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The Liberated Woman: ReWild & ReConnect Retreat Costa Rica

Rewild 2020

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.

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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.

 

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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?

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Our Sanctuary: Farm of Life

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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

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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

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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.)

Not Included

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)

Staff Gratuities

 Shopping at the beach in Dominical

 

 

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ReWild & ReConnect Retreat Sister Praise 


Take a tour of the Farm of Life,
the sanctuary for our journey together!

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!

 

 

 

 

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.

Holistic Lacey’s Pantry

Holistic Lacey’s Pantry

When transitioning to a plant based diet, focus on adding as many organic, seasonal, local and fresh fruits and vegetable to your diet. I recommend adding salads or raw food to every meal (according to constitution), as well enjoying snacks such as fruit, veggies, superfoods & green smoothies. Some of my favourite nutrient powerhouses include sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, avocados, almonds, brazil nuts, berries, lemons, broccoli.

Whole grains/ flours

Quinoa

Millet

Brown Rice

Spelt flour

Light bucwkwheat

Sprouted grain bread/ rye bread

Soba noodles

Rolled oats

Barley

Nuts & seeds

Flax seeds

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Walnuts

Pecans

Almonds (almond butter)

Brazil nuts

Sesame seeds (+tahini)

Beans, legumes, & more veggie protein

Chickpeas

Black beans

Kidney beans

Edamame

Mung beans (sprouting)

Red lentils

Green lentils

Organic Tofu

Organic Tempeh

Organic Free-Range Eggs

Sweeteners

Maple syrup

Honey (raw/local)

Molasses

Dried fruits

Medjool dates

Organic un-sulphured apricots

Cranberries

Raisins

Oils & vinegars

Olive oil

Coconut oil

MCT oil

Sesame oil

Grapeseed oil

Apple cider vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Spices & fresh herbs

All spices &herbs especially cinnamon, sea salt,  turmeric, fresh ginger root, garlic, parsley, cilantro

Condiments & more

Grainy mustard

Dijon Mustard

Tamari (gluten free)

Kalamata olives

Superfoods

Goji berries

Sea veggies

Cacao (raw)

Maca

Ashwagandha

Bee Pollen

Chaga/ Reishi Mushroom tea

Shortcuts

unsweetened Apple sauce

Vegetable broth

Almond milk (Earth’s own)

Hummus

Salsa

Sea veggies

Kombu

Nori

Dulse

Spirulina

Chlorella

Dairy (refrigerate)

Organic Butter

Organic plain yogurt

Organic Kefir

Goat cheese

Sheep feta

Other:

Fermented food (refrigerate) Kombucha

Saurkraut

Kimchi

Loose Leaf Tea

Supplements:

Probiotics

Plant based enzymes by Organika

Aloe Verga Juice by Lily of the Dessert

Greens Powder 

To love is to feel…

Before we know it, we will return 

to the great void from whence we came

A moment in time, a pause in the eternal wheel of life,

and a new cycle begins

A lifetime is simply one moment in eternity

To love is to feel

To love is to accept all there is as it is

To love is to feel complete

To love is know that nothing is missing

For everything is a part of you –

There is no separation

Yet in spite, there is sadness in the heart of love

Because love forever yearns,

It forever ebbs and flows between pleasure and pain

Love it both empty and full

In love you get both laughter and tears

Love is the builder and destroyer of our illusions

And beyond this . . . 

Love is all there is

A heart yearns, a soul ebbs and flows

A dream becomes a reality

Only to discover that reality is a dream

By Toni Carmine Salerno: Gaia: Body and Soul In honour of Mother Nature and the Feminine Spirit

Cleaning out your pantry for Sugar-Free September…& becoming a more conscious cook!

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There are some simple and easy steps that you can take to bring more awareness to what you are putting into your pantry..and therefore into your body (and that of your family).

I have selected some popular “food products” that unfortunately may still be found in the common pantry. Below, I share with you WHAT to replace it with, WHY you would want to replace it and HOW to become more educated on reading ingredient lists and food nutrition labels.

Bringing Mindfulness to Reading the Ingredient List 

“Ingredients” that you want to be on the look out for when trying to purify your body, mind and spirit include sugar, high fructose corn syrup, partially/hydrogenated oils – especially soy, corn & canola (most likely GMO),  maltodextrin, BHAT & BHT, the many names for MSG, and food colourings. For more types of added sugars of which to be mindful, see Sugar Explained by the Canadian Cancer Society. Although the packaged and processed foods you are eating at home may not be extremely high in sugar (i.e.: crackers, soups, frozen meals), they are filled with many other non-nutrient dense “foods”… or let’s say additives, fillers or preservatives.

