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Find Sisterhood at Costa Rica Women’s Retreat 2023

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”– Zen Shin

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How beautiful are these flower images taken at @farm_of_lifein Costa Rica!?!
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One of the main reasons I’ve continued to host retreats here since 2016 is because of the absolute and exquisite natural beauty of this place. This land used to be cow pasture when purchased, and it’s now transformed into a sanctuary and true garden of Eden! 
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I cannot put it into words, but just by stepping foot on this land and being in awe of all nature’s beauty, you CHANGE AND TRANSFORM. 
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It sounds too easy I know, but simply witnessing beauty with presence shifts something within our inner tapestry. 
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When you combine the beauty and stillness of the land + being surrounded by incredible women in scared sisterhood, the transformation deepens!
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Like the flower, you will not compete with other women in your blossoming. We will not compare ourself to another’s journey. We will not gossip, or judge or uphold jealousy or insecurity. 
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During the upcoming WOMEN’S WISDOM RETREATS, we will REMEMBER together how to honour each woman, including ourselves, in her beauty and perfection. 

We will
ELEVATE 
CELEBRATE 
HONOUR 
LISTEN 
SUPPORT 
RESPECT 
HEAL 
DANCE 
CRY
PRAY 
SEE EACH OTHER AS GODDESS
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For too long, we have been stuck in a cycle of competition and comparison with other women, even our own friends! 
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Most women I work with have never experienced being with other women in this way, and once you experience the beauty of it, there is no going back! It actually becomes impossible to sit in a conversation with gossip and drama! 
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If you’re feeling ready to shift your relationship with nature, yourself, your partner and the women in your life… 

I INVITE YOU TO JOURNEY TO COSTA RICA FOR ONE OF MY UPCOMING 8 DAY RETREATS! 
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January 25th-February 1st (registration closes the 18th)
or 
March 4th-11 2023 
Awakening Inner Wisdom retreat with ayahuasca ceremony.
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Learn More Here
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Are you ready to bloom? 
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8 Day Women’s Retreat + Plant Medicine Costa Rica 2023

Retreat to Costa Rica in 2023!

Welcome Sister,

I am so glad you found your way here, and I know it is no coincidence. It is in fact a most perfect alignment and a reflection of your commitment. Your unique presence and gifts are an intricate part of our circle. Thank you for being here.

I am so excited to share with you that there are two opportunities in 2023 to choose from to join me in Costa Rica for my 6th and 7th annual women’s retreat at Farm of Life.

It is an absolute honor to be sharing these retreats with you, year after year. The vision for this year’s retreats is VERY special to me and it exists because you are ready; we are ready.

We are in times of great transformation and the spirit of the land at Farm of Life is calling us forth, along with our soul’s own readiness and commitment, to REMEMBER together.

It is time.

In overflowing gratitude,
Lace
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Join us for the 6th annual
8 Day Women’s Wisdom & Ancestral Arts Retreat

Women’s Wisdom & Ancestral Arts Retreat
January 25th – February 1st 2023
Farm of Life
Diamante Valley, Costa Rica

We welcome you to take your seat in a circle of women who are remembering the ways of our feminine wisdom & sacred traditions.  

For 8 unforgettable days, you will be immersed in nature, sisterhood and a safe container for sacred transformation, all while experiencing the beauty and magic of Farm of Life and Costa Rica.

The retreat is an intimate group size and open to 13 women who are devoted to their Self discovery.

Book a complimentary 20 minutes discovery call to see if this retreat is for you!
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Offer yourself this peaceful time, and precious gift to step away from your day to day routine, and come home to yourSelf in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Recharge as you connect to the elements of our Mother Earth:
revitalize your strength & vitality as you walk barefoot on the earth ;
renew and purify in nearby crystaline waterfalls;
dance and play in radiant ocean waves;
bask in and receive the sun’s healing glow;
hydrate and refresh from living springs & fresh coconuts;
nourish & cleanse with high vibrational foods from the land;
breathe deeply & fill your lungs with clean fresh mountain air.

