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.
Treatments from the Naturopathic Doctor
High dose Vitamin C through IV; Ozone therapy; Colonics; Mistletoe therapy, and a superfood powder with milk thistle, green tea & turmeric.
Healing at Home:
* Daily shots of fresh turmeric root, ginger root and lemon juice
* High fruit (raw) diet to flush the lymphatic system with whole fruit, juices and smoothies
* Fresh Green Juices, Vegetable Juices & Green Superfood Drinks
* Raw and cooked vegan meals
* Homemade tea made of burdock root, marshmallow root, pau d’arco, juniper berries, comfrey, plantain leaves
Green Tea (capsules and as tea) + Chaga Tea
plus… Liquid Vitamin D; Vitamin B 12, black cumin seed oil
* Infrared Saunas & Detox Baths * * Daily Oil Pulling with coconut oil and clove essential oil
* Prayer and affirmations
Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
I am SUPER EXCITED about this recipe!
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!
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.
Refrigerate & Enjoy!
Makes 20-24 balls.
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.
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!
Date: Friday November 23rd
Time: 7:30- 10 pm
Location: Espanola Golf Course
Offering: $20 per Goddess (50% of the proceeds will be donated to support my father’s 100% natural treatment plan to fight against throat and tongue cancer. A donation box will also be available at the event!)
Please come adorned as the Goddess you are in a dress, skirt or flowy pants and your favourite jewellery!
Please bring a yoga mat, cushion to sit on, a candle with a plate to go under it, an open mind, and if you like, an item for the co-created altar.
Gather in sacred sisterhood, with a group of like minded women, for a magical evening celebrating the Gemini Full Moon.
Gemini is all about communication. The theme for our sacred gathering will be Speaking our Truth and Reclaiming our Voice. Through dance, sacred movement, yoga, song, self inquiry, sisterhood sharing, affirmation and ritual, we will harmonise, open, clear, release and activate our throat chakra.
A balanced throat chakra allows us to speak with more ease, grace and confidence whether this be to share our needs with others, to set boundaries, to express feelings and emotions, to show up with integrity or to be heard. It also improves our ability to listen to loved ones.
We will call upon the Goddesses of Healing, Release and Restoration to catalyse transformation so that we may reclaim the power of our voice. As we heal and restore our own unique voice and frequency, we create healing for our entire linage – past and present.
A delicious Superfood Cacao Bliss Ball offering will guide us to soften, open our heart centre and activate all our feel good-happy hormones!
I look forward to reconnecting with each and every one of you sisters for another transformative evening under the full moon! It is an absolute pleasure, honour and joy. This gathering is dedicated and consecrated to the healing of my Father. May our individual healing work ripple into our families, communities, the collective conscious and the planet!
And so it is!
In Love and Devotion,
Friday September 6th – Sunday September 8th, 2019
Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island
Self Care is Self Love. Join Lacey Budge for an inspiring and nourishing weekend retreat to savour the end of summer. Step out of your daily routine, and create space to fill your cup before diving into a busy fall schedule.
Retreat to an Island Getaway! Relax, rejuvenate and unwind at Shanti Retreat located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, the gateway to the Thousand Islands. To reach Shanti, board the Wolfe Island Ferry conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kingston. It’s a scenic 20 minute free car ferry ride to this island sanctuary.
Awaken & Restore the inner Goddess with a weekend of yoga (Flow, Hatha & Restorative), meditation, sacred movement to open the body and heart, self care practices, countryside walks, soul nourishing vegetarian cuisine, inspiring gatherings and an evening bonfire. Experience the special energy of the yurt during our daily practices and gatherings.
Choose from semi private, shared or tenting accommodation. You’ll feel at home in Shanti’s spacious century inn and waterside cabins. This beautiful property has stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm.
Your body and soul will be nourished with Shanti’s delicious and nutritious meals. With the utmost love and respect for animals and the earth, vegetarian meals are served. We strive to use locally grown Wolfe Island organic produce whenever possible. Shanti can accommodate a gluten free and vegan diet. See a sample menu!
Reconnect with the beauty, freedom and infinite joy that dwells within. Immerse yourself in Wolfe Island’s natural beauty with time outdoors swimming in the Brown’s Bay, sunbathing, walking the labyrinth, cycling, reading in a hammock, or simply sitting waterside with a journal and herbal tea. You may also choose to book a massage with Jack during the afternoon free time!
