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New Years Rituals

Sacred ceremony and rituals play a heavy role in my life and intention setting. It’s in my indigenous blood. I find such clarity and notice a huge shift my spiritual gifts and intuition heightens post-ceremony. Every year is different for me but what I keep as a constant are these rituals to bring in abundance, clarity, and a fresh start to my New Year. I’m so thrilled to share these New Year Rituals with you. 


*NOTE: I gather my ceremonial traditions and rituals from a handful of different teachers and elders I’ve worked with closely throughout my life. For me, I focus on my intentions and how I want to feel. I don’t follow any specific religion or traditional practices. Feel free to tweak these rituals to fit to your desired liking.



What Are Rituals?

Rituals are powered by intentions. When it comes to rituals, they are often done for a celebratory purpose. In indigenous and ancient traditions, rituals have been celebrated since the earliest recorded history of man-kind. Rituals involve the execution of deliberate actions – meaning, you best believe if you’re taking the time to set intentions and actions- get ready for big results! With the heightened energy of new beginnings in the beginning of the year, a New Years Rituals is perfect to add to your practice.

Ancient traditional rituals have been construed and twisted in many history books- creating fear and skepticism of the unknown.


Our cultural evolution and historical religious widespread crusades and conquests have greatly impacted the way many view rituals and sacred ceremonies. Ancient traditional rituals have been construed and twisted in many history books- creating fear and skepticism of the unknown. Pagan, Aztec, and Mayan Sacrificial Rituals are highlighted in books as barbaric and often times misunderstood. However, the general public knows very little of other rituals that were practiced in times of antiquity such as Norse rituals during Yule (which have been adopted in many of our Christmas traditions). 



New Years Rituals I’ve Adopted

I follow many ancient traditions, and actually consider October 31st, Samhain, to be more of my energetic and calendar New Year. However, I respect the high energy that is available to us on the end of our Georgian Calendar for New Years Eve and New Years Day. For me, I feel like it is a great time to recalibrate and re-align. In my sacred New Year ceremonies I like to first set intentions. I set intentions and claim the energy I wish to most resonate with- I don’t do resolutions. I also really enjoy spending time utilizing my hands and making vision boards for the year. Sometimes I do this on New Years Eve as I contemplate the upcoming year. There are several different herbs and crystals I utilize during my ritual as well and I’ll go into more detail later. 


When To Do Rituals

It’s important to first understand your intentions and be very clear. Depending on the day you perform your ritual highly depends on your intentions. If I’m doing any ritual on New Years Eve, I’m typically doing a “letting go” ritual or setting intentions on things I wish to leave behind. If there are toxic behaviors, people, situations, that seem to be the root of your obstacles, this is a great time full of big energy to perform those types of rituals. On the other hand, you can certainly do many of these rituals in the New Year, depending on the ritual and your intention. As an example, I like to cleanse a lot of my ceremonial tools and crystals for a fresh new start. I like to spend time with my tarot decks and cleanse the energies and thank my ancestors for their messages and blessings. I’ll go more in depth and share some of my favorite New Years rituals. 



Cleanse + Clear My Space

I do this on a weekly basis, however, on New Years Eve or a few days prior to that, I like to do an end of the year ritual. I spend a day cleaning my space (room, office, home environment etc.,). I set intentions the entire time I’m cleaning to clean away any negative residue that has been left over throughout the year, and my space is now clean and energetically clear. I like to take this time as a time for reflection as well. However, I think it’s very important to stay as present as possible during the cleaning process. I like to think sometimes, “What is the most intentionally way I can clean this room?” “How can I clean (add any special product or something you value) with the utmost respect and honor?”. I also like to put on some good music (depending on my mood it can be anything from Ella Fitzgerald to kirtan) and make sure all my windows are open. 

I set intentions the entire time I’m cleaning to clean away any negative residue that has been left over throughout the year, and my space is now clean and energetically clear.


I make 90% of my home cleaners, and I like to make specific blends for specific intention settings. For cleaning and clearing I like to use lavendar, lemon and sweet orange essential oils in my zero waste homemade cleaning products. Lavender oil contains antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Lavender is also known for its soothing and calming effects, so it makes perfect sense that it also helps ward off negative energies. Lemon oil also has a lot of great antibacterial properties that are great for cleaning, but has also been historically used as a psychic cleanser.


