I served this incredibly simple and YET INCREDIBLY delicious dessert at a recent women’s retreat I offered…and they ALL went CRAZY for this chewy – caramel-chocolatey treat!
Thanks in advance for your patience as I am still finalizing exact amounts to be able to even call this a “recipe” BUT this will definitely offer you the guidelines you need to get started!
Trust me, this will be your new go to for healthy, raw desserts!
What you’ll need
A pack of organic Medjool dates
A jar of all natural peanut butter
~1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed
For the homemade chocolate
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1-3 tbsp maple syrup, depending on how sweet you’d like the chocolate.
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch or two of pink Himalayan salt
optional to add a pinch of cayenne
Begin by preparing your homemade chocolate.
Add 1 inch of tap water to a medium saucepan. On top of it, place a glass or stainless steel bowl.
Turn the burner onto medium.
Add coconut oil into the bowl, and it melt.
Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients.
Whisk together until well combined, ensuring the heat is not too high.
Taste. Add more maple syrup as desired but remember the dates are already super sweet!
The chocolate should be a perfect balance between not too thin and not too thick. Add more oil (to thin) or cacao powder (to thicken) as needed.
Allow to cool and set aside.
Prepare a large plate of flat baking pan with parchment paper.
Prepare the dates by gently opening them in half with your hands to remove the pit.
Be mindful not to break them completely apart!
Fill each dates with 1-2 tsp of natural peanut butter.
Stuff the dates with some crushed peanuts.
Fold the dates back together and do your best to press the peanuts and peanut butter inside.
Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden up the peanut butter (not necessary but it makes it way less messy)
Using your hands (or a spoon if you really want to!), dip the filled dates into the chocolate bowl. Do your best to cover the entire date.
Place on the baking tray and go through this process with each date.
You may wish to sprinkle the snickers with additional peanuts and salt!
Place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
Feel free to use your homemade chocolate for any other desserts!
In Northern Ontario, the months of July and August is the season to celebrate blueberries!
If you are in a part of the world where you can pick your own wild blueberries, I feel your joy and gratitude! If not, feel free to use berries from the farmer’s market or local health food store. You can even substitute the blueberries for your favorites berries! Enjoy!
Makes 24 muffins. I am offering this size of recipe because these can easily be frozen if not enjoyed within the week of preparation! Keeps for 3 days on the counter in an air tight container or 1 week in the fridge.
4 cups Organic Light Spelt Flour. I am using local and organic from LoonSong farm on Manitoulin Island.
2 cups Non-Dairy Milk, such as almond, hemp, oat or coconut, homemade if possible
1 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce, preferably homemade. Alternately you can grate 4 apples and add them to the dry ingredients.
1 cup Canadian Maple Syrup
2/3 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
3 cups fresh wild blueberries or fresh/frozen berries of choice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 12 cup muffin tray with liners or a light coating of coconut oil and set aside.
Whisk together the flour, millet, baking powder and soda, salt, zest and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a second bowl (or use the vitamix), mix/blend milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry. Combine just until all the flour has been absorbed.
Gently fold in the berries.
Pour evenly into the prepared muffin cups.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are domed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
January 15th – 22nd, 2020 Farm of Life, Costa Rica
Welcome Beautiful Goddess!
You are invited to join me, and a group of wise and divine women, in the Costa Rican jungle for my third retreat at the magical Farm of Life (one of my favorite places in the world!).
ReWild & ReConnect Retreats are created with so much love and intention as a heartfelt invitation for you to come home to nature – Mother Nature and the True Nature of who you are.
The Liberated Woman retreat is specifically created to honour you as a woman during this time of potent transformation on the planet! In safe and sacred space, you will be supported, celebrated and nurtured as you fully explore, remember and embrace the Liberated Woman and Goddess within!
I invite you to acknowledge and reclaim your
Worth Power Wisdom Voice Sexuality Sovereignty Sacredness Peace Freedom … your Self!
I invite you to experience how deeply the world needs you to be authentically YOU!
Honour yourSelf with this gift of Self Discovery, Self Care and Self Love.
Know, in the depth of your Being, that when you put YOU first, you inspire all women around you (and actually give them permission) to do the same. Together, we can remember our True Essence. This retreat is being curated with love for 16 women.