Connect with nature, Self, and sisterhood. All scheduled activities are optional – it’s your retreat! We will have a magical weekend together, and you will leave feeling reconnected, reawakened and restored.
Retreat Includes :
- 2 nights accommodation in semi private, shared or tenting
- All yoga classes, guided meditation, and sacred movement practices guided by Lacey
- All yoga props. No need to bring your mat, unless you can’t leave home without it!
- Nourishing afternoon self care practices
- A magical evening gathering to awaken the Goddess within
- Welcoming bonfire, drumming and sacred songs
- 5 Delicious, locally inspired vegetarian meals served buffet style
- Silent mornings to support relaxation and inner contemplation
- Use of Shanti’s amenities: infrared sauna, labyrinth, walking routes, canoes & kayaks, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, and slack line
- Ample time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a nap, connect with like minded women or book a massage
Arrival between 2:00 & 4:30 pm
5:00—6:30 pm Self Care & Restorative Yoga
6:45 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Welcome Gathering & Bonfire (weather permitting)
with drumming & sacred songs
7:30—8:30 am Silent Self Serve Breakfast
8:30 am Silent Nature Walk
9:30 am Awakening Flow Yoga, Inspiring Movement
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm Free Time for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, reading in a hammock, taking a nap, enjoying the infrared sauna, connecting in sisterhood, or book a massage!
4:00 pm – 6pm Yoga & Nourishing Self Care Practices
8:00 – 10 pm Evening Gathering
Silent Light Breakfast available upon rising
8:00 am Silent Nature Walk
9:00 am Yoga, Inspiring Movement & Closing Circle
11:00 am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00 pm Check Out of Rooms. Enjoy the Property Until 2:00pm
Shared Accommodation (3-4 women per room or cabin) $415 + hst
Semi Private Accommodation (2 share) $465 + hst
Shanti Tent (private) $390 + hst
Personal tent $365 + hst
To make a booking and reserve your space, please contact Shanti Retreat.
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Join a sisterhood of women who are reawakening and emerging into their fullest expression for a powerful 9 week online journey.
September 22nd – November 25th, 2018
Rise and step into your fullest expression.
“I can hear the calling. It is so clear, and so beautiful. I am here to serve, and Spirit is continuously guiding me to bring women together in sacred circle, this time in a more global way. From the depths of my heart, I want to share the powerful and transformative practices that have been passed down and revealed to me which have brought me back to who I truly am – love, freedom, abundance, stillness and infinite bliss. It is my heart’s desire for as many women as possible to experience the beauty of this process of Self (re)Discovery and remembrance; to come back into harmony and balance with mother nature, her cycles and our highest Self. May these ancient techniques and practices inspire you to live in a more natural, radiant, balanced and connected way as the emerging women and goddess you are! ” ~ Lacey Budge
We are in a time of rapid change, transformation and awakening. Are you present to it? As our ancestors did, it is time we gather to learn and share the sacred traditions that women have been living for thousands of years in honour of a balanced and unconditionally loved physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body.
Is Emergence for you?
- Are you feeling inspired to come together in a non-judgmental friendship with like minded, conscious women of all ages to remember and rediscover the wisdom, stillness, joy and power that dwells within our hearts and womb space?
- Are you yearning to connect in a deeper way with yourSelf, partner, women, nature, the cycles of the moon and all of creation?
- Are ready to realign your entire being- body, mind and spirit, for a more balanced and ease-full life?
- Are you ready to let go past conditioning, limiting beliefs, fear, worry, stress and the stories that hold you back?
- Are you ready to step into the most confident, authentic, loving, free, truth seeking, balanced version of your Goddess Self?
- Are you ready to Emerge? To be Celebrated and Honoured?
- ACCESS to our private Emergence Online Temple filled with all teaching videos, practices, gathering dates, special interviews, access to private FB group, sister support and more!
- WEEKLY TEACHINGS (9 videos*, 75 – 90 minutes each) that you can listen to at any time, to reawaken inner knowledge through practical, educational & experiential practices, meditations, self reflection journaling questions, rituals, yoga and movement, music, artistic projects, herbs and diet, taoist practices including an introduction to the jade egg. *videos are pre-recorded close to release day for quality purposes and uploaded immediately for your access, due to wifi availability and limitations.
