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Offerings: Ecstatic Dance & Cacao Ceremony

What is Ecstatic Dance?

Ecstatic Dance is a moving meditation and an energetic journey through the chakras. The dance is slightly guided, but with a focus on natural and intuitive movements that are inspired from within. The eyes are closed, or in a soft gaze, and the awareness goes inward. It is a beautiful and freeing opportunity to go beyond the thinking mind and to merge in oneness with the dance. As dancers, our job is not to judge the music or even listen to the music with the physical ears, but instead to feel into how the music moves us. The safe and conscious environment allows you to be completely free, to let go of any masks and release any stagnant energy in your body.

About the Practice

The practice begins with grounding and centering breath work accompanied by a constant drum beat. This encourages you to bring your full awareness and presence to the moment and to let go of any mental distractions.

We then begin to awaken the body, either standing or on the floor, with gentle stretching movements. These slow songs are a conscious way to warm up the entire body in a way that suits the needs of your body in that very movement. This includes rolling the neck and shoulders, moving the hips and rib cage in all directions, stretching the arms, and even doing some yoga postures. We continue to focus on our breath and bringing fresh prana or life force energy into our body, mind and spirit.

Once the body is awakened and energy is flowing, we break out into ecstatic dance with a journey through the chakras. Specific music is selected which resonates with the energy of each chakra from tribal music, songs that make you want to move your hips and open your heart and finally songs that remind us of our connection and unity with Source. As we dance, we focus our energy on the element, colour, and qualities of each chakra.

The entire practice, including the warm up, building up of inner fire, and the cool down with Savasana and Integration is 75 minutes.

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.  Dance when you’re perfectly free.” Rumi

Ecstatic Dance is also offered with a beautiful authentic cacao ceremony with sageing, drumming and rattling. The superfood cacao is a perfect match for the dance as it allows us to relax into the body, open the heart, release inhibition to to connect with the beautiful energy that surrounds us and that which is within.

TESTIMONIALS

Tracey, Oregon, USA
“I was free to be who I am. I haven’t been that One with myself in a very long time…it was so freeing and liberating. This is something I will remember forever and choose to practice for the rest of my life”

Angela & Evan, British Colombia, Canada
“It was such a good way to open up my heart and be comfortable with who I am and the people around me…such a beautiful experience…I need to do this every week!”

Regina, Ottawa, Canada

“I am a very shy and timid person, and I was nervous about this, but I decided to give it a try…It was a beautiful experience and I am glad I took the courage to do it. At one point, she invited us to dance with your Beloved and I could envision myself dancing with my Beloved, Jesus Christ.”

Jessica, Maine, USA

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“The ecstatic dance [and cacao] ceremony was incredibly healing for me. It was a chance for me to let go completely and tap into my true self. The experience was an eruption of emotion and energy. It is a memory I will cherish forever. Lacey is an incredibly gifted in many ways, especially in leading this moving meditation.”


Lacey is currently offering this practice in Southern Costa Rica.
Please contact her if you are interested in having her share this practice  at your retreat, workshop or gathering. Cacao Ceremony with Ecstatic Dance is also available.

Offerings: Cooking Classes


Join Lacey for a group cooking class or gather a group of friends or couples for your very own personal “cooking class” party!

Lacey specializes in plant-based meals prepared with local, seasonal and organic ingredients.  “The food itself becomes the ‘star of the show’ as it is already so tasty on its own! The food is grown and harvested close to home, so it is naturally more nutritious and delicious!”

Learn the basics to prepare nourishing meals at home which are wholesome, quick and easy!

Choose from a variety of classes…

Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine (Thai, Indian, Greek, Chinese, comfort foods, Italian, etc )

Gluten & Grain Free Goodness

Simple & Gourmet Raw Food

Decadent Desserts (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, all natural)

Cleansing with juices, smoothies and superfoods

Cooking Classes for Kids

For more information, upcoming cooking classes or to hire Lacey, please contact her via the website contact form

Offerings: Body, Mind & Spirit Consultation

A Holistic Mind, Body and Spirit consultation is unlike most traditional health care “appointments.”  Lacey combines professional knowledge (Registered Holistic Nutritionist, self-taught chef, yoga and meditation instructor, inspirational guest speaker, spiritual life coach) and personal experience to create an approach and lifestyle that works for you. She  invites you to take a look at your life from a perspective that you may have not considered.

This style of consultation may benefit anyone who has tried conventional medicine, but is not feeling satisfied with the options, treatments or service, and would like to get to the root cause of the imbalance, instead of merely covering the symptoms of the physical body.

Consultations are available via phone, skype or in person.