Who is the Liberated Woman?
She is FREE of ALL conditionings and constructs. She lives from intuition and instinct.
She is FREE of masks and societal pressures. She lives as her authentic self with integrity.
She is FREE of guilt and shame. She honours her body as a temple and her sexuality as sacred.
She is FREE of fear. She trusts life fully. She speaks with courage. She flows with ALL THAT IS.
She is FREE of thinking she should look and act a certain way. She is wild, natural and in touch with her natural rhythm and cycles.
She is FREE of judgement. She is compassionate. She loves unconditionally. She lifts other women up.
She is FREE from the limitations of her mind. She witnesses all of creation as a reflection of herself.
She knows who she is. She knows she was never bound.
She is Life itself.
She is Love.
Can you feel her? Is she alive within you? Do you want to connect with her more deeply and reawaken her into Being?
Our Sanctuary: Farm of Life
Farm of Life, nestled in the middle of the jungle at the top of a mountain, makes it the ideal location for our ReWild & ReConnect Retreat (it is literally at the end of the gravel road!). This gem is located in the Southwest coastal region of Costa Rica, near the Pacific Ocean, Dominical beach and the mountain town of San Isidro. During your stay at Finca de Vida, bask in the high vibrational elements of the farm, feel the nourishing tropical breeze, listen to the symphony of innumerable birds & insects, watch the mesmerising dance of the butterflies, dragonflies & hummingbirds.
This magical property bursts with radiant, fragrant flowers and lush gardens, towering ceiba trees, and flowing crystalline waters. Connect with Mother Nature and be nurtured by barefoot walking, sun gazing, breathing in fresh mountain air, hiking through the jungle trail, eating off the land and drinking pure spring water. Witness unforgettable sunsets and the mystical, shapeshifting clouds of the approaching rainy season. Every moment at the Farm, everywhere that you look, all that you hear, touch, taste, & smell is an opportunity to experience pure wonderment and awe of this magical slice of paradise.
All Inclusive Retreat Includes
7 Nights/8 days Accommodation at the Farm of Life. Choose from semi -private, shared or private cabin. All cabins include balcony with epic view, hammock and ensuite bathroom.
Daily Morning Meditation & Yoga overlooking the jungle and pacific ocean in the distance! The practice is for all levels and includes gentle hatha, chakra flow and restorative yoga.
Daily Transformational Women’s Circle. Each day will have a different theme as we explore, reawaken and welcome home different aspects of the Liberated Woman. Through a variety of practices rooted in ancient feminine womb wisdom, we will be calling upon our inner Wild Woman, and inner Goddess of love, beauty, compassion, strength, wisdom and sensuality. Our circles will also include sacred dance, group sharing, elemental rituals, song circles, mantra & mudra, and special goddess ceremonies including a cacao ceremony with ecstatic dance and a water ceremony at the beach.
Three Waterfall Hikes including Nayauca Waterfall, peacefalls and the Jewel of the Sun.
Two Beach Trips including a Sunset Beach Dinner and Special Oceanside Water Ceremony.
Waterfall Spa Day with all natural DIY products.
Jungle Flying Trapeze at Airborne Arts– Awaken your inner warrior! Watch a video of Lacey at her first trapeze class! (Trapeze is optional. If you choose not to participate in this exhilarating experience, the cost can be used for a 90 minute massage)
Three Delicious Organic Vegan Gluten Free Meals a day including fresh coconut water and medicinal garden tea! The menu is a beautiful blend of raw high vibration foods (think the best tropical fruit and smoothies you’ve ever had and fresh leafy greens from the organic garden!),and soul nourishing home cooked meals, prepared with ayurvedic principles. Yes, coffee is included with breakfast!
Farm of Life Medicinal Prana Tour
Campfire with Sound Bath
Sungazing Instruction with Farm of Life Co-Creator, Brian.
Free time to explore the farm, read in a hammock, swim in the natural pool, rest, recharge on the crystal light rack, hit up the “jungle gym,” or unwind with a massage (additional cost).
Group Shuttle Transfer to/from San Jose Airport Hotel
Mid-Week Laundry Service
Group Preparation Call before the retreat and Group Integration Call after the retreat
Private Facebook Group for connecting with sisters and sharing resources
Access to private Retreat Website with full details (ie: what to bring, how to prepare, airport hotel listings, Farm of Life Welcome Letter, retreat schedule, etc.)