Retreat Highlights

Natural Accommodations with breathtaking jungle & ocean views
Daily yoga, movement & meditation
Sunset beach trip & Waterfall experiences
Ecstatic Dance & Cacao Ceremony with Indigenous Bri Bri Cacao
Hands on pottery workshop
Elemental Song Circle around the campfire
8 Days of Transformative Guidance by Lacey
3 Nourishing meals prepared for you daily (with exceptions for ceremony)
Private Waterfall Blue Clay Spa Experiences
Inspiring Women’s Wisdom Circles
Breathwork & Crystal bowl sound bath Journey

When we gather in sisterhood, we remember together with each woman as a sacred reflection and witness. Our ancient soul and feminine self is calling us home to nature; calling us home to sisterhood. The time is now to connect more deeply with the earth, the elements, and her plants as they carry the wisdom needed to move forward in these times. 

We are remembering that we can heal ourselves with the feminine wisdom and traditions that live within us and are ready to be reawakened.

We are remembering the simple beauty and power of singing songs around the campfire, being awed by the stars, feeling the healing force of the shining sun, bathing in her cleansing crystalline waters and breathing in her fresh air. 

Our ancestors are knocking on the doors of our hearts, and we are answering the call. Our life truly is the answered prayers of our great great grandmothers. We are here to carry forth the healing in our lineage, as we heal ourself. 

Retreat Flow

Each morning after greeting the sunrise, we gather in the open air yoga shala to share in a movement and meditation practice as you take in the vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the serenity of the surrounding jungle. Lacey will guide you through a variety of styles of yoga, dance, and meditation inspired by the daily theme which has been carefully curated to offer you an intentional and transformative experience.

After a deliciously fresh breakfast, we will hike to an epic nearby waterfall or gather in sisterhood circle to explore and remember the ancestral ways of our feminine wisdom. Together we will remember what it means to be a woman of the earth who is deeply rooted in her center and deeply connected to nature.

We will remember the wisdom of our great grandmothers and bring back the traditions and practices that support us as women and mothers throughout the many initiations in our life. We will reawaken our inner maiden, mother, matriarch and crone wisdom so we can be of service to ourself, our family and the world. We will reawaken our inner medicine woman and connect with the wisdom of our womb as we honor ourselves as cyclical beings.

A healthy lunch is enjoyed on campus, at the waterfall or the beach. The afternoon allows space to rest, read in a hammock, enjoy the all natural pool, or treat yourself to a massage. Grounding dinners are served after witnessing the mezmerizing sunsets.

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The retreat also includes three very special ceremonies and a variety of ancestral arts workshops.

Experience a heart opening cacao (raw chocolate) ceremony with music, song, dance, and ritual guided by Lacey. The cacao is sourced locally from the local Indigenous Bribri people and is truly a gift for your body, mind, heart, womb and spirit. The intention of this ceremony is to release, cleanse, heal, reawaken, rejoice and expand your self love.

The second ceremony, will be a sunset beach ceremony.

We will connect with the great mother ocean and share in a special womb healing journey that has been passed down to me by my teacher Monika Nataraj, and her teacher, Marcela Lobos. This ceremony, originating from the Shamans from the Peruvian Andes and Amazon Jungle, is an initiation given by lineage of women who freed themselves from suffering and they want us to remember that we did not come to suffer, but to be powerful creatresses.

The third ceremony will be a powerful group breath work and crystal bowl sound journey where you will be held in safe space to relax, release, purify, tune into your higher wisdom and receive insights and guidance, all through the power of breath and sound. Connect to body, mind, heart and spirit.

Throughout the entire retreat we will be connecting with nature, the elements and the wisdom of our ancestors. One special workshop will be a hands on pottery experience where you will be able to create your own power piece that you can take home with you.

Other practices include drumming, elemental song circle, fire building, barefoot jungle hike, making a herbal wand, womb dance and so much more!

The retreat offers ample time and support for deep rest, relaxation and integration. One of the annual retreat highlights is the private waterfall all natural spa day with healing Costa Rican blue clay full body treatments and fresh aloe vera hair masks.

Take this time for you and dedicate this retreat to your holistic well being and remembrance of Self. Recharge physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Immerse yourself in the healing jungles and waters of Costa Rica and fill your cup.

