About Shanti Atlanta and The Tree Hugger in High Heels!

Tree Hugger in High Heels



I climb trees, smell  flowers, and talk to trees…while in high heels.

My name is Dee Doanes and I’m an environmentalist,  custodian of Shanti Atlanta Agnihotra  and Meditation Retreat (located in Conyers, GA),  certified Ayurveda Stress Therapist at Shanti Atlanta Ayurveda Stress Clinic, Agnihotra teacher, holistic health expert, writer, and public speaker . Agnihotra Ayurveda practice has transformed my life! I walked away from a lucrative business in public relations to focus on teaching Agnihotra. My focus is on teaching Agnihotra, which is an Ayurveda practice, meditation, holistic health/wellness, cultivating my spiritual development, and showing others how to practice love everyday. Many of my friends call me “The Tree Hugger in High Heels,” because I’m girly-girl and most people view tree huggers as being the opposite of that.

Learn more about  Shanti Atlanta Agnihotra Meditation and Wellness Center here


Dee Doanes Tree Hugger in High Heels Agnihotra

My moniker was bestowed upon me one day after leaving a business meeting. I was dressed in a suit and high heels, and decided to take some quick pictures of flowers and trees at a nearby park. I didn’t have my tennis shoes or hiking shoes in the car, but  I still went deep into the woods to take the pictures anyway. When I got done, I hugged a tree in thanks, while someone was walking by and they said, ” Hey, I’ve never seen a tree hugger in high heels before!” I laughed and have used the phrase to describe myself ever since.

You can find me on:  Google+Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest .

Why I Started This Site

Me speaking at Spelman College, Heart Health Day

Me speaking at Spelman College, Heart Health Day.With Dr. Isiadinso from Emory Heart Center & Assit. Professor of Medicine

My friends and my mom had always told me that my natural health knowledge should be shared with the world and not just people I knew. After my mother’s death from leukemia I decided to start this site and share my health tips. This is my way of keeping her memory alive while helping others. I know she’s watching me and smiling. I love you mom!

You’re on this site to learn about alternative/holistic health and environmental issues. I want you to learn ways to have a healthier and happier life, and tap into the connection between the EarthMind, Body and Spirit. You can’t have complete health without the combination of these four things.

Healthy Earth, Healthy You!

Taking Care of the Earth is Part of Having Good Health

Take Care of The Earth

I will show you ways to help combat pollution and take care of the Earth. I love teaching about environmental and climate issues. After all, a healthy Earth means a healthy you! If the Earth is polluted, then how can you expect to grow healthy food that keeps you healthy? Take Action Now!

  • Start a community garden
  • Put solar panels on your home.
  • Recycle and reuse items you normally would throw away
  • Bring your own glass jars to buy bulk food items to cut out using plastic bags 

Don’t look to me as the expert of YOUR health.

I encourage you to try different things and find what works best for you to achieve good health. Keep in mind that anything I recommend is what works for me or others, and may not work for you. Tweak your alternative health plan as you take this journey with me. Remember, this is YOUR health journey. Learn all you can to become your own health expert!

Get information about:

  • Herbs That Heal
  • Foods That Heal
  • Fitness Tips
  • Holistic Health Treatments
  • How to Eliminate Stress in Your Life
  • How To Care For The Environment
  • Sustainable Building, Tiny Houses, and Intentional Communities
  • Using Agnihotra & Spirituality To Be Healthy

Learning About Health

I’m all about teaching and learning as much as possible. Especially the learning part. All good teachers are good learners and all good learners are good teachers.

I learn about holistic health from many different sources which include:

  • Master Herbalists
  • Naturopaths
  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Functional and Integrative Medical Doctors
  • Chinese Medicine Doctors
  • Chiropractors
  • Holistic Nutritionists
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Reading hundreds of books
  • Attending Natural Health Conventions
  • Yoga and Meditation Teachers
  • Yogis and Monks
  • Energy Healers
  • Biodynamic and Homa Therapy Farmers
  • Permaculture Design Teachers
  • Real People That Cured Themselves With Natural Therapies

I believe that healing the body naturally should always be the first and continued course of treatment, but I’m not opposed to medical doctors that practice integrative/functional health care.

Read below, read below, read below!

Health  Plus Lifestyle About MeT

More About Me

I’m very much into living healthy but by no means have a very strict diet. I…um…must confess to having a weakness for key lime pie and other sweets. There is no such thing as “being on a diet.” Good health is about having a good diet and having a healthy lifestyle. Yes, that means you can’t eat potato chips and cheesecake every day if you want to be healthy.

I am a published paranormal mystery fiction writer and fine art and  nature photographer. I am a Trekkie!

I have a mostly vegetarian and vegan diet.

I’m active and love yoga.

Group Agnihotra

Me teaching and performing Agnihotra at Roswell Waterfall. See how happy the little girl is from participating?!

Hobbies/Interests: Wearing High Heels-of course! I love the outdoorsorganic gardening, recycling/reusing, sustainable living, tiny houses, preserving the environment, reading, writing poetry, art, travel, theater, classical and jazz music, volunteer work.

Love this FREE permaculture design course from The Regenerative Living Institute .

Former board member of The Action Not Words Project , an Atlanta grassroots nonprofit. We started Ujima Gardens Urban Farm at the Cedar Seeder Farm in Snellville, GA (formerly in the City of Lithonia Park.) This project was great for the environment and people in the  community. I encourage everyone to make healthy food available to those living in food deserts, do volunteer work , and help other people live better lives.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy! Namaste.