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Desert Sage Lifestyle Wellness presents the Award Winning And the Women Gather Literary Jazz Brunch to Benefit Footprints Foundation.

Every 90 seconds, a woman or young girl dies from a pregnancy-related complication.

Moderator: Lorna Owens

Lorna Owens is An Entertainment and Criminal Law Attorney .

Lorna Owens is CEO of Desert Sage Lifestyle Wellness Purveyors of Fine Teas, natural body wash and lotion.

Through Desert Sage Lifestyle Wellness Owens offers month online wellness workshops and Individual Wellness Coaching.

Lorna Owens is the Founder of Footprints Foundation working with governments to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the D.R. Congo, Jamaica,Ethiopia a, Somaliland and USA . 

Owens is a  former Midwife, Registered Nurse, and also Legal Commentator for Nancy Grace ,HLN and Tru TV In Session, Gender Expert, International Speaker, Executive/ Life Coach and Author who has traveled to over 20 countries  teaching  and coaching Women's Groups and Organizations and Ministries of Health.

She has appeared on NBC, TBN, and TV in Jamaica, Cayman Island, Bermuda and Curacao. The Miami Herald called her a Pioneer and the Mother of Reinvention; Advance for Nurses says she wows her Audiences.

Owens hold a Certificate in the Science of Wellbeing from Yale University.Also a Certificate in Everyday Chinese  Medicine from Chinese University of Hong Kong and Certificate in Mindfulness from Rice University.

She is the author of My Journey with Food in the Time of Coronavirus,  Daily Sustenance and Everyday Grace Everyday Miracle living the life you were born to live.


We will have presentations from 3 best selling Authors in a talk show setting followed by Q&A , book signing and book purchase. We would love for you to bring your daughters and/or granddaughters to this event. Men are welcome.


Tucked away on its own private beach and in the upscale Rose Hall neighborhood, Zoëtry Montego Bay is an iconic island paradise with a laid-back Caribbean casual atmosphere. With only 49 luxury suites and rooms, it is the five-star boutique resort of choice for delivering personalized service, luxury amenities and enriching experiences inspired by the colors, sounds and tastes of Jamaica. The unique architecture of the three main buildings – Wood & Water, Bamboo and Blue Mountain – is our nod to Jamaica’s ecological tapestry, commitment to guests’ well-being and bringing harmony and beauty of nature to this coastal setting..

A Gift Box from Saor: Purely Perfume

Continues Trilogy Perfume Collection

Three Different Soaps

Pensive by Artist Mary Hammer.

Our Best Selling Authors

Professor Carole Boyce Davies

Professor Carole Boyce Davies is a distinguished professor and internationally-recognized scholar of African Diaspora Studies and Black women’s writing in global context, Carole Boyce-Davies is a student-first, Caribbean-American radical intellectual committed to social justice. She is currently the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Africana Studies and Literatures in English at Cornell University

Uwem Akpan

Uwem Akpan was born in Ikot Akpan Eda in Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. Uwem's short stories and autobiographical pieces have appeared in the special editions of The New Yorker, the Oprah magazine,Hekima Review, the Nigerian Guardian, America, etc.

His first book, Say You're One of Them, was published in 2008 by Little, Brown, after a protracted auction. It made the "Best of the Year" list at People magazine, Wall Street Journal, and other places. The New York Times made it the Editor's Choice, and Entertainment Weekly listed it at # 27 in their Best of the Decade. Say You're One of Them won the Commonwealth Prize (Africa Region), the Open Book Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. The collection of short stories was the 2009 Oprah Book Club selection. A New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, it has been translated into 12 languages.

His second book and first novel, New York, My Village, was published on November 2, 2021, by WW Norton. In this immigrant story, Uwem writes about NYC with the same promise and pain we saw in his African cities of Say You're One of Them. "New York City has always mystified me since I first spent two weeks in the Bronx in 1993," he says. "It was only when I lived in Manhattan in 2013 that I began to understand the metro system, to visit the different neighborhoods, to enjoy the endless ethnic dishes. It didn't also take long before I discovered the city's crazy underbelly."

Uwem has been a Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2010), Institute for the Humanities (University of Michigan, 2011), Yaddo Foundation (Saratoga Springs, New York, 2012), the Cullman Center (the New York Public Library, 2013) and the Hang Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage (Loyola University Chicago, 2017).