I understand, living in California this is very easy to perform but I’m also aware there is this thing called snow that other people around the world experience. If keeping your doors and windows aren’t an option, do your best to get some air flow through the house even if its small increments at a time. 

After my home is cleaned, I like to perform an overall energetic clearing. I typically use sage and I will go throughout every room starting at 12 oclock and going clockwise. I sage any doors or windows, I thank my ancestors for protecting my home, I thank my angels for guarding me with a roof over my head, I clear out any old and stagnant energy, and close with my last room being my bedroom.


The point of cleaning and clearing my space not only gives me a fresh new start, I’m also energetically opening up space for new things to come in. 


What You’ll Need


Best Time For Ritual

It’s best to do this on New Year’s Eve or a few days prior. 



Write Down New Years Intentions

The beginning of a New Year is the prime time to set your intentions and reflect on the previous year. Intentions are statements and declarations of what you desire and consciously intend to be, learn, do, have, feel or experience in a coming period of time, such as the coming New Year. A well-set intention is a statement of pure, clear, and decisive focus that kick starts the process of aligning to your desires. Intentions contain more commitment than desires. Intentions are less specific—less rigid and, thus, less likely to trigger unhealthy attachment to outcomes—than goals.


The difference between an intention and a goal are vastly different. Goals are focused on the future. They’re more about a destination or a specific achievement. Instead of setting resolutions or goals that can easily come and go, try setting intentions that will help you live as the best version of yourself. The act of setting intentions helps to focus your mind, prioritize what’s most important and start making transformations and practicing alchemy from within.


What You’ll Need


Best Time For Ritual

It’s best to do this ritual on New Years Eve.



Burning / Releasing Intentions

A burning ceremony is a transformative ritual that is done on Full Moons, New Moons, and sacred, holy days. Burning intentions are performed as a way to release the past and negativity. In many indigenous cultures, burning ceremonies and Grandfather fire symbolizes strength, power, wisdom, knowledge, passion, and purification. When I spend time reflecting on my intentions of what I want to bring into my reality for the upcoming year, I also reflect on the things I want to let go and release. I find a place of solitude and make sure I’m grounded when writing what I want to release. This can be written in bullet points, as a poem, a short story, however you feel most connected. The point is to be clear and intentional with what you wish to release. By burning away the past, you can free yourself from any regrets, sorrow, toxicity, or pain, and look forward to a better future. 


What You’ll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Lighter or Match
  • Safe Burning-friendly surface: Large metal/glass bowl or cauldron, a pan, a fireplace or fire pit, or stone clearing, etc.


Best Time For New Years Ritual

It’s best to do this ritual on New Years Eve, New Years Day or a few days after. 



Cleansing Crystals, Tarot Decks, Ceremonial Tools

I have written before about the importance of cleansing and clearing. It’s so important to cleanse your crystals on a regular basis as most crystals will absorb negative energy from their surroundings. There are several ways to cleanse your crystals, tarot decks and ceremonial tools. I prefer to smudge my tools with sage and palo santo. In ancient traditions, sage has been said to to clear ALL energy – the good and the bad. Palo Santo on the other hand is said to cleanse all negative and bring in the good energy. For this reason, I prefer to use Palo Santo during my New Years Rituals. In order to cleanse my tools, I set an intention and begin grounding techniques. Once I’m in a content state, I pass over my crystals, tarot deck, and tools with my palo santo, setting my clearing intentions. 


What You’ll Need

  • Palo Santo -or-
  • Sage
  • Lighter or Match
  • Your collection of crystals, tarot decks, ceremonial tools, etc., 


Best Time For Ritual

It’s best to do this ritual on New Years Day or a few days after. 


Practice Your Rituals with Intention

I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice your New Years rituals with pure intention. When we purge, release, let go – we do so for the better of our souls. We make room for more abundance and blessings to fill our life. When we ask to bring in love, opportunities, blessings, manifest abundance – we do so for our highest good and are open to receiving. When we don’t focus clearly on our desires and our intentions are cloudy- filled with resentment, judgement, or maybe we don’t fully believe in our own power that is within us – it makes it more difficult to fully receive what we’re asking for. May this new decade of 2020 be full of blessings, learning, abundance, growing, and may you know yourself on a deeper level. Aho.


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Happy Lunar New Year!!

