Awaken & Restore: A Self Care Retreat for Women at Shanti Retreat

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Friday September 6th – Sunday September 8th, 2019

Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island

Self Care is Self Love. Join Lacey Budge for an inspiring and nourishing weekend retreat to savour the end of summer. Step out of your daily routine, and create space to fill your cup before diving into a busy fall schedule.

Retreat to an Island Getaway! Relax, rejuvenate and unwind at Shanti Retreat located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, the gateway to the Thousand Islands. To reach Shanti, board the Wolfe Island Ferry conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kingston. It’s a scenic 20 minute free car ferry ride to this island sanctuary.

Awaken & Restore the inner Goddess with a weekend of yoga (Flow, Hatha & Restorative), meditation, sacred movement to open the body and heart, self care practices, countryside walks, soul nourishing vegetarian cuisine, inspiring gatherings and an evening bonfire. Experience the special energy of the yurt during our daily practices and gatherings.

Choose from semi private, shared or tenting accommodation. You’ll feel at home in Shanti’s spacious century inn and waterside cabins. This beautiful property has stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm.

Your body and soul will be nourished with Shanti’s delicious and nutritious meals. With the utmost love and respect for animals and the earth, vegetarian meals are served. We strive to use locally grown Wolfe Island organic produce whenever possible. Shanti can accommodate a gluten free and vegan diet. See a sample menu!

Reconnect with the beauty, freedom and infinite joy that dwells within. Immerse yourself in Wolfe Island’s natural beauty with time outdoors swimming in the Brown’s Bay, sunbathing, walking the labyrinth, cycling, reading in a hammock, or simply sitting waterside with a journal and herbal tea. You may also choose to book a massage with Jack during the afternoon free time! 

Connect with nature, Self, and sisterhood. All scheduled activities are optional – it’s your retreat!  We will have a magical weekend together, and you will leave feeling reconnected, reawakened and restored.

Retreat Includes :

  • 2 nights accommodation in semi private, shared or tenting
  • All yoga classes, guided meditation, and sacred movement practices guided by Lacey
  • All yoga props. No need to bring your mat, unless you can’t leave home without it!
  • Nourishing afternoon self care practices
  • A magical evening gathering to awaken the Goddess within
  • Welcoming bonfire, drumming and sacred songs
  • 5 Delicious, locally inspired vegetarian meals served buffet style
  • Silent mornings to support relaxation and inner contemplation
  • Use of Shanti’s amenities: infrared sauna, labyrinth, walking routes, canoes & kayaks, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, and slack line
  • Ample time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a nap, connect with like minded women or book a massage

Retreat Schedule 

Friday
Arrival between 2:00 & 4:30 pm
5:00—6:30 pm Self Care  & Restorative Yoga
6:45 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Welcome Gathering & Bonfire (weather permitting)
with drumming & sacred songs    

Saturday
7:30—8:30 am Silent Self Serve Breakfast
8:30 am Silent Nature Walk
9:30 am Awakening Flow Yoga, Inspiring Movement
& Meditation
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm Free Time for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, reading in a hammock, taking a nap, enjoying the infrared sauna, connecting in sisterhood, or book a massage!

4:00 pm – 6pm Yoga & Nourishing Self Care Practices
6:30pm Dinner
8:00 – 10 pm Evening Gathering

Sunday
Silent Light Breakfast available upon rising
8:00 am Silent Nature Walk
9:00 am Yoga, Inspiring Movement & Closing Circle  
11:00 am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00 pm Check Out of Rooms. Enjoy the Property Until 2:00pm

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Rates

Shared Accommodation (3-4 women per room or cabin) $415  + hst

Semi Private Accommodation (2 share) $465 + hst

Shanti Tent (private) $390 + hst

Personal tent $365 + hst

Registration

To make a booking and reserve your space, please contact Shanti Retreat.

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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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Sage Purification at Farm of Life, Costa Rica

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

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

Download Retreat Welcome Package 

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!

…more information…

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

Chocolate, Meditation & Love Aphrodisiacs

Have you Heard of the “Bliss” Molecule? 