Making the Lifestyle Change … Beyond Sugar-Free 

You may want to start by first focussing on reducing sugar intake, or maybe you are ready to clean up shop a little bit more. Remember to make it work for you and your lifestyle and that small changes are more likely to last long term.

Pantry Makeover … Making Healthier Choices!

  1. Peanut Butter (Kraft, Jif, Skippy) ….TRY 100% natural peanut butter or any nut/seed butter without any added ingredients.

“Oh great! Only 1 gram of sugar in my favourite Kraft Peanut Butter”…. Not such great news, unfortunately. Although it may seem like a low amount of sugar, this product is not filled with only roasted peanuts… it contains all the the additives from the list above and is sweetened with refined and processed sugars.

I invite you to make the transition to all natural peanut butter or nut butters than can now be found at most local grocery stores. Look for brands that contain only nuts.. no added oils or sugar necessary. Want to take it to the next step?  It’s so easy (and cost efficient) to make your own nut butter at home with a food processor. Add your own natural sweeteners like maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to preserve it and feel good knowing that you are conscious of what you are eating or feeding your family.

2. White Refined Sugar (baking, morning coffee)…TRY a natural sweetener such as Canadian pure maple syrup, honey or Medjool dates.

Numerous amounts of research shows that white, refined sugar is a very addictive substance and even more addictive than drugs like cocaine!!! Utilise this 30 day challenge and fundraiser as an opportunity to break free from any addictive relationships with sugar and start to feel the Health Benefits of going sugar free. Stay tuned for my series Sugar Free Essentials which includes a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy your morning cafe latte free of refined sugar! As for baking, replace sugar with dried fruit like dates or even mashed bananas. Get the recipe for a sugar free Zucchini Cranberry Loaf sweetened with ripe bananas.

3. Sugary Breakfast Cereals… TRY homemade granola or chia pudding.

Today, I am using the example of Frosted Mini Wheats, a store bough cereal promoted as  a “nutritious and delicious bite size snack, whole grain, and a high source of  dietary fiber.” This product contains 11 grams of refined sugar per serving, as do many cereals. The ingredients consist of: Whole grain wheat, icing sugar, glycerin, gelatin, bht. Vitamins and Minerals: iron, thiamine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, zinc oxide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid. 

I strongly believe that there are alternate breakfast options to offer our body a daily source of fiber, vitamins and minerals without the icing sugar, gelatin (sorry vegetarians!) and BHT.

It’s definitely worth it to take time, once a week (or less), to prepare a breakfast cereal that includes ingredients that you can pronounce! Try my Baked Maple Pecan Granola as featured on the Traditional Cooking School’s The Great Granola Round Up . Other breakfast options include my Easy Overnight Chai Oats or you can google the infinite world of chia pudding.
Trusting that these examples inspire you to become a more conscious cook!

Stay Tuned for more sugar free recipes including homemade Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts… a delicious alternative to buying candied nuts or pre packaged trail mix.

Lacey’s Tips for Daily Detox

We ladies know how to do it! 10 inspiring women  started off 2015 by setting intention, reflecting, finding quiet time and nourishing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. From morning meditation, to afternoon veggie juice and evening detox bowl, all the ladies were glowing before heading back home where they could begin to integrate the tools and techniques. I feel so blessed that I was able to offer a New Year’s Detox Retreat in Espanola… it was the perfect way to start the year!

Saturday afternoon I presented a 90 minute holistic workshop on Daily Detox and Digestion. Here is a summary of what we talked about…everything from dandelion tea and eye cleansing, to tongue scraping and food combining…and no topic was off limits!

Lacey’s 10 tips for daily detox

1. Start each day with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon to stimulate the gallbladder, liver and the digestive system..hello regularity! Add  a pinch of cayenne if you wanna live on the edge!

2. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of purified water daily to promote detox and hydration. To make the water more alkalzing (and delicious), add fresh herbs like basil and mint as well as fruit like orange slices, lemon or berries.

3. Re-create your morning routine to include cleansing exercises (kriyas) such as oil pulling, tongue scraping, netti pot and eye cleansing.

“Eyes are the most used organs of our body. We perceive our world with our eyes, and they also are the most over-used from being locked into our laptops to our cell phone to TV screens. The eyes then, lack energy and release heat, crying for relief, and cooling. Eye cleansing process cleanses the eyes by removing external dust particle, body heat and secretions of the eyes that come in the way of normal movement of the eye lid helps that irritate the eyes. This process helps in having clear vision, reduces itching, eye strain and burning eyes. It cools the eyes and keeps fresh. Most essentially, it cools the body very powerful, energizing the eyes and improve the vision. It even reduces under eye bags.

source: http://bfoodfree.org/practice/pancha-kriya-5-yogic-cleansing-practices/

4. Practice dry brushing before you take a shower to stimulate the lymphatic system and cleanse the skin (the body’s largest detoxification organ). Once you’re in the shower, alternate between hot and cold water to improve circulation. Always end with cool water.