Airfare to San Jose International Airport (San Juan Maria)
Accommodation in San Jose the night before the retreat (January 14th), and the final night of the retreat (January 22nd).
PLEASE NOTE: The retreat beings at 8 am on January 15th in San Jose. All guests are required to arrive in San Jose at least one day prior. The meeting point in San Jose is at Hotel Aeropuerto. The retreat ends on January 22nd, in San Jose, at 6pm. We suggest spending the night in San Jose and flying out on the 23rd or booking a flight after 9 pm.Upon registration, hotel recommendations will be sent to you.
Taxi from airport to chosen hotel. Hotel Aeropuerto has a free shuttle.
Massage Therapy & Energy Work ($70)
Shopping at the beach in Dominical
ReWild & ReConnect Retreat Sister Praise
Take a tour of the Farm of Life, the sanctuary for our journey together!
Bring all your own tenting gear. Washroom facilities available in the main hall. Space is limited.
Private Room or Private Cabin
Cabins are sold out. Private room with shared bathroom available for $25 extra.
Please complete the form below. A $200 non refundable deposit is required to secure your space.
Upon registration, you may choose to pay the full payment or only the deposit. A payment plan is also available.
To benefit from the early bird rate, full payment is due by May 31st.
All retreat payments are due one month prior to the retreat, by June 18th 2019. Payments methods include cash, cheque, or e transfer and PayPal sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closer to the retreat, you will receive an email with what to bring, the full schedule, and any other details. Arrival on Thursday July 18th is from 2:30 – 5 pm, and departure on Sunday July 21st is after lunch at 1:30 pm.
The $200 deposit to secure your space is non refundable.
In the case of a cancellation prior to June 18th, full payment is refundable minus the deposit.
In the case of a cancellation after June 18th, 50% of payment is refundable minus the deposit.
In the case of a cancellation after July 1st, there is no refund.
I see you, I honor you and I celebrate you sister!
What a blessing to share this life with you!
Sister, I feel so honored and privileged to share this with you during such a powerful time of transformation on the planet.I have been timelessly nurturing this vision in my heart, and the time has now come for me, for you, for all of us to gather in this way. I am here in service to the awakening of women, communities and all Beings in the name of Love, Truth and Harmony. I lovingly invite you to join us, in sisterhood, for this transformative and healing four day retreat.
In love and devotion, Lacey
Create space from your daily routine to slow down, center, and awaken to your true essence. Immerse yourself in nature’s stillness and connect with the renewing and harmonizing energies of Mother Earth and her elements. Purify, nourish and recharge all layers of your being. Spend time in sacred silence (mauna) for contemplation and rejuvenation.
Emergence Women’s Retreat 2017 ~ Anishnabe Spiritual Center
You will be held in a safe, nurturing and supportive container to rediscover the peace, love and joy that is already available to you, as you are NOW. Experience the magic, mystery, and beauty of sisterhood. Sing, dance, praise, and celebrate the inner Goddess!
Emergence Women’s Retreat 2017 ~ Anishnabe Spiritual Center
Initiation is a rites of passage retreat for women who are open, ready, and truly willing to reawaken to and discover the Truth of who they are, and have always been. A rites of passage is a time of transition & transformation marked by a special ceremony. Our retreat includes a variety of ceremonies, ancient practices and rituals honoring rebirth and renewal, including a traditional sweat lodge ceremony, guided by a local elder.
The sweat lodge is a symbolical return to the womb and will invite us to deepen our connection with the womb of the earth, the celestial womb of creation and our own womb blueprint. We will be supported and witnessed by our sisters as we release to mother earth what is not serving us, and remember how to walk the Beauty Way. We will emerge from this ceremony with a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. A separate ritual will be offered for women who will be on the first 3 days of their moon time during the retreat.
With the lotus flower as our inspiration, we too shall root, ground and spiral into the earth as we honour the feminine lunar path of descent. Our yoga, movement and temple arts practices will focus on the first and second chakras, the seat of the feminine throne. Since we spend so much of our time “up in our minds,” we will invite our energy back into our lower power centers. As the empowered woman you are, you can self initiate this profound remembrance and reawaken lost feminine knowledge living within you.