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Our Sanctuary: Farm of Life

Farm of Life, nestled in the middle of the jungle at the top of a mountain, makes it the ideal location for our retreat. This gem is located in the Southwest coastal region of Costa Rica near Dominical Beach. 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 mesmerizing dance of the butterflies, dragonflies & hummingbirds.

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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. 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.

Take an Aerial tour of the Farm of Life

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Accommodation Styles:
Deluxe Cabin – Coconut & Monkey suite

two queen beds, exquisite ensuite bathroom with outdoor shower, view of the entire valley, large balcony with rocking chairs and hammock. Offered as semi private (2 share accommodation)

Cabins in the Orchard – Ceiba & Ylang Ylang

two twin beds or 1 king, ensuite bathroom with outdoor shower, fruit orchard view, balcony with hammock & rocking chairs. Offered as private or semi private 2 share

Jungle View Cabins : Toucan & Macaw

two twin beds, ensuite indoor bathroom, epic jungle view, balcony with hammock and rocking chair. Offered as semi private (2 share).

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Meet your Inspiring Guide!

Lacey lives a passionate, vibrant, natural and holistic life in the jungles of Costa Rica. She loves to nourish and nurture, and lives a devotional life of service as birth & postpartum doula, sacred ceremonialist, plant based chef, holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and women’s womb guide.

Her embodied presence is inspired from over 10 years of seeking – inwardly within her own Being and traveling around the world to sit at the feet of masters – truth, wisdom, and harmony with the natural world. She has humbly come to recognize that nature is her greatest teacher and provides her with everything.

Lacey puts ALL of herself into every offering she shares and is beyond grateful to share the wisdom and practices that have been passed down to her from many incredible teachers.

“Lacey is a living example of being in connection with spirit, service and the divine feminine.
~ Jody Calvi, Farm of Life Owner

8 Day Retreat Includes

7 Nights/8 days Accommodation at the Farm of Life.  
with semi private (2 share) or private cabin (limited).
All cabins include a balcony with an epic view, hammock, ensuite bathroom, linens, towels, and fibre optic internet.  
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Daily Morning Meditation, Yoga & Movement
The practice is for all levels and combines Lacey’s years of experience as a teacher and student of yoga and feminine arts. She has learned a variety of styles and approaches from various teachers, and during retreats utilizes yoga, movement and meditation as a tool for inner transformation. All props provided!

Delicious Organic Vegetarian Gluten Free Meals
served in the open air dining hall, 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!) ansoul nourishing home cooked meals to support your journey. Yes, coffee is available at breakfast, served with fresh coconut milk.

Sample Menu
Breakfast
Tropical Green Smoothie
Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding topped with hemp seeds & cacao
Fresh Fruit Salad & Boiled eggs.

Lunch
Rainbow Kale Wraps with Tahini Dressing
Chickpea Hummus & homemade crackers
Garden Salad with honey mustard dressing

Dinner
Fragrant Basmati Rice & Lentil Dhal served with Apricot Chutney
Roasted Ginger Turmeric Cauliflower
Sesame Garlic Sautéed Garden Greens

Fresh coconut water and medicinal herbal tea available throughout the day

Women’s Wisdom Circles & Ceremonies including a cacao ecstatic dance ceremony, sunset beach ceremony, and a breathwork + sound journey.
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Ancestral Arts workshops in including pottery, fire building, sun gazing, barefoot hiking, and herbal wand making
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3 Waterfall Adventures & 3 Beach Trips
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Spa Day with healing Costa Rican Vida Blue Clay & garden fresh aloe vera
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Farm of Life Medicinal Prana Tour

Campfire & Song Circle
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Sungazing Instruction with Farm of Life Co-Creator, Brian.
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Healthy Fibre Optic Wifi to stay connected to loved ones.
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Group Shuttle Transfer to/from San Jose Airport Hotel
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Mid-Week Laundry Service

Book a complimentary 20 minute discovery call to see if this retreat is for you!
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+ Bonus +

Group Preparation Call before the retreat
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Group Integration Call after the retreat with Lacey
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Private Group Chat for connecting with sisters and sharing resources
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Welcome Letter with full details (ie: current travel policies, what to bring, how to prepare, airport hotel listings, retreat schedule, etc.)

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Not Included

Airfare to San Jose International Airport (San Juan Maria)

Accommodation in San Jose the night before the retreat (January 24th 2023).

