Women’s Wellness Retreat: Good Vibrations

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November 29th 9:30am-5pm

There is always a delightful sense of movement, vibration and life.” ~ Theodore Robinson

School schedules, work commitments, colder weather and shorter hours of daylight. It’s time to schedule a day for you.

Take a day away to rest, reset and renew before the holiday season arrives. Take a day to enjoy movement, vibration and life.


This Women’s Wellness Retreat has been relocated to the private studio in Tuscany, NW Calgary.

10437181_10154236863635331_164566274_nEnjoy a leisurely morning of yoga, guided by Emma Barry of Radiant Earth Yoga. No experience is necessary as Emma will guide novice and yogini alike into movement of body and breath.

A catered lunch will nourish us as.

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After lunch explore the powerful benefits of sound wellness as Sacred Chant Artist Tracy Gawley and Friends lead us in chant and song. Join in and feel how your voice is a tool for healing through sacred sound. Or lay on your mat and relax as you enjoy the power of mantra and vibration of the group.

Then take a break to complete a journaling exercise and savour a cup of tea before experiencing the balancing benefits of breath work. Learn simple breathing techniques used to reduce stress and fear response, increase well-being, creativity, improve sleep and restore the body/ mind connection.

 Balance             Nourish             Restore             Naturally

Register today!

$180 +gst per person




 

Includes retreat program, lunch, journal and tea.

 

Discover more about Why Sound Heals.


 

If you need to cancel, refunds are available less a $50 admin fee. No refunds after October 31st.
Check in between 9 and 9:15am. Retreat starts at 9:30am and completes by 5pm

Nourish yourself while you nourish those in your community.
** 10% of net proceeds donated to ‘NSTEP Calgary.
** All retreat attendees receive a code to plant a tree in the atONE virtual forest while the Carbon Farmer plants a real tree in their Alberta forests.

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Bounce, Cup & Loosen Up!

 

Enjoy this 10 minute practice daily.

Simple Solstice Sweet

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Gluten-free

Dairy-free

Raw

Super-simple

5-ingredient, no cook cookies.

 

~ 1 cup almond meal (or grind your own)

~ 1 tbsp honey

~ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

~ zest of 1 large orange

~ 2 tbsp juice of the orange

 

some additional options:

1/2 tsp camu camu berry powder

pinch of sea or himalayan salt

1 tbsp cacao powder

Goji berries or incan golden berries

 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixed.

Press into bite-sized balls or coins and refrigerate leftovers (if there are any :)

This recipe makes 12-15 bite-sized cookies.

 

Get creative and make cookie sandwiches with apricot or raspberry jam filling or a homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread!

Detox: Week 4

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“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”

~ Dr. Georgiana Donadio, founder of the National Institute of Whole Health

 

Yes! The final week.

If you’ve slowly slid off the wagon, now is the time to recommit.

Stay strong this week and get the most from your program.

 

If you’ve been faithful to the program, then this week will feel like a breeze.

Keep eating healthy, fresh, whole foods.

Keep the gluten, dairy and sugar at bay. No alcohol, coffee, strong teas or flavoured drinks.

 

We have 2 new practices to enjoy:

1. This week we drop the herbs.

For the remaining 7 days enjoy hot and warm water between meals. Keep the digestive agni strong by taking little water with meals, and allow any herbal ama to now leave the body by eliminating the herbal teas.

Before there was ayurveda, there was water. Water was medicine.

If you fancy a trip to the local spring, spring water gently heated on the stove is a wonderful way to flush the system and hydrate the body this week. Heat water in the morning, pour into a thermos and enjoy at work.

 

2. Dry brushing.

Dry brushing is an effective way to help the body’s largest organ, the skin, and tissues just beneath it release any remaining toxins. Dry brushing rids the skin of dead, dry cells and improves waste removal via the lymph nodes.

Your daily routine should now look something like this:

  • Start the bath.
  • Dry brush from feet to chest.

Use the same strokes as abhyanga massage (circular on the joints, straight upward strokes on the long bones). Be gentle with tender skin around breasts, belly, and chest/neck area.

  • Apply oil via abhyanga massage.
  • Add salt to the bath and step in.

Careful not to apply oils to the soles of feet until after bath. Enjoy a 15 -20 minute soak.

  • Towel dry and practice several minutes of alternate nostril breathing.

 

This entire practice should take between 30 and 40 minutes. A small amount of time to spend on self-care that provides a myriad of benefits.

The more you do this practice, the more you will enjoy the benefits.

Aim for daily this week.

Finish your detox strong, radiant, energized, balanced and calm.

The Mother of Sound: The Sound of Mother

Restoring balance, naturally.
Restoring balance, naturally.

Restoring balance, naturally.

The syllable Ma is used worldwide for Mother: Ma, Amma, Uma, Oma, Mama, Mother, Mater.

