a Vision Board with Angelic Guidance Workshop at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 and will follow up on Sunday, January 26, with angel card readings from 1 to 5 p.m.

“When you ask the angels for help, you create a strong connection of co-creation,” said Skola, a certified IIII reiki master and teacher with 10 years of experience as an angel practitioner.

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The vision board workshop will begin with guided meditation and “some gentle soul exploration,” she explained. “Meditative coloring and drawing will be done as we tune in to what our soul might have to say about our dreams and goals.”

After the background is completed, a variety of materials, visualizations and choice of angels will be explored to complete the angelic vision board, Skola said, adding that participants will receive quick angel readings that correlates with their vision board’s dreams and goals.

Donations of magazines to be used in the workshop for clipping of images and words will be accepted.

The cost is $30 and includes all supplies. Call 973-699-1760 to register.

Skola will then return on Sunday to Serenity by the Sea to offer angel card readings, which she describes as being “positive, focused on personal growth, healing and empowerment.”

As an angel intuitive, she connects individuals with their angels so they can receive their guidance.

A public school teacher for more than 25 years, Skola received her bachelor’s degree in education and psychology, and also is a wedding officiant.

The cost is $22 for a 20-minute angel card reading. Call 973-699-1760 to reserve your spot.

Also on Sunday at 6 p.m., Diane Todd will talk about shamanism, the different shamanic "worlds'' and take participants on a journey to meet their power animal. "You can gain insights and receive healing in this process," said Todd, a certified reiki master/teacher who also practices craniosacral therapy, integrated energy therapy, reconnective healing, among other techniques.

Cost is $15. Call 973-699-1760 to register. 

All events are part of Serenity by the Sean’s continuing ‘It’s All Within the Zen” series, which features a variety of artistic and holistic offerings. For more information on upcoming programs and workshops, visit its Facebook page.


A Little Shop of Wonders, Where Creativity Abounds … Every Day

Serenity by the Sea, it’s always about creating beautiful things and introducing specialty items that includes handcrafted and fair trade treasures, one-of-a-kind artwork, eco-friendly merchandise, and personal care items that relieve stress and promote relaxation, including CBD oils and creams.

What’s more, shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo is known for her custom-designed lines of hotholders and other home textiles, tutus for children and pets, bracelets and affirmation art.

In fact, Izzo’s keen eye for items that are “deliciously delightful and zenful” makes a visit to Serenity by the Sea a different experience every time.

For example, she recently introduced an expansive line of her “Just Charming” line of DIY jewelry, which includes hundreds of different styles and shapes of charms that can be used to create keychains, necklaces and bracelets.

Serenity by the Sea also showcases featured vendors on a regular basis, including NJ Hair Fairy Kate Bresso who does her magic with Luna Locks sparkling hair extensions. Watch for details on her next visit.

To complement the shop’s ever-changing mix of merriment, there is a selection of blooms of the season beginning every weekend on Fresh Flower Friday.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore.

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Treasures from Around the World
  • Bamboo Fabric Clothing and Other Eco-Friendly Items
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads, Baubles
  • Crystals, Charms and Trinkets
  • CBD Oils and Creams for Humans and Pets by Brady’s Botanicals
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Dolls and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Earth and Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • Yoga-Inspired Items
  • Handcrafted Home Décor and Wall Art
  • Hostess Gifts and Custom Gift Baskets

Serenity by the Sea at 53 Main Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to confirm hours, visit its Facebook page, or call 973-699-1760.

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