Chocolate, Meditation and Love Aphrodisiacs

An article by Lacey Budge written for The Adult Chair

It’s time to up your chocolate consumption. Say goodbye to milk chocolate and hello to pure raw chocolate in the form of superfood drinks {elixirs}, smoothies and sweet desserts {bliss balls}.

Anandamide, the bliss molecule, is found in raw cacao (a.k.a chocolate) and is pronounced as ca-cow not coco. This natural pleasure boosting compound is released when we are feeling good and induces the same euphoric feeling as a runner’s “high” – minus the sprints and squats!

If you are looking for a boost, (mood or libido!), consider adding this superfood to your diet. Cacao is high in the amino acid tryptophan, which is key for the production of dopamine and serotonin – a natural mood stabiliser.

It even releases natural endorphins and compounds like theobromine and phenylethylamine (PEA) which gives us the natural “high” we feel when we are in love.

Cacao, known as the Food of the Gods by the Aztecs, comes from a plant native to Costa Rica (where it was once used as local currency). It is the highest antioxidant food in the world, along with chaga, maca, acai and goji berries.

The nutritional profile for this favourite treat is extraordinary. It is the highest source of the mineral magnesium – important for heart health and extremely beneficial for women, especially during their moon cycle. The pure of chocolate is also very high in iron, potassium, calcium, B vitamins and copper; promotes longevity and even weight loss.

Choose cacao in its pure raw form (vs baking cocoa), as many of these health compounds can be damaged by heating and over processing. If you can’t get your hands on a ethically sourced 100% chocolate bar, I recommend raw cacao powder. Other options include cacao beans and nibs.

Are you already excited about bringing more chocolate back into your life? Now, consider combining it with certain foods to increase its aphrodisiac effects.

We begin with Maca, also known as Peruvian Ginseng. This superfood root veggie, grown in the high altitudes of the Andes, helps you adapt to stress and promotes long lasting energy…especially during love making!

Next, we do like the Mayans! In traditional Mayan “heart opening” cacao ceremonies, warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and cayenne have always been utilised. These spices don’t only warm up your digestion, but can spice up your love life too.

Fun fact: hot peppers open the blood vessels and allow you to absorb the benefits of the cacao and maca even more. Vanilla bean relaxes the body, which is important for all aspects of life, and is traditionally grown along side the cacao plant.

Start using this powder in your chocolate love potions, morning smoothies, kids hot chocolates and any dessert that calls for cocoa.

You can join Holistic Lacey for a heart opening cacao ceremony in Costa Rica, during her 9 Day Holistic Lifestyle Retreat, this April at Farm of Life.

One last thing… when it comes to aphrodisiacs, we cannot forget about the importance of meditation. This mindfulness practice quiets the mind and increases an overall sense of well being, relaxation and connectedness. When we become more present in our life, we become a more present lover. Through a regular meditation practice, we begin to feel content and whole in the present moment, and no longer look to our partner to “complete” us.

By Holistic Lacey | Nourishing body, mind and Spirit

Recipe : The Aphrodisiac Hot Chocolate

Serves 2 

2.5 cups Chai Tea, hot and brewed

4 heaping tbsp of raw cacao powder

1 heaping tbsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp maca

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup, raw honey or 3 Medjool dates

1/2 tsp vanilla extract or powder

a small piece of ginger root

a pinch of cayenne

2 tbsp hemp seeds

Blend until well combined and super deliciously frothy! If you like, top with  additional superfoods like cacao nibs, bee pollen, hemp seeds or goji berries,  Enjoy at your own risk. Warning: may induce a state of euphoria and bliss! 

For more chocolate recipes, try  her Raw Decadent Chocolate Truffles, Healthy Chocolate “Mylk,” Chaga-Cacao Superfood Tea, and an All in One Chocolate Tonic she created specifically for women to boost mood, increase immunity and balance hormones.

 

Lacey Budge, @HolisticLacey, is dedicated to guiding individuals to live a holistic life, and to rediscovering that which already lies within. Her dharma {life purpose} is service. She believes that the best way to truly serve and make a difference is to inspire, educate, and live by example. With her clients, she offers tools such as whole food nutrition, yoga, meditation, self inquiry and connection to nature to reunite them with their True Self. Lacey, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, works in Canada and internationally as a Retreat Centre Coordinator and Facilitator, Vegan Chef, Yoga and Ecstatic Dance Teacher, Public Speaker and is currently so inspired by bringing women together into sacred sisterhood through her Emergence program.