In Sanskrit, Ma means “to create.” Who has that power? The Mother.

~ gnosticteachings.org

 

The seed sound MA is a powerful mantra to use in your practice.

Chant MA with a long, slow, clear exhale: MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Inhale and repeat.

Close your eyes and feel the vibration of this seed sound in your body.

 

“This mantra is repeated over and over to connect with the essence of the universal mother.” ~ Spiritvoyage.com

Practice The Divine Shield Meditation  by Spirit Voyage and enjoy the vibration of MA.

 

 

 

A Present From The Past

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When my grandmother passed, I received many of her exquisite china tea cups and saucers. Patterns of tiny blossoms: orange, purple and blue. Gold leaf and red rose. I placed them in the special kitchen cabinet with the glass door so I could see them.

Nan E. we called her, my mom’s Mom, to distinguish from Nan O, my dad’s Mom. Blessed to still have Nan O. with us, Nan E. is dearly missed and beloved by our entire family.

The china I received of Nan E.’s joined the china cup and saucer given to me after another of my “grandmothers” passed on. I was sixteen years old when I did the math and realized I had more sets of grandparents than parents.

Joe and Anna Mae were grandparents to me and my sister. They had been surrogate parents to Mom when she was young and had moved away from home after marrying. We visited Joe and Anna Mae on occasion and I loved the tiny sandwiches Anna Mae served us with tea, and the enormous crabapple tree bursting with fruit in her yard.

I kept the china behind glass, not wanting anything to happen to the cherished effects of these two wonderful women who had brought much grace, love and nourishment to my life.

Then one day I remembered Nan E. talking about how she and Grandpa used to have company over for tea and toast and a visit. Friends gathering together. Tea and toast.

I loved the image in my mind of couples around the table, lots of laughter and the simplicity of tea and toast.

So one day I pulled the china from its showcase cabinet, washed it up and put it out on the table. It was spring and I was having an open house. I had picked up mini cupcakes. My aunt was stopping by, my mom’s sister. It was her birthday. It seemed the perfect day to bring out Nan E.’s china.

The girls were coming – clients, friends, neighbours and family – and we were going to carry on the tradition of friends gathering for tea, with proper cups.

The girls were there, and Anna Mae and Nan E. in their own way, honoured. Mothers and grandmothers, daughters and friends. Generations of conversation, laughter and love.

I bring the cups out more often now. The toast may have become cupcakes or fruit or chocolate, but the tea remains, as does the china. New memories from an old tradition. A present from the past.

 

Get out the china and gather the girls

Mothers in gold, Grandmothers in pearls

Share stories and memories, laughter and tea

Sip from the cups with raised pinky

Honour the old and celebrate the new

Pass along to the next generation when through

 

Small Practice, Big Impact

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Our economy is determining the trajectory of humanity;

when it should be our humanity that determines the trajectory of our economy.

It’s overwhelming to consider our impact on the planet. To know where to start and how to make a difference: or if one person can make a difference at all in this world of 7 billion people.

It’s overwhelming when we think about it. It can make your head hurt. Then I remember Van Jones speaking about how an authentic stand doesn’t come from your head but your heart.

“…And if you start thinking about it, you’ll sit down. But if you feel it you’ll stand up!”

“…it’s when you stand up you license other people to stand up. Now you standing up by yourself don’t make a dad-gum bit of difference in the rational world. You’re just one fool standing up. But if you’ve ever seen a standing ovation? It starts with one fool standing up. And then pretty soon the whole stadium is standing up. And it’s a different moment!”

We can make it a different moment. Every moment. In every choice we make.

I have to admit, I sat down for awhile. I fell back into numbing consumption of whatever suited my or my family’s purpose at the time. It was like I had a little nap in my chair. It just seemed easier. But I’m awake again and on my feet.

Grateful for the abundance in my home and my life, it has become a source of agitation: all this stuff. I no longer see the stuff but see its source, its impact on the planet, and its inevitable journey into the landfill. And I see a simple solution.

We make it simple by following one practice: asking what is the cause and effect of this purchase? We can slowly shape the economy one purchase at a time by considering this practice. By standing up.

Was nature impacted by its production? Toxic chemicals released into the environment? Loss of habitat? Or trees planted and sustainable resources used.

What people were impacted and how? Child labour or fair trade?

Where will it go once I’m done with it? Reuse, recycle, or landfill?

Most importantly: do I need it?

Someone once said that when you are in a store and ready to make a purchase on impulse, to go home, wait a day or two, and if you still want it go back for it. My version has become: when I want something I turn to yoga to determine if fulfillment of that desire can be found instead by meeting myself on my mat or in meditation. It usually can.

But when I am in need of something, I consider the cause and effect of the purchase and look for more sustainable or just options available.

