Register for Initiation Retreat

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All Inclusive Retreat Rates 

Semi Private Accommodation.
Simple 2 share room with shared washroom facilities

$575 ~ Early Bird Rate until May 31st

$615 ~ Regular Rate After May 31st


Nature Camping
Bring all your own tenting gear. Washroom facilities available in the main hall. Space is limited. 

$ 515 ~ Early Bird Rate until May 31st

$555 ~ Regular Rate After May 31st


Private Room or Private Cabin
Based on availability. Please email me directly for more details if you are interested in this option.

Registration Details

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 lacey.budge@gmail.com 

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. 

 

Cancellation Policy

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! 

In love and devotion,
Lacey 

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Initiation: Women’s Retreat & Sweat Lodge Ceremony

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Thursday July 18th – Sunday July 21st 2019 

Anishinabe Spiritual Center | Espanola, Ontario

 


“Are you willing to undergo the necessary transformation from caterpillar consciousness to the butterfly of freedom?” ~Mooji

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Goddess Ma’at and her wings of Truth, Peace and Harmony. Photo captured during Egypt Priestess Pilgrimage December 2018 

I am already a full embodied yes!

Register Now! 

 

The Invitation

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 

The Retreat 

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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

Sample Menu

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).

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.


Retreat Includes

Pre Retreat Preparation 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

Music Playlists

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 am  Breakfast & Fresh Green Juice

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Morning Yoga, Movement & Temple Arts Practice 

1 pm  Lunch & Leisure/ Sweat Lodge

4:30 pm Afternoon Gathering / Workshop 

6:30 pm Dinner 

8:00 pm Evening Gathering followed by bonfire 

 

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This retreat offering is being curated for only 22 women.  

Feel into your heart, and if this is a YES! for you,

we welcome you so fully sister!  

 

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Healing Cancer Naturally

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.

LINK TO DONATE.

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

Turmeric – Ginger- Lemon Shots!

* High fruit (raw) diet to flush the lymphatic system with whole fruit, juices and smoothies

All Fruit Smoothie Bowl

* Fresh Green Juices, Vegetable Juices & Green Superfood Drinks

Apple, Carrot, Beet, Ginger Juice

 * Raw and cooked vegan meals

Roasted Potatoes are a special treat!!! Our favourite Salad with my Creamy Vegan Cashew Kale Caesar Salad (GET THE RECIPE)

 * Homemade tea made of burdock root, marshmallow root,  pau d’arco, juniper berries, comfrey, plantain leaves 

Heal Thyself!

Green Tea (capsules and as tea) + Chaga Tea

Locally harvested chaga prepared with love from a dear family friend and medicine woman ❤

plus… Liquid Vitamin D; Vitamin B 12, black cumin seed oil

Lifestyle
* 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!



Speak Your Truth: Women’s Full Moon Gathering with Lacey Budge

I Claim and Honour my True Voice

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,

Lacey 

Sister, are you ready to be supported and celebrated in your Emergence? An online 9 Week Journey for Women with Lacey Budge  

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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

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It’s time.

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

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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?

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Emergence Includes

  • 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. 

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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. 

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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?

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Weekly Overview

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!

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FULL DETAILS FOR REGISTRATION & INVESTMENT 

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FAQ

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.

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I bow to you sister…to all you are reclaiming and celebrating!

 

In love, devotion & radiance,

lacey

TRAVEL VEGAN IN THE PHILIPPINES

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!

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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.

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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.

 


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Moalboal Fruit Stand

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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.

Ven’z Kitchen

 

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!

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What we ordered...Thai Red Vegetable Curry, Indonesian Yellow Curry, Vegetable Tempura.

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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.


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PUERTO PRINCESA

Lale Indian  & Thai Restaurant 

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. 

Ima’s Vegetarian Restaurant

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.

Fruit Stands

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!

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PORT BARTON

 We found 2 incredible restaurants and stuck to them… Gorgonzola and Mabuti!
#1 Top Restaurant of our trip:… Gorgonzola
This mainly vegetarian restaurant was an incredible treat for us! We enjoyed many vegan, Italian/Spanish inspired dishes, which is not so easy to do when travelling. The taste of a thin crust pizza, cooked in a wood fire oven is priceless, especially with homemade dough, yummy sauce and amazing toppings to choose from. It smells divine in here and the open concept kitchen is so beautifully designed. They are in the middle of expanding so I am sure you can only expect it to get better from here!
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What we ordered…
Wood fire oven, thin crust, vegan pizza with cashew cheese and all our favourite toppings like artichokes, olives, peppers, arugula, avocado, zucchini and eggplant.
Full Protein Salad with leafy green lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, mung beans, boiled egg/hummus, turmeric cashew dressing accompanied by homemade bread!