Sacred Lotus Flower Offerings
Photos captured during Egypt Priestess Pilgrimage
Sacred Lotus Offering ~ Photos Captured during Egypt Priestess Pilgrimage
Beautiful, remember that you are so much more than you believe yourself to be. When you say YES to this remembering and initiation into the next layer of your journey, it is a gift for yourself, your family, friends, community, the entire planet and all of consciousness! It is your birthright to come home to who you are, and to live it in an embodied way.
Unidentify from the pain, fear, shame, limiting beliefs, control, judgement, toxic patterns, never ending thoughts, stress and wounding from “your story.” Step into the portal of rebirth & renewal. Radiate this newly rediscovered essence in all you do whether you yearn to birth a project, a child, a more conscious and loving way of being or a more intimate connection with this phase of your feminine cycle.
Recognize there is a deeper dimension of your Being that is also pulsing in all of creation. It is here, right now. Can you feel it?
Emergence Women’s Retreat 2017 Anishinabe Spiritual Center
Nourishing our Temple Body
To ensure the highest quality, consciousness and vibration of what we put into our temple body during the retreat, my Beloved King will be preparing all nine meals as an offering to the Goddess and rise of the divine feminine. You will be nourished by lovingly prepared plant based-dairy free meals that will cleanse, energize and nourish. Everything is homemade. Organic and local produce will be used as often as possible. Plus, a daily fresh pressed green or veggie juice is also included!
Breakfast: Coconut Berry Chia Seed Pudding with superfood toppings, fruit bowl and fresh pressed green juice
Lunch: Salad Bar featuring a variety of seasonal veggies, olives, sprouts, herbs, nuts, seeds and a tahini dressing; hummus and crackers.
Dinner: Creamy Cashew Kale Caesar Salad; Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette, Lemony Herb Quinoa followed by a sweat treat!
About the Retreat Center
Anishinabe Spiritual Center is situated in the wilderness of Northern Ontario, in the Manitoulin Island–North Shore region, nestled among trees at the edge of scenic Anderson Lake. It is quiet, peaceful, natural, and the perfect sanctuary for our time together. The vision of the center, Wasse’aandimikaning – a place of enlightenment for spiritual nourishment, growth and healing – truly supports the intention of the Initiation Retreat. The center is 4.5 hours from Toronto, 6 hours from Ottawa, 1 hour from Sudbury and minutes outside of Espanola. The closest airport is Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB).
The undulating shoreline of birches, maples, pines, fir, and spruce trees offers secluded places to appreciate the water, while the rocky elevated areas provide some prominent views of the lake and surrounding hillsides.
The retreat schedule includes ample opportunity to connect with nature and the retreat’s swimming area, walking trails, canoes, kayaks, labyrinth, bonfire and waterside meditation and relaxation nooks.
Goddess Hathor Temple, Dendera Egypt, December 2018
This retreat is being curated with utmost love, intention and respect and is open to 22 sisters.
Your time is now sister. Do not delay this embodied awakening. The time to BE FREE is here.
You are LOVED.
You ARE Love.
You ARE life itself.
Sacred Sisterhood Service (Seva)
New to this retreat is an opportunity for 4 sisters who are ready to deepen their goddess-priestess path by stepping into sacred service throughout the retreat.
Selfless service is an invitation from me to we; to go beyond “what’s in it for me?” and into “how can I be of service to our community of sisters and the benefit of all through my own journey.” Sacred Service, mentored by Lacey, includes the role of Kitchen Angel to assist with clean up of lunch and dinner as well as Temple Keeper to assist in pre retreat set up; maintaining cleanliness and purity of the space, setting up as needed for various ceremonies throughout the retreat, and post retreat clean up of the space. Please inquire if you are interested in this opportunity. Space is on first come first serve basis, by application. You will not miss any programing, however you will be required to arrive a few hours early on day one, and stay a few hours later on day 4.
Pre RetreatPreparation LIVE Group Video Call
Post Retreat Integration Live Group Video Call
Three nights accommodation at Anishinabe Spiritual Center. Choose from
1) Semi Private. Rooms are simple and modest and include 2 twin beds, linens, towels and a sink. Shared washrooms are located on each floor.