- LIVE ONLINE Opening & Closing Circle
- LIVE Full Moon Ceremony
- 2 LIVE ONLINE Sister Support Circle w/ Q&A
- 3 BONUS INTERVIEWS with inspiring special guests
- ACCESS to private Facebook group to deepen connections and share in your experience
- Weekly music playlists to inspire you in movement, meditation and throughout your day!
PLUS, there is an optional IN PERSON 4 DAY RETREAT OPPORTUNITY for emergence sisters, who feel the call, to connect in physical presence to deepen our connection on this journey together.
We will gather at the serene, peaceful and magical Shanti Retreat, located on picturesque Wolfe Island, Canada. Savour the beauty of fall with a weekend retreat of meditation, restorative and flow yoga, sacred movement, self care practices, countryside walks, soul nourishing vegetarian cuisine, inspiring gatherings and an evening bonfire. This offering also includes a special Cacao Ceremony where you will enjoy a delicious superfood chocolate elixir, followed by a guided movement practice that will open the heart and invite you to reconnect with beauty, freedom and infinite joy.
Full Details about the retreat can be found HERE.
Thursday October 18th – Sunday the 21st.
Please note the retreat is also open to women who are not participating in the online course.
Throughout the 9 week portal, you will be invited to
- Create more space for stillness in your life.
- Re-Awaken to the sacredness in your daily life
- Heal & Harmonize the inner feminine and masculine
- Experience a deep connection with nature
- Explore your voice, gifts, greatest talents
- Re-Organize your life, in harmony with inner and outer moon cycles, to create more balance and ease
- Deepen the connection with your highest self, and in all your relationships
- Come into deeper appreciation for your menstrual cycles as well as balance your cycle and hormonal endocrine system
- Embody your sensual self and the Goddess Within
- Celebrate with more time for playfulness and innocence
- Release trauma and invite in abundant, unconditional love
- Remember your power, courage & strength
- Welcome in vulnerability and step into the mystery of the dark void
- Question all that has been projected upon you so you feel empowered to reclaim TRUTH and WHOLENESS.
The sacred and safe environment will encourage you to open and release; to share and celebrate; to feel welcomed and fully accepted as you are – however you show up.
Commit to you and to this beautiful process!
Be a part of a supportive, loving sisterhood…a powerful movement and inner revolution
Can you hear the calling?
The journey begins September 21st with an autumn equinox meditation & journaling on self discovery, and self commitment. The first teaching video becomes available in the online temple on Sunday September 30th.
Teaching Videos become available every Sunday and can be listened to any time throughout the week that suite you best!
More details of each week coming soon!
Week 1: Claiming your Seat as an Emerging Woman + LIVE opening Ceremony
Week 2: Coming Home to the Radiant Self
Week 3: Living the Path of the Awakened Woman + BONUS Guest Speaker Interview
Week 4: Womb Health & Your Connection to the Moon + LIVE Full Moon Gathering
Week 5: The Beauty of Surrender and Trust: Waning Moon Wisdom + BONUS Guest Speaker Interview + Live Q&A
Week 6: Red Tent & The Power of Tuning Inward: New Moon Wisdom
Week 7: ReAwakening Creativity & Manifesting your Dreams: Waxing Moon Wisdom + BONUS Guest Speaker Interview
Week 8: Living an Orgasmic & Fully Illuminated Life: Full Moon Wisdom + + LIVE Q&A
Week 9: Sharing your Voice & Gifts with the World + LIVE Closing Ceremony
… For a total of 18 sessions!
Will I know all of the gathering dates in advance? YES! Upon registration you will receive all of the LIVE gathering dates, and teaching release dates so that you can schedule them into your calendar.
Will I be spending a lot of time in front of the computer? Absolutely not. While the course materials are delivered online, all video recordings could be listened as audio only. The intention of the experience and practices is to guide you back within, a journey of transformation from the inside out.
I bow to you sister…to all you are reclaiming and celebrating!
In love, devotion & radiance,
Inspired by mother earth and her cycles for an early summer cooking class
at Shanti Retreat.
1 bunch asparagus
1 bag or 2 bunches of radishes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt + pepper
1 tbsp spoon virgin coconut oil
¾ cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
For the dressing
1 large handful of arugula
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 tbsp dijon
1 tbsp honey
Generous handful of fresh mint, chopped
Pinch of cayenne
More salt, pepper and oil as needed
Optional garnish with garden chives
Preheat oven to 400.
Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets
Cut off asparagus ends and cut veggie into 3 inch pieces
Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet.
Trim radish tops, and if they are large cut into 4, or leave whole if smaller.
Toss radishes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet
Bake veggies until soft.
In a pan, melt coconut oil and add leeks and salt. Sautee for 5 minutes, or until soft and brown. Add balsamic vinegar, walnuts and cranberries and sautee for another 5 minutes.
Once veggies are roasted, toss in a large bowl with leeks, walnuts and cranberries.
Add arugula, and all dressing ingredients.
Stir or mix with hands until well combined.
Add additional oil, salt and pepper as needed.
Optional, to garnish with chives.
Let me start by saying that travelling as a Vegetarian or Vegan in the Philippines has its challenges, but it is definitely possible! Throughout my 6 weeks here, I have been blessed with finding some very delicious restaurants, colourful fruit and veggie markets/stands along with an abundance of fresh young coconuts!
Do not let the lack of plant based menu items hold you back from travelling here. The Philippines is one of the least built up places I have travelled to and is home to some of the nicest people in the world. The islands I visited are so incredibly lush and abundant with waterfalls, beaches, secret lagoons and unique mountainous landscapes. Plus, I can finally check this off my bucket list: staying in a waterfront cottage on private beach…for less than $50 CDN a night!
When my my partner Jack and I decided to take this trip, there were not many online resources on vegan travel in the Philippines. Trusting this inspires you and guides you during a happy, healthy and holistic trip through these incredible Islands.
My first tip: Eat a lot more fruit than your used to! For most of our trip we’d wake up and drink a coconut water (mixed with spirulina we brought from Canada) followed by some fresh hydrating fruit like watermelon. In the afternoon, we had a mix of seasonal and local fruit like mangos, bananas, pineapple, papaya, jackfruit, or chicos (similar to sweet bosc pear, also known as nispero in Central America) or coconut meat! Dinner would be time for the restaurant (and some times a home cooked meal at our airbnb’s). This is such a nourishing and hydrating way of eating. The tropical fruit here are fresh, local and therefore high in nutrients. With the hot weather, it feels so good to eat a more cooling diet. And if you plan to do lots of activity during the day, especially swimming, it’s nice to feel a bit lighter.
Moalboal Fruit Stand
You can’t miss it. It’s right on the national highway soon as you turn into the city, next to city hall and the round about. There is also a much larger fruit and veggie market just behind the stores on the main road (national highway), but we were quite happy with what we found at the main fruit stand. Epic yellow watermelon (and red too), mango, pineapple, pomelo, jackfruit, soursop, coconuts, you can also find apples and oranges.
Known as one of the best restaurants in Moalboal, and it has about 8 vegan menu options featuring local veggies like eggplant, carrots, purple sweet potato, okra, pumpkin, peppers and green beans.
What we ordered… Yellow Vegetable Curry w/ rice; Veggies in Peanut Sauce; the vegan eggplant dish dish.
Tip: portions are small so you may want to order 3 dishes for two people if its for dinner.
+ We absolutely enjoyed playing with all the available board games like scrabble, uno, connect four and jenga while waiting for our meal!
What we ordered...Thai Red Vegetable Curry, Indonesian Yellow Curry, Vegetable Tempura.
Insider’s scoop: Great portion sizes! The red curry was very tasty and a perfect balance between sweet and spicy- definitely more flavourful than the yellow. I wouldn’t recommend the tempura it was very oil and was battered really thick, not like the traditional style.
Free-Diving Planet (hostel + free dive training center)
What we ordered...Sweet potato fries and greek inspired quinoa salad, Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl, Superfood Soup with moringa leaves, carrots and pumpkin.
Insider’s scoop: Pretty Plain, but was happy to be eating quinoa. The noodles were delicious. A bit more expensive than other restaurants.
This was one of the best meals we enjoyed during the trip, we’re probably biased because we LOVE Indian food and hadn’t had any during our trip yet. But really, this was authentic, tasty, Indian Cuisine and very well received by our bellies! It’s a must for any vegan or vegetarian travelling through or to Puerto.
Tip: Definitely order the naan with chutney. Great price, good portions. nice decor and they do take out! A must for vegans and vegetarians visiting puerto princesa.
