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.

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Emergence: A Weekend Retreat for Women

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Saturday April 29th (8 am)- Sunday April 30th ( 3 pm)

Anishnabe Spiritual Center, Espanola  

Calling all women! Honour yourself with the gift of transformation, exploration, sisterhood, healing and ecstatic joy. 

The intention of this 2 day retreat is to bring together and unite conscious women who are ready and willing to step into their fullest potential and truest version of themselves.  Throughout the weekend, you will be safely guided and invited to slowly open up; to shed the layers, masks, judgements and limiting beliefs that veil you from recognising and remembering who you truly are.

Throughout this journey, we will dive deeper into awakening our authentic self through the practice of yoga, heart opening breath work, kundalini meditation, sacred dance {with ceremonial chocolate!}, connecting with nature, time in silence, sharing in sisterhood and the exploration of sacred relationships.

I am very excited to share with you a practice that has completely changed my way of living as a natural, awakened women: Feminine Life Design and Moon Mapping. Learn to approach your life from a completely different perspective which honours your feminine rhythms, cycles, emotions, and energy levels. The workshop will explain how living life in accordance with the cycles of the moon will give you a better understanding on how to “plan” your life: when to best start new projects, to schedule in important meetings or trips, to be out in the world of “doing,”  versus when it’s time to rest, rejuvenate, go within, dream and simply “be.”Tune into your body’s innate intelligence and the way the moon lives through you so you can harness your energy and use it creatively, emotionally, sexually and spiritually.

Ignite your feminine essence and sensuality with a Saturday night “Red Tent” celebration which will awaken your senses, invite you to be fully seen, and celebrate the courageous woman you are! The evening will end with a relaxing, hot oil self massage.

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Sacred Temple Dance, Annual Women’s Retreat at Shanti Retreat

The retreat menu theme is one of Spring Cleansing to best support your body, mind and sprit during this time of release and rejuvenation. I will be working closely with our chef to create a delicious, nourishing and balanced menu focussing on natural plant based whole foods and superfoods.You will enjoy a variety of green smoothies, superfood salads, cleansing soups, and much more!  The menu is free of dairy, gluten, processed sugars, refined oils and flours, animal products, and will all be homemade.

What’s included?

  • More than 12 hours of authentic teachings, practices and workshops including yoga, kundalini meditation, Feminine Life Design and Moon Mapping, a night of awakening the senses, outdoor movement practice, ayurvedic massage and so much more!
  • A raw chocolate buffet with Ecstatic Dance Journey

 

  • Your choice of accommodation for 1 night (semi private room, shared group room, offsite). See more about accommodation here.
  • All meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, superfood snacks, herbal teas and infused water.

 

  • Sacred space to open, connect and share. Let’s awaken the Sacred Divine Feminine!
  • Free time to enjoy nature’s stillness and to simply be
  • 60 minute massage with Jack (optional/extra)  

Tentative Schedule

Saturday April 29th, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 am Arrival, check in & breakfast

9:15 – 12:15 am Morning Session including opening circle and altar creation, creative yoga class, heart opening breath work, kundalini meditation…

12:30 pm Fresh Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 pm Afternoon free time in sacred silence to be in nature, receive a massage (space is limited), read, rest, colour, go for a walk, meditate, etc.

4:15 – 6:15 pm Raw Chocolate Buffet and Ecstatic Dance

6:30 pm Grounding Dinner

8:00  pm Red Tent Celebration with awakening the senses, sacred Egyptian temple dance, partner exercises, Abyangha – relaxing hot oil self massage.

11 pm Rest and sacred silence until breakfast

Sunday, April 30th 

Morning tea, hydration and fruit is available upon rising.

7:30 – 9:00 am Outdoor nature walk and natural movement practice

9:00 –  10:00 am Revitalising Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Feminine Life Design and Moon Mapping

12:00 – 1 pm Closing Circle

1:00 pm Lunch Delicious Lunch

2:30 pm Departure

Accommodation styles

Semi Private Room. This style of accommodation will provide you with a more personal and comfortable overnight experience. The simple cozy rooms accommodate 2 women and comes with 2 single beds, including linens and pillows, as well as a sink and desk.  Toilets and showers are shared and located nearby in the hall.