2) Nature Camping. Please provide all of your own tenting gear. Washroom facilities are available nearby in the main building. Space is limited.
3) Private Room / Private Cabin. Space is limited. Please inquire for more details.
Nine healthy, homemade and nourishing plant based meals with daily fresh juice.
Embodied Guidance & Mentorship by Lacey including:
Opening and Closing Ceremony
Daily Morning Spiritual Self Care
Daily Morning Yoga & Movement Practice – a fusion of breathwork, yoga (hatha, chakra, goddess flow, restorative), tribal movement and ecstatic dance
Temple Arts Evening Gatherings with Ceremonies, Rituals, Song Circles and Sharing of Ancient Feminine Wisdom
Sweat Lodge Ceremony guided by local Elder or special ritual for women on their moon time
Bonfire and Song circle
Access to swimming area, canoes, kayaks, walking trails and labyrinth
Invitation to Emergence Sisterhood Private Facebook group
Sample Daily Schedule
Arrival on Thursday July 18th is from 2:30 – 5 pm. Departure on Sunday July 21st is after lunch at 1:30 pm.
Please observe sacred silence upon rising and until morning yoga (9 am).Choose to rise with the sun (6 am) and enjoy some self guided nature time (morning walk, sit waterside with an herbal tea) or sleep in and join us at 8 am for the morning program.
8:00 – 9:00 am Morning Ritual: Spiritual Self Care
9: 00 amBreakfast & Fresh Green Juice
10:00 am – 12:30 pmMorning Yoga, Movement & Temple Arts Practice
1 pmLunch & Leisure/ Sweat Lodge
4:30 pmAfternoon Gathering / Workshop
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pmEvening Gathering followed by bonfire
This retreat offering is being curated for only 22 women.
Feel into your heart, and if this is a YES! for you,
I am writing from a beautiful winter wonderland in Northern Ontario in Canada, where I am currently spending time at my parent’s home where we are all on a family healing journey.
In October 2018, we found out that my father was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer, and so I felt called to be of service in the deepest way. Some travels plans were cancelled, and i left my job! I was on a mission to Educate and Inspire (the vision behind Holistic Lacey) a natural, non traditional, healing pathway without chemo or radiation (and to save my father’s life!). Long story short, fast forward 3 weeks, my dad said YES!
You can read more below about all the many ways we are healing cancer naturally and holistically with the help of a naturopathic doctor as well as all the steps we take at home. I share this with you as some of you may either have/ will have/had cancer, or know a friend or loved one who will walk this path. It is my deepest prayer that all Beings have the education and knowledge to make informed treatment choices and know that natural options are available and effective.
If you feel inspired to make a contribution to our GO Fund me campaign to cover the $20 000+ cost, we welcome this fully.
Did you eat peanut butter balls for the holidays as a child too??? Gone are the days of kraft peanut butter and icing sugar so here is my healthy adult version inspired by @emily.likes.food but with my own twist!
Ingredients 1 1/3 cup almond butter 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 🍁 1 heaping TBSP organic blackstrap molasses 2 tsp freshly grated ginger root or 1 tsp ground/dry 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp coconut flour 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt 2 medjool dates, cut into small pieces
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except dates, until everything is well mixed.
Roll into balls with about 1 Tbsp mixture. Add more flour if its too wet.
Press a piece of date into the centre. Roll again.
2.5 cups organic light spelt flour 3 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt heaping 1/4 cup of organic coconut sugar 2 tsp cinnamon (it’s our favourite) 2.5 cups nut mylk/ non dairy milk of choice 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp vanilla extract 3 cups frozen blueberries
Preheat waffle maker. In a bowl, combine apple cider vinegar with nut mylk and let sit. Mix all dry ingredients in another bowl. Add vanilla and coconut oil into the milk mixture. Add wet ingredients to dry. Combine. Fold in blueberries. Once the waffle maker is ready, scoop in the batter using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and cook for about 6-8 minutes. Top with fresh fruit slices, canadian maple syrup, hemp seeds or feel free to get extra fancy with a coconut or cashew whipped cream. Serve for brunch with a side salad to balance the sweet and savoury! Serves 4-6