What we ordered… Tempeh Fries, Veggie & Rice Jambalaya, Vegan Burritos
Insider’s Scoop: The best thing was the tempeh fries! The rest of the meal was decent, but nothing remarkable. I was a bit uninspired by the menu that seemed to use a lot of canned veggies.
You can find these pretty much everywhere on the side of the street and they are always abundant. There is also a bigger town market as well. During our time near Puerto Princesa, we did a 6 day self guided silent retreat and fruit cleanse. We had so much fun transporting our giant fruit haul in the tricycle!
Greek Salad (with or without feta cheese), and a lot of other salads to choose from.
CORON (town proper)
Fruit and Veggie Stands
Walk down to the waterfront, at the end of Don Pedro Street, 2 block to the left, to find lots of fruit and veggie stands and fresh coconuts.
Food Court in the local market (down by the water at the end of Don Pedro Street)
You have no idea how blessed and lucky we feel to have found “The Harvest Bowl.” This is one of our favourite meals in Canada where we make many versions of this “Buddha Bowl.” This restaurant is probably one of the pricier ones of our trip, but so worth it. We also enjoyed a garden salad that actually included an abundance of fresh leafy lettuce (a rare find that was most welcomed!).
What we ordered…The Harvest Bowl: Served on a bed of brown rice and topped with sprouted mung beans, thinly sliced cucumber and coconut meat, homemade marinated slaw, crunchy chickpeas, cashews and the best ever creamy coconut thai curry sauce; Garden Salad with honey mustard dressing; Calamansi juice with honey.
Insider’s Scoop: The bill adds on an additional, mandatory, 10 % service charge, so be sure to keep this in mind based on your budget. See the full menu
This was one of the first restaurants we found online with veggie and vegan options. It offers a variety of choices like curries, pesto pastas, salads, fried rice and canton noodles.
What we ordered (went went here twice!)… Canton Veggie Noodles; Creamy Pumpkin Soup with coconut milk served with a delicious homemade grainy rye bread; Sweet potato chips with homemade salsa and homemade mustard (the best!); Mung Bean and Chickpea Curry with Garlic Rice (our favourite dish).
Tip: #1. Order the homemade mustard, it will be the best one of your life! #2 Go for an early dinner. There are only a few tables and it gets busy, so to avoid waiting in line go around 5 pm.
Insider’s Scoop: The Canton noodles are quite good and the portion size is massive, but we later found out by reading some packaging in the store that the noodles are made with yellow food colouring, so we avoided them during our 2nd visit.
Muslim Halal Food Stall
*This was our first Island visit, and I wasn’t take food photos at the time..sorry!*
Mini Fruit Stand
Where to find it: At the town square (you will see a public pool), Turn right off the main road, at the health clinic, drive along the water for less than a minute – you will pass people doing laundry in a small river, and then you will find the market where you can buy local watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, bananas and veggies.
This was our go to place on Siquijor….we must have gone at least 6 times during our 10 day stay. They had so many choices, the food is incredible, good portions, above average prices for Siquijor but comparable with the rest of the places we visited, live music, comfy couches, fire dancing night and more!
What we ordered… Singaporian Red Vegetable Curry (daily special), Fresh Rolls, Green Sala, Roasted eggplant in coconut cream, Grilled Veggie Burger (they were out of banana bloom as indicated on the menu), Sweet Potato Wedges.
Tip: Do yourself a favour and order a fresh Pineapple Juice – Probably the only ‘not watered down or blended with ice’ juice/shake we had during our entire trip.
+ You can find a shop, owned by baha bar, across the street selling some fruit and veggies and other staples if you want to cook at your place.
The Mediterranean Restaurant (yep that is what its called)
What we ordered…Hummus, fresh veggies and homemade pita, Absolutely Divine Sautéed Okra served with quality sea salt.
Tip: Super small portions for these 2 dishes, think of them as appetisers or order one per person.
Saki (part of Hillside Village)
This place is a gem. We came across it when we spent one afternoon driving around most of the island and up into the mountains toward the forest. We absolutely loved doing this and highly recommend it. We found Sake, just past Infinite Heights resort, at the top of a hill with an epic view. This authentic Japanese restaurant had an extensive menu, and quite a few vegetarian options- with the option to make them vegan.
What we ordered…Vegetable Tempura with Moringa, Pumpkin, Jump Oregano Leaves and Eggplant, Green Tea Soba Noodle Soup
Tip: Go for the the panoramic view and the beauty of driving up the mountains!