PLEASE NOTE: The retreat beings at 8 am on January 25th in San Jose. All guests are required to arrive  in San Jose at least one day prior. The hotel meeting point in San Jose will be shared upon registration. The retreat ends on February 1st at 10 am in Dominical, then a complimentary shuttle will transport you to the San Jose airport or hotel. All flights must be booked after 5pm or consider spending the night in San Jose and flying out the next day.

Beach Lunch on ceremony day

Massage Therapy or Breathwork with Sound Healing ($90)

Staff Gratuities

Sister Praise from past Women’s Retreats

Memories from Past Retreats

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2022 Costa Rica Women’s Retreat: 8 days of Self Discovery, Yoga, Dance, Sister Circles, Ceremony, Womb Wisdom, Self Care, Nature, Hikes, Waterfalls, Beach Trips, Nourishing Plant Based Meals, Rest & Rejuvenation!

Retreat to Costa Rica for the Awaken & Restore Annual Women’s Retreat with Lacey Budge

February 26th – March 5th 2022
at The Farm of Life in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica

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New Moon in Cancer ~ July 9 2021

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Namaste and New Moon Love

This month’s new moon lands on Friday July 9th at 9:17 pm EST. A reminder that the energies of the new moon can be felt days before and after the exact date of the new moon.

The new moon is a beginning of a 28 day cycle and a supportive time for you to pause, slow down, reflect and listen.

This new moon is in the zodiac of cancer and connected to the water element.

The sign of cancer can be an invitation to reflect upon the theme of homenurturing, nourishment and our connection to Mother Earth. 

What comes to mind when you reflect upon the word, home? The physical home you are living in; the land you are living on; your body temple and sacred vessel;  Mother Earth; a soul family; or the felt sense of belonging and feeling “at home”  within yourself?

Journal Questions to connect with the theme of home, nurturing, nourishing, mothering, connecting:
How do I nurture my home?
How do I nourish myself?
How do I mother myself and others?
How do I compassionately care for the earth?
Do I feel at ease in my home, in my body?


The mother, the feminine, is the dark. 
She is the nutrient rich soil below us,
the cosmic night sky above us,
the fertile womb of creation within us.
We all come from and grow in the dark.

With the new moon in the watery sign of cancer, this is also a beautiful time to connect with, tune into and witness the inner emotional waters and tides. Are the emotions flowing, stagnant, powerful, peaceful, effortless, graceful, forcing, allowing?

What is your inner emotional landscape revealing to you at this time of the new moon?


Goddess Embodiment Practice

Stand with your bare feet on the earth.
Feel your feet rooted below you. Drop your tail bone to the earth, bend the knees gently.
Stand centered and balanced.
Soften your belly, and muscles of the jaw
Breathe into your feet.
Breathe the energy of the earth up into your feet.

Breathe the energy of the earth up into your feet, your legs, yoni and womb.
Feel the energy of the earth spiraling all the way up to your heart and throat. 
Repeat this with 7 deep breaths, absorbing the energy into your entire being.

On the 8th breath, open your mouth with a relaxed jaw and allow the sound of the earth to sing through you. Set aside any judgements of your own voice and allow the sounds of the earth to be released up and out your mouth like a soaring eagle. Repeat for as long as feels good.

When you feel complete, bring your hands to your lower belly and take 3 breaths to integrate and settle the energy.

What song is the earth singing through you?

Practice inspired by Aliya Galim @earthtempleweaver

With Lunar Love,
Lacey 

Gather in sisterhood in Costa Rica ~ February 2021

“We’ll walk the paths where the old ones walked And we’ll dance the dances they taught us and we’ll sing the songs the old ones sang for the magic now has caught us” 🎵 woman of the earth by spiral dance

Have you experienced the magic of the ancient ways? Of connecting with the elements and spirits of the land? Have you sat in circle with your sisters and sang the songs that have been recorded into each of our cells? Have you been witnessed by your sisters in your dance of wildness, liberation and ecstasy?

A “new” way of being together in sisterhood requires a remembrance of the ways we have been before. A devotional, mindful way of living in harmony and connection with the earth and her elements as sacred vessels and bridges between heaven and earth.