Group Sharing. This style of accommodation was inspired from an idea from our winter retreat. Bring your own pillows, sleeping bag and mattress/foam and enjoy a sleep over experience in the fireplace room. This includes use of shared bathroom with toilets, sinks and showers.

Off site. This style of accommodation is for women who prefer to stay at home Saturday night. Arrival on Sunday is at 7 am, tea time:)

Rates

PRE REGISTRATION Rates for Emergence Retreat  (available until March 29th, 2017)

Semi Private Room $285   |   Group sharing $260  |  Off site $ 240

REGISTRATION Rates for Emergence Retreat  (after March 29th, 2017)

Semi Private Room $300   |   Group sharing $275  |  Off site $ 255

To confirm your space and register, please:

1. Fill out the Registration Form below.

2. Send an e transfer to lacey.budge@gmail.com in the full retreat amount based on your chosen style of accommodation. (Thank you so much in advance for understanding as this greatly reduces the administration time of accepting many e-transfers, especially while I have limited Internet access when traveling.)

In the case that full payment is unavailable at this time, a minimum of 50% payment is due. Both payments are required before March 10th in order to receive the early bird discount.  

Cancellation Policy 

In the case of a cancellation, your spot can be filled by another retreat participant by your consent. In the case that your spot cannot be filled, 50% of your payment will be reimbursed. No refund is available for cancellation within one week of the retreat

Cooking Class: Raw, Vegan & Superfood Desserts @The Hermitage {San Pablo, Lake Atitlan}

Join Registered Holistic Culinary Nutritionist Lacey Budge for a 3 hour cooking class featuring raw, vegan & superfood desserts, followed by a vegetarian lunch!


Friday December 9th, 2017

10 am – 2 pm, includes lunch

The Hermitage Retreat Centre, San Pablo, Lake Atitlan Guatemala


Create delicious, easy and all natural- nutrient dense desserts that will awaken and satisfy your senses! During the class, Holistic Lacey will also share her favourite superfoods and how you can include more of them into your diet.

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Learn how to prepare (and get to enjoy!) a variety of desserts including MACA-roons, Raw Hemp Seed Halvah, Chocolate-Spirulina Pudding and more  during this 3 hour interactive cooking class hosted by The Hermitage in San Pablo, Lake Atitlan. Leave with the confidence, tips and recipes you need to go home and prepare it for your friends and family.
After the class, enjoy a hearty vegetarian lunch looking out at the lake from the beautiful gardens of The Hermitage.
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The Hermitage is an off-grid Retreat Centre, set on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala, that supports and maintains permaculture gardens and sustainable living solutions.

Price: 250Q including lunch and cooking class
To reserve your space, please email lacey.budge@gmail.com or reply to the Facebook event on the Hermitage’s Facebook page.

Women’s One Day Wellness Retreat with Lacey Budge: A day of self care, chakra yoga & teachings on women’s health and well-being  

 

 

 

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Saturday January 7th, 2017

9 am – 9pm

Anishnabe Spiritual Centre  1091 Anderson Lake Road| Espanola, Ontario| P5E 1T1

Retreat Overview 

Dedicate this day to YOU! … To your well-being…to softening into inner peace…to awakening your passion… to connecting with your True Essence, nature and like minded women… and to your birthright, as a women, to take time for you, without any need of an explanation! I dedicate this day to you… I honour you and appreciate you. You are worthy. My wish for all women is that we aspire to connect with our Highest Self and the wisdom that lies within.

Throughout the one day retreat, you will experience a variety of self care practices rooted in the ancient traditions of yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, qi-gong and taoism. After the retreat, you will feel inspired and have the outer knowledge to create your own daily routine to bring more stillness, balance and self love into your life. Together we will practice chakra and Hatha yoga, meditation, self- inquiry, traditional energy movement practices for women, journaling, massage, self-care rituals, group sharing, time in nature, and simply being in each other’s presence.

Your body, mind and soul with be nourished with seasonal vegetarian cuisine including warming winter soups, stews, root veggies and clean comfort food. The menu will be gluten free and dairy free and I will be working closely with the chef, Andrea Noon, to create our menu. Herbal tea will be available throughout the day. An afternoon nutrition workshop will shed light on the topic of superfoods, herbs and diets for women.

Schedule

9 am Arrival, Check In & Women’s Superfood Tonic. A special tea blend prepared with herbs specific for women’s health blended with cacao, maca, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil.