MEDITATION {and tea time!} FOR MOMS: A 4 week series with Lacey Budge ~ January 2017, Espanola

Join Lacey Budge for a 4 week meditation for moms series starting Wednesday January 4th, 2017, in Espanola.

You are important! Start off the New Year feeling grounded and clear. Schedule in one night a week (at least!) where you connect and share with like minded moms, sip on delicious tea and learn meditation tools to bring more stillness, awareness, peace and meaning to your life.

Each 75 minute gathering includes inspiring teachings, Q&A, group sharing, a guided meditation with breathwork and concentration practices…and of course, tea!

The weekly gatherings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. This meditation series is for anyone whether you are brand new to meditation or have a daily practice. Meditation is beneficial to all, not just moms or women, but this will be a great time to connect and make time for self care, whether your child is a newborn, 10 years old or 25!

 

Overview of Teachings 

Week 1: January 4th –  Silence vs Stillness. Finding inner peace amidst the noise and busy-ness.

Week 2: January 11th – Witnessing & Responding (vs reacting to emotions!)

Week 3: January 18th – Living in the Now & Meeting Your Child (and all Beings) in the Present Moment.

Week 4: January 25th – Who are you? Reconnecting with your True Self (beyond your role as a mother, caretaker, wife, career woman…)

Rate

Pre Registration: $50 for 4 weeks, per person

Drop in: $14 per session

Location: 287 Spanish River Drive, Espanola

To Register:

From Chaos to Stillness: 27 Hour Silent Meditation Retreat with Lacey Budge {Espanola}

Friday January 20th (6-9pm) & Saturday January 21st (9 am – 9 pm), 2017

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In an intimate group setting, experience the beauty, inner peace and pure joy of moving your awareness inward and getting to know who you truly are. This 27 hour silent retreat is a beautiful opportunity to simply “be,” to learn how to sit with your thoughts/emotions and observe what arises without identifying or reacting. An opportunity to investigate who you truly are beyond your name, role, physical appearance, job, successes, losses, likes, dislikes, opinions, perceptions, belief system, judgments, etc….Throughout this 2 day retreat, I will guide and invite you to connect with your True Essence, Highest Self and Presence.

Through gentle yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, concentration techniques, time in nature and teachings on the spiritual heart, non-duality and self inquiry inspired by Ramana Maharshi, Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, and Hridaya Yoga, you may begin to feel more connected to that space within you which is permanent, formless and unchanging. Learn how to become less identified with your always changing thoughts, emotions, identity and the constant chatter of the mind. Leave the retreat with a sense of renewal, a shift in perspective and variety of tools that you can integrate daily to better navigate your life. 

This retreat is designed for everyone, both men and women, whether you have never meditated or have a regular practice.

The retreat includes 2 simple, nourishing, homemade and organic meals to support your practice.

Please note this is an offsite retreat, and accommodation is not included. It is highly recommended to set up your schedule and surroundings for Friday night to best support your process and journey. During the 2 day retreat, it is recommended to give yourself a break from reading, writing, listening to music, technology, alcohol and engaging into conversation with others.

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Tentative Schedule
Friday, January 20th   | 6 pm -9 pm 
Arrival
Welcome and sharing circle
… Into silence…
Talk: Why meditation? Why silence? What is meditation of the spiritual heart?
Breathing techniques (pranayama)
Concentration techniques (dharana)
First guided seated meditation (dhyana) (20 minutes)

Saturday, January 21st  
Optional arrival from 7am -9 am. Please have breakfast before you arrive or you can bring it with you.
9 am – 12 pm
Arrival
Gentle movement and warming exercises
Guided Meditation (30 minutes)
Gentle yoga for relaxation, meditation and inner peace
Talk: Finding stillness amidst the chaos; stillness vs silence; Who am I?
Guided Meditation (40 minutes)
12 – 2:30 pm lunch and free time  to enjoy a silent walk in nature, or to sit with a cup of tea.
2:30
Talk: Becoming the witness of your experiences; ego vs the Self, Dissolving the illusion
Music meditation
Guided Seated Meditation (1 hour)
5:30 pm dinner
 6 – 9 pm Evening Session
Written Q & A
Group sharing
Closing meditation