 

All types of toasts served on that delicious bread. We tried the humus and sautéed mushroom.
Oven baked focaccia bread with your choice of dip: hummus, pesto, eggplant, tapenade, or go for the bruschetta.
We didn’t have any, but they also make fresh homemade pasta in house which you can order with your choice of sauce, including pesto, tomato, creamy mushroom and a few others.
Insider’s Scoop: Each table comes with three kinds of homemade, infused olive oils : oregano, garlic and spicy! They are awesome to put on top of the pizza, salad or even the toasts. Its not always easy to come buy quality olive oil while travelling, so we took advantage of it and upped our healthy fat intake!
Tip: Try the ginger-mint lemonade, it’s super refreshing. Made with fresh mint, ginger root and blended in a vitamix with homemade lemonade!
 A sweet, modern, chic yet chill hang out space, with an almost completely vegetarian menu.
What we ordered…Mango-cashew salad with fresh spinach, Mixed greens salad (greek inspired), The best ever Veggie Burger (curry flavoured and served on a homemade bun) which comes with tasty & crispy baked potato wedges, Homemade Quiche with mixed veggie Salad.
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Tip: You’ll love the vegan burger, that’s all we need to say. Order any drink, we recommend the fresh calamansi juice and it comes with  a free bamboo straw.
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What we ordered … Falafal plate comes with 6 falafels, small Israeli salad,  tahini dip and pita, Hummus and Pita.
Tip: This was quite delicious, although a bit pricey for the portion size. We were okay with it as the owner literally orders so much of his products in from Israel so that they are the most authentic version!
Enjoy a 1km walk from town to this very big outdoor restaurant all with bamboo furniture. This places is more of a bar, and not so much our style. To be honest, they have so many signs posted, we needed to go check it out. The food was perfect for an afternoon snack.
What we ordered… sweet potato fries, tempura olives. They have also have noodle bowls with tahini sauce or peanut sauce, but we were just there to snack and check it out.
note: Our accommodation (EVIO front beach cottage on airbnb) was on a private beach, in a cute little cottage, 30 minutes walking distance from Port Barton, in Pamuyan. The owner, Rosemary, prepared us delicious vegan meals like pumpkin curry, stewed mung beans, vegetable curry, spring rolls, mashed purple sweet potato, coconut rice  and desserts like fried banana! So don’t worry…we didn’t eat Italian every night!
EL NIDO
The only full vegan/veggie place in El Nido which is hard to believe for the number of tourists. This was a fun experience. We got to meet the owner, who is also the chef. He is so inspired by plant based cooking, especially inventing new kinds of burgers. He makes everything from scratch, including the bun which is made with whole wheat. You eat on a little bench in this mini snack bar. The power was out (very common!) when we were there so we enjoyed our burgers with candlelight.
What we ordered…Double decker falafel burger, Sweet potato burger, Fresh Cut Fries
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Tip: If you’re really hungry go for the double decker, other go for the other burger patti choices: sweet potato, eggplant, mushroom and corn or potato, all made from a chickpea based + he even does a banana burger!
Happiness Express
 This is more of a bar rather than a restaurant, and a very popular one indeed.  It has a cool vibe and funky decor and seems to be the place to go if you want to have some drinks after a day of touring. We went for the food!
What we ordered… Mediterranean sharing plate with hummus, best ever falafels, spicy tomato dip, tahini, eggplant dip pitas and spicy sauce, The Falafel and Hummus Plate.
Insider’s Scoop: Other delicious items on the menu (and what we saw being ordered around us!) were the home made fries and the shakshuka!
Athena Greek Restaurant 
What we ordered…

Greek Salad (with or without feta cheese), and a lot of other salads to choose from.

…and of course, more mediterranean sharing plates with hummus and babaganoush.
Insider’s Scoop: Very nice location, right on the beach. It gets busy so you may have to make a reservation. They also serve fresh veggies juices here.
On the island hopping tours, as a vegan you can always expect the same cuisine: fresh fruit like bananas, melon and pineapple; the classic marinated vegetable salad with cabbage, carrots and green beans; eggplant salad; rice; and a fresh tomato, cucumber and shredded carrot plate.