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9:45 – 12:15 pm Opening Circle and Morning Gathering includes group sharing, chakra yoga, meditation, and self reflection journaling

12:30 – 1:30 pm Nourishing Lunch

2 -4 pm Afternoon Free Time for relaxing, walking outdoors, reading, napping, access bars session with Amanda from ACT wellness, snow shoeing, journalling, colouring, etc. During the afternoon break, I invite you to dive deeper within and connect with your Self through the practice of mauna, sacred silence.

 

4pm Superfood Snack 

4: 15 – 6:15 pm Afternoon Gathering includes conscious energy movement practice for women, and a variety of ancient self care practices rooted in yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, qi-gong, taoism and the path of the Goddess. Experience the practice of Abyangha – a relaxing hot oil massage…it will change your life! The afternoon gathering will also include a talk on optimal nutrition for women where we will discuss the use of different herbs, superfoods and diets.

6:30 pm Nourishing Dinner 

7:30 pm Evening Gathering and Closing circle includes yoga for relaxation, yoga nidra, heart meditation and group sharing.

9 pm Home Sweet Home 

Rates:

$150 for first seven participants to register – – – SOLD OUT – – –

$165 until December 30th, 2016

$175 from January 1st, 2017

Want to extend your retreat experience?  Contact the spiritual centre to reserve a room for Friday and/or Saturday night. $45/night

To register:

To register, please fill out the form below to ensure availability. To reserve your space, please send full payment by e-transfer to lacey.budge@gmail.com. In the case of a cancellation, you may offer your space to another woman, however refunds are unavailable.

 

Goin’ Seasonal Week 1: Ravishing Radishes

Last year, I had the honour of being a part of the Dare 2 Dream Sandy Loam Produce first ever Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program in Espanola, Ontario. On a weekly basis, CSA members as well as those of you signed up for the Holistic Lacey newsletter received a flyer filled with delicious recipes, tips and nutritional facts. I have decided to share this deliciousness to inspire, educate and encourage everyone to enjoy eating locally and seasonally, and to feel the difference for yourself.

Week 1: Ravishing Radishes (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE AND NUTRITION INFO)

Recipe: Rosemary Roasted Radishes with Greek Yogurt Dip

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Nutritional Tip:  Radishes are an important detoxifier, especially for blood, kidneys and bladder, due their diuretic properties. They also aid in digestion by eliminating toxins, relieving constipation and calming the digestive system.

 

Low carb- high fat- moderate protein shake

The Keto Beginning is inspiring me to get creative with shakes! This is my first shake without fruit (other than some random water and protein powder combos). Before the keto beginning I could never imagine a shake without a banana let alone berries or pineapple. This high fat approach was the perfect the after work-out boost and refuel I needed. My body is loving working toward being keto adapted. It tastes like cookies and cream for some strange reason even though there was no cacao. Here are the all star ingredients. 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 scoop vega sport performance vanilla 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 tbsp natural peanut butter 1 tbsp chia seeds Water Enjoy!

I’m going shampoo free

In the summer, it seems I wash my hair much less because I’m swimming in the lake everyday and it doesn’t seem to get dirty.

Before jumping in the shower this morning, I started to think of ways to keep my hair clean, naturally and homemade.

For the last 2 years, I have been using all natural Jason products and I love them- toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, but I thought it would be amazing if I could stop spending my money on hair and body products. (I’ll share my new homemade facewash, body scrub and hydrating lotion soon!)

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I read a few blogs and thought I’d give it a try!

Shampoo: 1/2 cup baking soda mixed with 1 cup hot water (I made it in the shower with a mason jar). It of course doesn’t lather, so if you are used to the bubbles with regular chemical shampoos, it may seem strange. Make sure to rinse it out well. Clean your scalp and all your hair.

Conditioner: I filled a large spray bottle with vinegar and water (half and half). I know some people use apple cider vinegar but one blog I read said that it made her hair really heavy, so I followed her suggestion and used white vinegar. I’ll try raw apple cider next time.

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Once my hair air dried, I was shocked and beyond excited at how soft it was and couldn’t stop running my fingers through it. It’s also so shiny!

Apparently there may be a “greasy” transition phase so I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Anyone else up for the challenge? Comment below!

Cheers to living simply and naturally.