Inviting you to experience nature and reconnect to her magic… To reconnect to the magic that lives within you and the power of women gathering. We ARE gathering at the Farm of Life in Costa Rica for 8 magical days of Remembrance, Reclamation & Celebration.

February 17th – 24th 2021
Awaken & Restore: Women’s Self Care & Self Discovery Retreat

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A simple lesson: fully living in the present moment.. You’ll Never guess what happened! BY LACEY BUDGE

This morning I woke up and decided to go for a walk and take in the beautiful sunshine as well as get some exercise. I’m spending a few days in Toronto, in the annex, and thought id go do some exploring. It was not an area I spent so much time in back when I lived in the city for University.
My intention was to walk to Queen’s Park to be in a green space.

Well instead of taking the linear route of Bloor street, I was guided from within. I just listened to my intuition to see which street was calling me. I had no fear of getting lost so I allowed myself to wander and be curious.

Now here I was, enjoying the beauty of the U of T campus, amidst everything in bloom. The green trees and flowers all coming to life proved that spring is in full swing down south.

  I was no longer thinking of  the park and became fascinated with the cobbstletone pathways, breath taking architecture, secret passage ways, silent courtyards (where I felt such history and powerful meditative energy), and of course the majestic castles. I was in wonderment every step I took, excited to see what came next. I left the hustle and bustle of city life and went back in time.

… I eventually arrived at Queens Park.

Now for the teaching that I received so clearly during this morning jaunt. It’s great to have goals in life (in this case: mission queens park), but let’s not get so focused on those goals that we miss everything that happens in between or don’t allow ourselves to wander from our original plan. When I decided not to take the most direct and quickest path, (and the one I knew best) I allowed space for intuition, adventure and curiosity. My body didn’t feel inspired to walk down those busy streets and guided me through a more natural, quiet path where I was struck by beauty (which is a really great way to get present to what is). If I were so focused on my goal, I would have never enjoyed everything that I experienced around me on the university campus.

And to be honest once I got to queens park, I didn’t feel as close to nature as I thought (or as I did just before). 

Again another lesson… Sometimes we get so focused on our goal and have such an expectation for the outcome that we get brutally disappointed if it’s not what we imagined (on top of missing everything happening in life during those days/months/years of single tunnel vision). 

And yet again, another lesson came to me. I was feeling so inspired from my walk, the teachings and really wanting to be creative and write about it. But no! I’m on a power walk, for exercise, I can’t sit on a park bench and write! Oh yes I can, and I did. Many of us think we’re not artistic or creative, but at the same time, do we ever take time or create space to do that? Morning, for me is such a time of creativity, especially when sitting in a park and listening to the birds, watching people cycling by, feeling the sun on my face. So I sat, and let the words come to me.

  

OK! So no joke I was about to write a final concluding sentence when this happens…and I’m not lying. So sitting on a park bench, writing in my notes on IPhone and a monk, dressed in a grey robe, walks up to me. He passes me a lovely card, places a beautiful red beaded bracelet on my wrist, shakes my hand and gives me a blessing. He then shows me a picture of a temple or monastery in Kathmandu and passes me a book where I can write my name and the value of my donation. Luckily I grabbed some change with the intention of buying a juice on the way home. He spoke no English, only smiled and brought his hands in prayer pose to his heart center, and that was enough. He shook my hand once more and was on his way. 

Now, if I didn’t take time to pause and write, I would have never received this beautiful gift of his presence (or bracelet made with consciousness, love and kindness). The card said “work smoothly, lifetime peace” which was a beautiful reminder for me again, to be present. There is no need to work so hard, such long hours every day so that one day we can enjoy retirement and be happy and “stress free”. Instead, I choose to work smoothly and reap the benefits of a lifetime of peace:)

  

Life is so brilliantly arranged! I got so much more out of this “power walk” then I could have imagined. It became more of an emPOWERment walk. (Love it!) It was another great reminder that we are so much more than our physical body. Yes, it’s important to take care of our temple, but let’s also nourish mind (by taking time to feel the stillness and beauty that surrounds us) and spirit (taking time to feel connected to ourself, those around us and Source!)

Today’s practice: go out for a walk, let the universe guide you, and see what happens!