Holistic Mind, Body and Spirit Initial Consultation (60 minutes)

During the consultation, you will feel in a safe and positive environment to discuss any topics, goals (physical, personal, spiritual)  and/or concerns that are hindering you from living your best life…the way you imagine it.

You will begin by looking at and discussing any imbalances that have manifested in the physical body (disease, inflammation, weight gain, back pain,  poor digestion, insomnia, depression, etc), which may have resulted from an imbalance in the emotional, energetic or spiritual body.  For a holistic approach, the consultations includes a discussion of overall health, medical and family health history, lifestyle, diet habits, exercise, stress level, emotions, environment and anything that may be going on in your life.

One of the intentions of the consultation is to shine light on any reoccurring patterns, habits, choices, etc that continue to hold you back in various areas of your life (health,  career, relationships, true purpose, etc). This increase in awareness can result in an improvement of your lifestyle, overall feeling of well-being and quality of life.

With holistic nutrition, you can get to the root of the imbalance and learn how to make changes that last.

After the initial consultation, you may continue to work with Lacey to develop an individualized wellness program which works for you based on your goals and intentions after the initial conversation.  That may be balancing the physical, mental, emotional and /or spiritual body. With an understanding of the interrelationship of the mind, body and spirit, Lacey offers a variety of follow up packages that can focus on  menu planning and diet/lifestyle changes, cleansing and detoxification, personal life coaching, intention setting, yoga, meditation, stress management, digestive healing, allergies and food sensitivities, hormone balancing, holistic pregnancy, weight loss, anti-inflammatoryy lifestyle, improved sleep, longevity, spiritual health, etc.

Rates:

Initial 75 minute consultation: $90

60 minute follow up: $80

30 minute follow up: $45

During a follow up, Lacey provides you with your individualized plan, guidance, support and answers any other questions you may have.

Full Moon in Aquarius – July 23 2021

Namaste and Happy Full Moon in Aquarius!

The full moon is exact Today, Friday July 23rd 2021, at 10:36 pm EST and falls in the zodiac sign of Aquarius, and the element of Air. In yogic philosophy, the air element is connected to the heart chakra – anahata.

How is your heart?

My heart is present to tenderness, gratitude, forgiveness, and devotion (at the moment! – as we know emotions are always shifting. They can bring a lot of information and medicine with them, and yet they are energy in motion, and not the true us)   

So much is shifting within me, that the true self observes and witnesses. 
I am curious, are you feeling energies of being reborn?
Of layers shedding and witnessing new energies emerging?

What is being illuminated and amplified in your life at this time of the full moon?

What is being illuminated for me:
INTUITION

The power of intuition/instinct and how invaluable it is to cultivate this relationship with our inner compass, to be guided by it and trust. There is a responsibility to use discernment and know the difference between true intuition or choices/guidance made from emotional reactions.

Intuition is connected to our 3 sacred seats : third eye, heart center and womb/gut/lower belly.

Where and how do you connect to your intuition? 
Clear seeing and in-sight of your third eye, ajna chakra?
Your heart’s wisdom and true knowing? Did you know the heart can energetically sense something before it even happens!
Your gut instinct or womb power. 
All of them!!!

CREATIVITY
I am the Creatrix of my life. My creativity and passion is my life force energy.

How have you been expressing yourself creatively? When we connect to our creativity, we connect to the 2nd chakra – our inner waters. I am noticing a surge in creative energies lately and it feels really life giving.

How do you like to express your creativity? art, dance, music, creating projects, bringing forth a vision, working with plants, making natural products, cooking, etc.


The symbol for the Aquarius sign is the water bearer. Imagine the goddess with her sacred chalice overflowing with water (ie: creativity, wisdom, knowledge).

 I invite you to take some time during this full moon time to create, create, create and feel all that you are offering through your divine presence.

Dear One, what is overflowing forth from your heart’s cup or womb chalice?

With Lunar Love,
Lacey 

New Moon in Cancer ~ July 9 2021

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Namaste and New Moon Love

This month’s new moon lands on Friday July 9th at 9:17 pm EST. A reminder that the energies of the new moon can be felt days before and after the exact date of the new moon.

The new moon is a beginning of a 28 day cycle and a supportive time for you to pause, slow down, reflect and listen.

This new moon is in the zodiac of cancer and connected to the water element.

The sign of cancer can be an invitation to reflect upon the theme of homenurturing, nourishment and our connection to Mother Earth. 

What comes to mind when you reflect upon the word, home? The physical home you are living in; the land you are living on; your body temple and sacred vessel;  Mother Earth; a soul family; or the felt sense of belonging and feeling “at home”  within yourself?