5. Exercise, sweat and spend time in nature! This will not only help the body detox but also improves overall mood and well being.

6. Incorporate proper digestion techniques like food combining, drinking liquids in between meals, eating when calm, and chewing slowly!

7. Eat local and seasonally to maximize nutrients and choose organic to reduce intake of toxins and chemicals.

8. Eat more raw foods, green foods and juices! These foods are nutrient dense, alkalizing (PH balancing) and contain all the enzymes needed for digestion. Enjoy 1 raw meal per day or work toward 50% raw at each meal.

9. Re-balance your gut health for overall immunity. Take digestive enzymes which include amylase, protease, cellulase and lipase to improve digestion and absorption as well as a probiotic supplement (10 billion minimum). Include fermented foods like kimchi, saurkraut, kefir and kombucha.

10. Meditate! Sit down every single day even if it’s for 5 minutes. Sit tall and comfortable with eyes gently closed; bring your awareness to your breath. Count the breath to help with concentration. As thoughts arise, simply recognize them without labeling or judging and come back to your breath. Cleansing the mental body is key in promoting longevity and reducing stress.

Start slowly and create a new routine. Even if you add one of these each day, it is a step forward toward cleansing your mind and body.

 

New Year’s Detox & Yoga. Setting intention for 2015!

Start off 2015 with a cleanse! Always wanted to do a cleanse but never had the recipes, motivation or inspiration? Join me… i’m inspired:) and the best part is it’s in Espanola!

Why Detox? Increase energy levels, detox the body after the holidays; strengthen immune system; improve skin health, kick start a new lifestyle; lose weight; nourish your entire Being with organic whole foods, fresh juices and smoothies; nourish your mind and spirit with restorative yoga, yoga for detoxification, meditation, and free time to relax. Learn tips for daily detox and how to include a whole food diet during workshops.

Treat yourself or purchase as the perfect gift for a loved one! Perfect for friends, couples or solo!

Suitable for all yoga levels and perfect for anyone who has never done a detox before or who is looking to get back on track!

All Meals are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar free, grain-free, legume free and soy free. Local and organic produce will be used as often as possible.
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For questions or to register, please visit the contact  page.

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What’s included!!!!
*2 holistic nutrition workshops
*2 yoga classes
*2 guided meditations
*Saturday morning lemon-ginger elixir
*Green smoothie (my favorite recipe!)
*Healthy Brunch (chia pudding, fruit salad and more)
*Fresh Fruit and Veggie juice
*Whole food Detox Dinner
*Delicious “infused” water
*Suggested meal plan for Friday (optional)
*Meal plans and recipes
*Opportunity to learn yoga and meditation techniques to integrate into your everyday life.
*Connect with like minded individuals
*Time to relax, restore and prepare for the new year ahead.

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Rates:

SPECIAL RATE: (SOLD OUT!!!!)
FIRST 3 PEOPLE TO REGISTER $ 125 / person

Early Bird Rate $135 / person
(register and pay before November 15th, 2014)

After November 15th, $155 / person

Registration closes December 30th, 2014.
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Schedule
Friday January 2, 2015
6:30 pm Arrival. Meet & greet…+ light snack & dandelion tea!
7:15 pm Workshop: Why detox? and what to expect…
8:15 pm Meditation & Guided Relaxation (yoga nidra)
9:00 pm Home Sweet Home

Saturday January 3, 2015
7:00 am Elixir Drink (at home upon rising, optional)
8:00 am Arrival and Green Smoothie
8:30 am Meditation
9:00 am- Yoga for Detoxification (~90 minutes)
11:30 am Delicious Superfood Brunch

12:30 – 3:30 Free time to spend time in nature, book a massage, read a book, take a nap or a bath, snowshoe, etc.
3:30   Fresh Fruit and Veggie Juice

 

4 pm Nutrition Workshop: Tips for daily detox, proper digestion, importance of hydration, food combining, how to include more superfoods, etc.

 

5pm   Energy Practice (60 minutes)

 

6:30 pm Delicious Detox Dinner – a combination of cooked and raw plant based foods followed by digestive ginger tea.
8:00   Restorative Yoga and Closing Meditation

9:00   Home Sweet Home

The 4 bodies: Part 1: You are not your physical body

When you think of the word body, you probably first think of the physical body. And when we talk about taking caring of our body, again, we usually refer the physical body; the bones, muscles and flesh of which we are made.

The physical body is our vessel or temple for this lifetime, and many of use take steps to nourish it. We may do this through regular exercise or by choosing a natural and wholesome diet.