CORON (BUSUANGA)

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)

Buzz Express

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!).

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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 

Brujita 

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

What a gem of spicy, flavourful, homemade, cheap food! We seriously spent 150 PHP on dinner for both of us. That is a record, and so was the taste. How lucky we were to find this place. We have been wanting to eat street food our entire trip, but couldn’t find anything vegan other than fried food. We were so pleased to find this delicious jack fruit inspired coconut curry (I still can’t believe it wasn’t meat!)
What we ordered…Jackfruit and coconut Stew (40 php), Vegetable Curry (40 php), and Rice (15 php)

 


SIQUIJOR ISLAND

*This was our first Island visit, and I wasn’t take food photos at the time..sorry!*

SAN JUAN

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.

Restaurants

Baha Bar

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! 

One Day SELF RENEWAL Retreat with Lacey Budge

Saturday October 28th, 2017

8:30 am – 9 pm

Anishnabe Spiriutal Center, Espanola


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The focus of this autumn retreat is one of renewal and relaxation. This one day getaway is an invitation to look inward, to recharge and to fill up your own cup. From this place of deep rejuvenation, you will feel more revitalised and present for yourself, your family, your purpose, your job and everyone who graces your path.

Throughout the day, you will be gently guided into restoration, softening and letting go, through the practice of hatha yoga {for all levels}, meditation, nature walks, and personal time in silence {mauna} for Self care and Self reflection.

The retreat also includes an inspiring afternoon workshop which will offer pointings to inner Truth. Remember how to sit in the company of your own splendour, and how to “tap in” to the stillness, joy, love and infinite energy that already dwells within. The intention of this workshop is to remind you that you are much more than your body, thoughts, emotions, reactions, roles and story. “Do not feel lonely. The entire Universe lives inside of you.” ~Rumi 

Your body, mind and spirit will be nourished and enlivened with a whole foods, organic (when possible) vegan brunch and dinner, infused water, herbal teas, as well as an afternoon superfood bliss ball snack!

Our day together will close with an evening practice of yoga nidra- the yoga of deep relaxation. Through this practice and the relaxing energy of the entire day, you will leave feeling in harmony and balance.

May we all rest in our natural state of Sat.Chit.Ananda {Truth. Consciousness.Bliss Absolute}

Namaste,
Lacey
Self Renewal Retreat Flow 

8:30 am – 9:00 am Arrival and Tea Time

9:00 – 11:00 am Morning Practice: Awakening Hatha Yoga and Meditation

11:00 am Nourishing Brunch

12:00- 2:00 pm Inspiring Workshop + Silent Walking Meditation
2:00 – 4:00  pm Personal Self Care Practice {… in sacred silence}
…time in nature, relaxation, journalling, creative expression, reading, resting, etc
3:00 pm Chocolate Bliss Ball Snack!…Andrea’s famous peanut butter chocolate balls! 
4:00 – 6:00 pm Gentle Hatha Yoga & Meditation
6:15 pm Nourishing Dinner
7:45 pm Yoga Nidra- the yoga of deep sleep and relaxation
8:45 pm departure

 

Rates

$150 per person

To confirm your space and register, please:

Send an interac e transfer to lacey.budge@gmail.com in the full retreat amount see options below), an email with the password, as well as fill out the form below.

 

Cancellation Policy 

The retreat payment is non-refundable. However, in the case of a cancellation, your spot can be filled by another retreat participant by your consent.

Time to Set that Life Intention

It’s our personal human nature to set goals and intentions, to want to be somebody, to get somewhere in this life we have been given.

Recently, I learned that the word intention (a word I use quite often) comes from the latin root, intendere. Tender/tensum means “to stretch toward” something, and it got me thinking, “why do we always want to be stretching toward something ?

When it comes to goal/intention setting in various areas of our life, we like to “move toward” a somewhat immediate result, perhaps in the time frame of a few months to a year. We talk about that advancement or raise at work; or a health goal like training for a 5km race, losing weight, meditating daily or quitting smoking.

As for the inside job, maybe we are trying to be more patient with loved ones, to speak more confidently during a business meeting, or to become a better listener with our partner.

Long term goals are definitely not alien to us either—think 5 or 10 year plans for buying a house, starting a family, paying off school debt, etc. Whether we reach the goal or not, we typically have a type of reward or finish line in mind.