Location: 287 Spanish river drive Espanola, based on number of participants

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Rates and registration 

$165 per person

** $150 when you sign up for the women’s one day wellness retreat on January 7th at the Anishnabe Spiritual Centre **
To reserve your place, please fill out the contact form below. Payment by e transfer is required to confirm your participation.

Here I go… Into silence and darkness… a 14 day meditation and dark room retreat in Guatemala…time to do “the work.”

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This is not the time to set goals or intentions, to travel and explore the outer beauty of this Earth, to connect with friends and loved ones,  or to come up with my next inspiring idea.

There is a time for all of that, but this is not it.

This is scheduled time to do absolutely nothing. To travel and explore the inner realm of my Being. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

To sit with myself, for 14 days…without any distraction. No words to be spoken, no facebook, instagram, netflix, emails to answers, friends to connect with, work to be done, meals to prepare, clothing and dishes to wash…

This is the time to surrender into the stillness of my True Nature. To stare out into nature (and in this case out at volcanos on a lake!). To witness the thoughts, emotions, irritations, joy that comes up and not react to it, to identify with it as mine, or do anything with it.  I will watch it all pass through me as a part of my experience and see them as a clouds passing by, and then come back to the blue sky. There is nothing to achieve. No experience to acquire. Nothing to add to my spiritual CV.

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This is a gift to my highest self. Although every moment is an opportunity to live as Presence or the Witness Consciousness of our human experience, going into retreat really gives you that opportunity to really surrender, be still and be ok with that… (if not you will go crazy!).

Just “being” for 14 days, trusting the process and inviting in whatever wants to arise for me with no where to run, no words to express my drama, no phone to grab…Just “hanging out” with my True Self.

For the past 4 years, I have participated in one silent meditation retreat per year ranging from 6 to ten days. The retreats have had a daily schedule, were done in a group setting and have been guided by teachers. This retreat will be solo, self guided, and therefor calling on an opportunity to cultivate self discipline to sit in meditation for 1, 2, 3 and 4 hours or more a day. I will also do some gentle yoga practices to move my body and take one hour a day to read on various spiritual teachings inspired by the Masters… did I mention i’ll be in a tree house!

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Why do I continue to do this? It is so important for me to challenge myself with this style of retreat to continue to connect with that eternal place in me that is Truth and Love. To continue to remove the layers of masks and societal conditioning that still remain which blind me from living freely and authentically. When teaching yoga and meditation, hosting wellness retreats and holding space in sacred women’s groups, etc, it is crucial that I remain grounded in the Self (vs the ego) and committed to my path.

I can only take people as far as I myself have gone. My true role and purpose is to inspire by living as an example. An example of the teachings and a way of living consciously from the heart.img_5581

This retreat will present a new layer…Kayakalpa, the dark room. I will finish my retreat with 5 days in complete darkness…back to the womb I go! Not only will I be silent, but my sense of sight will also have no distraction. This is going to be an intense time.. both of challenge, perhaps fear, but also of deep deep healing. I have no idea what to expect… I’m surrendering into the Mystery and Trusting Divine Will. I can’t explain to you why I want to do this, but ever since I heard about it 4 years ago, it resonated and I knew the opportunity would unfold in divine timing. Read more about the benefits of a dark room retreat.

Next week, I move into silence in this self guided silent meditation retreat at The Hermitage Retreat Centre nestled on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. I will begin on the full moon, and as the moons wanes (shrinks) back to newness and darkness, I shall do the same. Releasing anything that no longer serves me.

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My past experiences have all been so beautiful in their own way and continue to inspire me to “gift” myself this experience.

If you’re feeling inspired check out Pachamama Intentional Community in Costa Rica, Hridaya Yoga School in Mazunte Mexico and Shanti Retreat on Wolfe Island, Canada.