Uwem teaches in the University of Florida's MFA Program.#uwemakpan

Sandi Morais, Celebrity Chef and Author

Jamaican-born, Celebrity Vegan Chef Sandi Morais, is passionate about promoting healthy living.  She is the private chef for Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice Star.) Sandi recently published her 2nd cookbook Sensational Vegan Recipes, and the 20th year anniversary of her children's book, that she co-wrote with Philip Michael Thomas, Sacha and the Magic Cookie Maker.   Sandi is a graduate from Florida International University, and  she also attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.   Sandi studied with Chef Johnny Rivers, former Disney's Executive Chef, and she also studied with Dr. Aris LaTham, Father of Gourmet Raw Living Food Cuisine.   Sandi was the Brand Ambassador for Stifinefood Italian Vegan Products.  She was the VIP Chef for the 2018 Orlando Vegan Festival.  In 2022, she demonstrated her tasty snacks for Jack and Jill of America, Inc, 45th National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

   Contact informationIG - sandi_vegancookingWebsite: www.vegantuneupcafe.comwww.sandimorais.comFB -ChefSandiVegancookingYoutube:

Welcome Reception-Friday April 28,2023 @7pm

EFG Orchids

For this first ever fabulous event women will be coming from all over the country.

For those coming from out town we have curated a truly soulful weekend just for you. Starting with our

Complimentary opening reception at Efg Orchids, Marsh Rd, DeLand for all attendees.

Our Perforemers for the Weekend.

Friday Night at Efg Orchid Live Performance by : Kim Hightower and Tony Mawdesley

The Alley Cats Jazz Band Saturday 10 am at Venue 142

4pm Free Time. Walkabout

Saturday Night Dinner,7pm. Genuine Bistro and Lounge

2 Charles Richard Beall Boulevard, Debary, Florida 32713, United States

Female Owned Farm to Table.

It is our joy and mission to support women’s owned business.

Everything you will eat at this restaurant is locally sourced from small farmers.

Desert Sage Lifestyle Wellness

Exciting News about And the Women Gather Literary Saturday Night’s Dinner at Genuine Bistro & Lounge



Vegetarian Amuse (Chef Surprise)


HM Cattle Co Beef Carpaccio


Margarita Argentinian Red Shrimp Ceviche - with cornbread pudding, avocado salsa


Roasted Vegetable Tart - roasted organic seasonal vegetables (BigDaddy's), succotash, onion ash tart, red pepper coulis.


You choose ONE category.

Coconut Poached Black Grouper - habanero grilled mango gastrique, charred arugula pesto, BigDaddy's Organic squash thatcher's nest.


Truffle Confit Corbie's Farms

Airline Chicken - white bean cassoulet puree, HM Cattle Co Kielbasa, housemade Hertaberkschwein lardon bacon, Braised BigDaddy's organic greens.


Mushroom Risotto - (farmer not selected yet, probably Fungi Jon), frizzled leeks, smoked Slow Turtle Farm goat cheese fonduta


Buttermilk Pannacotta - with macerated BigDaddy's Organic berry compote


Banana's Fosters Bread pudding - Reid Farm bananas, Slow Turtle Farm goat milk salted caramel.

Cost. $80 includes taxes and gratuity


Two glasses wines ( One Red and One White) by Carol Lopez-Bethel, Wine Sommelier- Swirl Wine Consulting to pair beautifully with your meal. $20 includes tax and gratuity.

Saturday Morning’s Book Event at Venue 142 $25.

You also pay us directly your total by using Cash App, Zelle or PayPal.

This information will be on the site by tomorrow including your ability to pay the total amount.

If you have any questions please call or email. 305--505-5493.

Below is a picture of Kathryn Aymar farming clams for her restaurant.


You might also want a short trip to nearby Casadaga,St John's River or Blue Springs.

How about a massage at Bodi and Sol?

Go shopping around town. Do a historic tour of DeLand. Contact The Historical Society for times of their tours. Have a drink at Elusive Grapes. Listen to Live music at the Wander Bar and many other venues.

African American Museum of Art.325 South Clara Avenue.

Sunday Complimentary Breakfast for our out of town guests. Private Home.

Partner Hotel

Courtyard Marriott Hotel. We have reserved a block of room unti March 31, 2023.

Other Partners

Muse Bookshop

Bonner Program-Stetson University


Reno's Jewels of the Antilles

(Nostalgic Caribbean Style Hot Sauces)


The Miles Prokop Family. Table Sponsor

Ask us about sponsorship opportunity.

This is a great opportunity for you to partner with us and expose your business nationally.


Email for details.



It is very easy to get around downtown DeLand. From your hotel you won't need your car to get around or go to Venue 142.

If you choose to drive downtown parking is free. DeLand has a beautiful downtown. Welcome.

Our Charity.

Footprint Foundation


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