When we set a goal that we want to meet, we put our full focus, will power and determination into it—at least in the beginning  We may even become over obsessive or addicted to our goal and witness it as it becomes all we think or talk about (but not necessarily in the most mindful way).

Society has definitely conditioned us to be goal oriented “human doings,” but what about a non goal goal, like an intention for life?

I don’t mean accomplishing x,y,z by the time we are 90 years old, but rather taking time to contemplate how it is we want to “be” in our life, vs what we “do.”

For example, a personal “life” intention of mine is to live with grace and to serve the greatest Good; to live a holistic and harmonious life with this body, mind, spirit, nature and all Beings. I want to live for the joy of Being, not because that is a goal, but it’s who I am, it’s my natural state.

As I started to keep more focus on the Highest, most Supreme, Grand intentions, my life started to have more purpose. Of course there a mini intentions set within this, yet the main focus does not lie there.

By taking some time to journal and sit in stillness, we can allow ideas for this “life intention” to arise. From here, we can start to ask ourselves questions like “does my lifestyle support my highest goal?”, “Do the people I surround myself with align with my dharma (a term used in Buddhism to mean life purpose)?”, “Am I acting in every moment from this place of intention with every word I speak and action I take?”

Living a more purposeful life does have not to mean traveling the world, become famous or driving our dream car… but it definitely can also mean that!

The doing, the collecting of things and successful accomplishments will simply unfold with time (that is this life!). Me, there person, will be acting out my life plan, as mySelf bears witness.

What’s going to keep us grounded in truth, focussed on love and thriving with grace is the embodiment (walking our talk!) of this life intention in each and every moment.

It’s when we recognise our Highest Self and live from a place of pure naturalness and spontaneity, as the yogis call Sahaja, that we will feel fully free.

ReWild and ReConnect: A Self Care Retreat for Women with Lacey Budge in Costa Rica, March 2018

ReWild and ReConnect: A Self Care Retreat for Women with Lacey Budge

A 9 Day Journey to Rediscover Inner Strength, Wisdom, Courage, Divinity & Connection to Mother Earth.

March 30th – April 7th, 2018

Farm of Life, Costa Rica

Will you join me on this journey of Self Discovery?


Hi Beautiful! Thank you for taking the first step on our journey together.

The ReWild & ReConnect Self Care Retreat is specifically created to honour, empower and celebrate you as a woman. Together, we will embark on a nourishing 9 day journey back to Inner Strength, Wisdom, Courage, Divinity & Connection to Mother Earth. It is my path, passion and purpose to bring women together, to share wisdom and teachings which have been revealed to me and to act as a sacred mirror to remind you of who you truly are.

“Women are the most powerful untapped natural resource.” ~ Achintya Devi

As a woman, I feel how easy it is for us to get caught up in the roles we play and the masks we wear with daily responsibilities and duties. I truly understand how we can simply forget who we are in our essence when the busy-ness of life consumes every moment.

I can relate how simple it can be to become imbalanced, stressed, sick and burned out in a world filled with unhealthy food and drink choices; chemicals and unnatural fabrics; toxins in the air, water and food; relief of symptoms with synthetic poisonous drugs; work days spent under artificial lights or diving in a car; self worth determined from media’s images, and a continuous feeling like there are not enough hours in a day, or not enough ideas for lunch boxes!

Who would you be without all of the doing and distractions? Who would you re-discover if you sat with yourself in stillness, simply Being, and asked the question Who Am I? What would you re-awaken when you surround yourself with a group of like minded women who lift up your vibration and accept you as your are? And when you found her, How would you honour and celebrate her? How would you bow down to Her inner wisdom?

From my own experience, the greatest way to truly nourish myself holistically {body, mind and spirit} is to connect with nature through the elements, plants and animals. I want to remind you of the magic, healing and wisdom that is always available to us in the natural world.

It is my absolute honour to extend this invitation to reconnect you with the Greatest Mother: Mother Nature, and I could not think of a more magnificent place than my “winter home,” the Farm of Life, in Costa Rica. This serene sanctuary, a place of peace and beauty, is where we will relax, restore, rejuvenate and come back into harmony with nature.

Will you join me in the Costa Rican jungle, Blessed One? In gratitude, Lacey Theresa Margaret Budge

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which includes a personal invitation to you, retreat & excursion description, rates & registration, a sample schedule & menu, about the Farm of Life and so much more!

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