Journal Questions to connect with the theme of home, nurturing, nourishing, mothering, connecting:
How do I nurture my home?
How do I nourish myself?
How do I mother myself and others?
How do I compassionately care for the earth?
Do I feel at ease in my home, in my body?


The mother, the feminine, is the dark. 
She is the nutrient rich soil below us,
the cosmic night sky above us,
the fertile womb of creation within us.
We all come from and grow in the dark.

With the new moon in the watery sign of cancer, this is also a beautiful time to connect with, tune into and witness the inner emotional waters and tides. Are the emotions flowing, stagnant, powerful, peaceful, effortless, graceful, forcing, allowing?

What is your inner emotional landscape revealing to you at this time of the new moon?


Goddess Embodiment Practice

Stand with your bare feet on the earth.
Feel your feet rooted below you. Drop your tail bone to the earth, bend the knees gently.
Stand centered and balanced.
Soften your belly, and muscles of the jaw
Breathe into your feet.
Breathe the energy of the earth up into your feet.

Breathe the energy of the earth up into your feet, your legs, yoni and womb.
Feel the energy of the earth spiraling all the way up to your heart and throat. 
Repeat this with 7 deep breaths, absorbing the energy into your entire being.

On the 8th breath, open your mouth with a relaxed jaw and allow the sound of the earth to sing through you. Set aside any judgements of your own voice and allow the sounds of the earth to be released up and out your mouth like a soaring eagle. Repeat for as long as feels good.

When you feel complete, bring your hands to your lower belly and take 3 breaths to integrate and settle the energy.

What song is the earth singing through you?

Practice inspired by Aliya Galim @earthtempleweaver

With Lunar Love,
Lacey 

Gather in sisterhood in Costa Rica ~ February 2021

“We’ll walk the paths where the old ones walked And we’ll dance the dances they taught us and we’ll sing the songs the old ones sang for the magic now has caught us” 🎵 woman of the earth by spiral dance

Have you experienced the magic of the ancient ways? Of connecting with the elements and spirits of the land? Have you sat in circle with your sisters and sang the songs that have been recorded into each of our cells? Have you been witnessed by your sisters in your dance of wildness, liberation and ecstasy?

A “new” way of being together in sisterhood requires a remembrance of the ways we have been before. A devotional, mindful way of living in harmony and connection with the earth and her elements as sacred vessels and bridges between heaven and earth.

Inviting you to experience nature and reconnect to her magic… To reconnect to the magic that lives within you and the power of women gathering. We ARE gathering at the Farm of Life in Costa Rica for 8 magical days of Remembrance, Reclamation & Celebration.

February 17th – 24th 2021
Awaken & Restore: Women’s Self Care & Self Discovery Retreat

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RETREAT

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing
Makes 3/4 cups
(family size recipe below)

Simply Blend all ingredients
1/2  cup extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 pinches of both salt and pepper
1/2 tsp of honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

This recipe was inspired by gratitude for my abundant lime tree
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Family Size
Makes 1.5 cups

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 tsp of salt and pepper
1 tsp maple syrup or honey
1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

 

Strawberry Shortcake Chia Pudding

Seasonal Recipes to Honour Mother Nature

Inspired by local organic strawberries, this recipe creation became a fusion of “chia pudding meets overnight oats dessert style.”

This recipe is super easy and decadent and a yummy treat for a summer breakfast, lunch or brunch! I loved blending the milk with banana and cashews to make it extra thick and creamy.

Makes 2 portions

Ingredients

1.5 cups dairy free milk (coconut, almond, etc)

2 tbsp local honey or maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Splash of vanilla

1 ripe banana

2 tbsp whole cashews

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup of your favourite granola or 1/3 cup of rolled oats and 2 tbsp of pecan pieces

1 cup strawberries, diced

Method

Blend together milk, cinnamon, honey, salt, vanilla, banana and cashews until smooth.

Mix in a bowl with chia, granola and strawberries and mix well.

Place in one glass storage container or divide the 2 portions into medium sized mason jars.

Place in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight!

Optionally, top with shredded coconut, bee pollen, dried fruit, or cacao nibs.

Superfood Halvah Smoothie Bowl

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What you’ll need
Makes 2 smoothie bowls

2 cups of coconut water or purified water
3 ripe bananas
2 frozen bananas
2 heaping tbsp tahini
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
splash of honey
pinch of salt
2 ice cubes

for garnish: shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, granola, goji berries, cacao nibs.

Blend all ingredients and garnish with your favourite superfoods.