But what if you realized there is more to you than your physical body? …That you, as a Being, are not just your physical body. Nor are you your thoughts or emotions (but that’s another story that will come soon enough in the next 3 posts). What if becoming stronger, healthier, more energized, happier, calmer, etc, had nothing to do with the physical workout regime you do each day?

When illness arises in the physical body, it is usually a sign of an imbalance in our other 3 bodies. When something shows up in our physical body, we usually take action, ask questions and do something about it, whether that be going to the doctor, or choosing a natural alternative. But how often do we take time to “work out” our other bodies? By creating balance and building a strong foundation in the other 3 bodies, we will naturally feel strong and supported in our physical body.

The other 3 bodies include the mental, emotional and spiritual body.

There is more to us than just our physical body.  If we can learn from it, the physical body is an amazing  teacher and an obvious teaching that nothing is permanent and that everything is ever changing. When the physical body changes (ie: our body size or weight changes, we break a leg, get sick, etc), there is a part of us that doesn’t change, which always remains the same. It is not always easy to recognize this truth, but the more we increase our awareness and strengthen each of our 4 bodies, the more we are able to live our life holistically, with less of a focus on solely the physical body.

When is the last time you did a work out for your emotional, mental or spiritual body?

I have included a few tips below on how to to build or maintain a strong physical body. When it comes to holistic nutrition, our intention is to build a strong foundation in all 4 bodies, with the spiritual body being at the root or core. By acknowledging our spiritual body, we acknowledge and connect with our true essence and all universal energy.

Tips for strengthening the physical body

Follow a wholesome, natural food diet. Choose whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and quality protein. Eat locally and seasonally, get to know who grows your food and ask a lot of questions.

Eat more leafy greens and raw foods, focus on an alkalizing diet.

Stay hydrated. Drink at least 2 litres of purified water each day.

Move! Get outdoors! At least once a day, do some sort of movement, whether that be an exercise program, taking a walk or swim, dancing around your house or yoga.

Yoga asanas (poses) specific to strengthening the physical body include Goddess pose, warrior series, core strengtheners like boat and plank, and tree pose.

 

Boost Energy Naturally…Inside Scoop: notes from my workshop

A holistic approach to boosting energy naturally

 Attitude

Keep a positive attitude and perspective. The mind can only focus on one thought at a time.

Practice affirmations (fake it until you make it!) & Prayer

o I am fully energized and enjoying life

o I feel rested and fully awake

o My body and mind are rejuvenated

o Source, God, Spirit, Mother Earth, etc…. Give me the strength to get through today.

Asana

Savasana (10-20 minutes without moving)

Child’s pose (5 minutes of deep breathing)

Heart openers

Shoulder stand and inversions (headstand, legs up the wall, plough)

o Resets the nervous systems

o Creates a deep sense of relaxation

o One of the most restorative postures

o Calms the mind

o Heart higher than the mind

o Expansive breathing increases lung capacity and opens heart

o Focus on the heart center and feelings of compassion, kindness an unconditional love

o Promotes longevity

o Improves circulation

o Increases blood flow and oxygen to upper extremities

o Stimulates thyroid gland

Pranayama

Deep yogic breathing

o Increases oxygen to the brain which increases energy levels

o Expands lung capacity calms mind; brings focus and clarity

Alternate nostril breathing

o Balances the body and nervous system

o Calms the mind, lowers stress

Get moving! Exercise and expressive movement guided from within

Dance and sing more…be guided from within

Get 30 minutes of exercise each day, mix of cardio and strength training

Exercise outside for fresh air and sunshine vitamin D

Exercise (and dark chocolate!) release endorphins – a feel good mood transmitter

Food

Choose a whole food diet (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nut, seeds, healthy fats, quality protein)

Include more raw food into your diet.

Limit refined sugars, flours, processed foods,
etc

Limit stimulants like coffee and alcohol

Include feel good foods & Stay hydrated

o Drink 2 litres of water per day (1 litre upon rising/ in between meals)

o Increase fluids depending on activity level and climate

o Serotonin (calmness/relaxation) whole grain carbs, kiwis bananas, pineapple

o Dopamine/norepinephrine (energy/alertness): organic meat, wild fish, nuts, eggs, organic dairy

Superfoods, supplements & herbs

Maca

Ginseng

Ashwaganda

Raw cacao

Spirulina, kelp, chlorella, and all types of sea veggies (complete protein!)

Reishi mushrooms and chaga

Rhodiola

Sleep

Rest when you feel tired

Sleep 7-9 hours per night

Create a relaxing bed time routine and keep the lights dim to promote serotonin

Spend the first 30 minutes of your day outside to promote energy

o morning tea on the balcony, meditation, gentle walk, in the garden