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Stands promoting spiritual practices, environmental causes and health food were out in force at the Body and Soul Expo at Beirut's Seaside Pavilion this weekend, Lebanon's first international spirituality and wellness exhibition. With an estimated 1,000 participants on its opening day Saturday and some 75 vendors throughout the weekend, according to organizers, the event drew people of all ages searching for inner peace, looking to improve their physical well-being or simply hoping to explore the world of gluten-free cookies. The event was created with the aim of bringing together people who practice spirituality and wellness across Lebanon to create a stronger community and accelerate change in the country.Many echoed the sentiment that there was a particular need for wellness practices in Lebanon.Many attendees expressed disappointment with Lebanon in terms of environmental awareness and health, but at the same time were optimistic that a collective consciousness was growing and would only continue to do so.However, Maiya Abnassyrova, who was the main organizer of the event, said the expo's purpose was not to make a profit.
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