Often it’s easier to simply not consider this practice at all. To be in the moment of desire, need, want, and fill that order, assuming everything will work itself out. But with the population moving towards 9 billion people in 2050 we no longer have that luxury.

And we no longer need it.

We know happiness does not stem from stuff. We know fulfillment happens in our relationships, in our outlets of creativity and communication, in our love and appreciation of nature and wildlife.

We know contentment comes from within and we know we can live simply and joyfully while moving from consumption to conservation.

Don’t think it’s over your head or it’s government’s responsibility to look after our resources and our economy. Get informed. There are many ways to do so. Understand humanity’s impact on the planet and the steps we need to take now in order to enjoy a future.

It’s time that we feel the most purposeful that we’ve ever felt: using our humanity to shape our world. It may begin in the small world of your home, but it ripples to the larger home we all share. Commit to sourcing sustainable solutions. Commit to the practice of karma, or cause and effect, and consider the impact of your purchasing power. It’s time to stand up.

 

It’s time we all stand up. Together.

 

From Injury to Opportunity: The Wisdom of Your Injuries

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Once again nursing an injury, I’m contemplating the nature of injury to alter our course in life.

It was my spinal injury years ago that moved me from my career as a personal trainer, into the wild and wonderful realm of complementary alternative medicine, plants, yoga, meditation, Reiki, and Qigong.

Needing the help of a chiropractor yesterday to gently encourage my ribs back into alignment, I had the pleasure of hearing the practitioner’s story of injury.

Prior to beginning his planned journey into pharmacy, he had experienced a compression fracture in his neck. Told surgery was his best option, he had decided to visit a chiropractor instead, hoping for a non-surgical solution. He found relief in his chosen method of care.

His injury, and the issues that came with it, altered his path from pharmacist to chiropractor; a chiropractor who is compassionate to the discomfort and struggle of his clients.

“Emergence through emergency,” Dr. Jean Houston calls it. Often these emergencies wake us up to a higher calling, a spiritual path, our life’s work, or simply a change in perspective or lifestyle.

Sometimes my injuries give me a gentle nudge when I’ve wandered off course. I had a deadline a few weeks ago to prepare my second book for submission to agents. There were revisions to attend to and a couple missing chapters. I committed to write every day until it was complete.

I was on track beautifully and then suddenly I was tugged away by my desire to do more yoga, work out, plan the upcoming detox program for my clients, write articles – everything but book 2. I returned home one Sunday morning after a nice long 2-hour weight and cardio session at the local Y, followed by a satisfying trip to the organic grocery store. I made it through weights, cardio, a little post-workout yoga stretch, and groceries no problem, only to collapse on my front step from back pain.

It had been a long time since back pain had put me on the ground. When I asked, “Why now?” The answer was immediate and obvious: I had a deadline. I stayed put the following week, writing and resting, and my back healed quicker than ever. Though still not complete on my chapters – hence the ribs – I am laser-focused now!

We often see our injuries as set-backs, they slow us down. We fail to see that is the gift: to slow down, consider other options, possibilities, directions, or simply rest and be still.

Pay attention to your injuries. Give them the care they require and see if perhaps there isn’t a course-change in your immediate future.

Rather than curse the injury and struggle against it, be open to what is happening and what is possible; be open to what comes. Chances are, something is about to shift in your life.

 

 

The Most Important Meal Of The Day

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Restoring balance naturally

 

Yogi Bhajan once said, “Some people ask me, “You are a Master, why do you do Sadhana?” I said, “To remain a Master!”

 

I experienced 2 injuries in the last few weeks. One left me in a heap on the floor and the other challenged each breath I took. I spent 3 minutes just trying to blow my nose this morning.

I was staggered at the events and my physical state with all my years of healthful practices: yoga, nutritious food and herbs, daily meditation. I had, however, neglected the healing practices that had helped me recover from a similar injury years ago. I’ve been in a great place for a long time and slowly let my practice go.

A client came to see me last week. I hadn’t see her in a while and she was not doing particularly well. I asked if she was doing any of her practices. She replied no.

We spend time finding and creating the practices that help us feel nourished and vibrant and whole, yet often when we get busy or feel good, we drop those very practices.

If something brings us such radiant well-being, why would we not make that the most central focus of each day. Why would we let those practices slip away until our state – mental, emotional, or physical – deteriorates enough for us to need to return to those practices?

The majority of female clients that I see share a common intention: self care. But we wait until we are struggling before we seek out methods of practice.

Don’t wait. Choose your form of self-care – whether it’s yoga, qigong, meditation, salt baths, aromatherapy, dance, singing, tea, the great outdoors, writing, painting, cooking, or self-massage – and make it your daily ritual.

Choose your practice. Make space for it. And allow it to nourish you everyday, as the most important meal of the day.