Happy Lunar New Year to all my Light Workers out there!

What an epic New Moon with the coming of the year of the Fire Monkey. Look out for blazing new creative forces transformative power coming your way! With so much yang energy accumulating through the cosmos, it’s definitely a great time to fully embrace and honor your inner yin energy for both males and females.

This is a year all about burning old blockages, emotional, mental, and physical, and blaze through a journey of new beginnings. Last year was all about tying up loose ends, fully finding and seeing what does not serve you, and fully listening to your soul. Of course, this year will bring many soul-finding inspiration but what gets me so amped on this new Fire year is the illumination that is in front of us all. Coming out of two wood years, this quickly moving energy of the fire monkey may come as a welcome relief.  To make the most of it, let us remember to bank the fire so we can enjoy a steady source of energy and not erratic flare ups that swing wildly from extreme to extreme. It’s all about balance, and finding the balance between the Earth and Water elements help the fire energies going.

How to Find the Balance

  • Taking a walk in nature
  • Soaking in a tub with minerals or flowers
  • Eating foods that are cooling or grounding
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Practicing gentle movement arts like tai chi and yoga
  • Exploring your favorite meditative and grounding practice

Make this year a ground breaking one. <3

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Sexy Self-Love Superfood Smoothie

February is upon us and it’s one of my favorite months of the year. I used to be so over the superfluous valentines ads and decorations that in hindsight I realize I was so detached to loving myself it made me resent the marketing of this specific holiday, and much of whatever was around me. My big intentions over the past few years have been to go deeper into self-love and self-care and I feel it is the ultimate way for me to tap into my inner-goddess.

I made a smoothie this morning that woke me up and made feel energized to take on the day. I’m happy to say with a bigger work load than normal, this Sunday hasn’t been lazy and chill, but I’m fully energized and alert to get my projects finished.

Sexy Self-Love Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp superfood mix
  • 1 tsp honey
  • dash of pink himalayan salt

Directions

Blend all ingredients together and drink immediately.

After hosting a client at our house in Mexico for a week long cleanse and rejuvenation, I was introduced to Nutribullet’s Superfood blend. Typically I have all ingredients in hand separately, but I found it really nice to have a small compact zip tight bag to bring on hikes, throw in our bag for overnight trips, and to throw into smoothies and goddess bowls. Included in the blend is cocao, maca, goji, and chia. I’ve found when blended together with raspberries and strawberries it makes one of the most delicious flavor combos. It’s hard not to feel sexy after sipping on this delicious superfood smoothie.

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Currently Reading: Everyday Super Food

Jamie Oliver  is quite possibly one of the most incredible public figures we have in our generation when it comes to revolutionizing how we look at food. I grew up watching him and others on the Food Network channel and was always captivated by the bright colors of the fresh produce he used, and the rustic, delicious meals he would create. He, among many other chefs, inspired me at a young age to take charge of my health and at age 14 I bought my first cook book and life (and our kitchen) was never the same again.

The premise of his new book, Everyday Super Food is based around super food ingredients and a balanced lifestyle and diet. No brainer. What I love about this book is it’s a no dogma philosophy on how to view food. If you know me personally, you know how much of an advocate I am on superfoods and nutritional healing. It’s a journey I’m currently on and I’ve seen the amazing benefits for myself along with friends and family. Incorporating high vibrational foods is just something everyone should do to live a happier, healthier life. This book is SO needed and SO welcomed in the world of health, food, and wellness. 

Below is one of my favorite recipes in Jamie’s new book. Enjoy! To purchase your book via amazon, click here. 

Black Rice Pudding with Passion Fruit

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Ingredients

  • 200 g black rice
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon blanched hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 200 ml hazelnut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • manuka honey , optional
  • 4 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 2 wrinkly passion fruit

Instructions

Cook the black rice according to the packet instructions, overcooking it slightly so it’s plump and sticky, then drain and cool. Meanwhile, peel and destone the mango, blitz the flesh in a blender with the lime juice until smooth, and pour into a bowl. Separately, toast the hazelnuts and coconut in a dry frying pan until lightly golden, then bash up in a pestle and mortar.

Meanwhile, peel the bananas and tear into the blender, the blend with hazel nut milk, vanilla extract, and two-thirds of the black rice. Depending on the level of sweetness you like, you can also add a tbsp of honey. Once smooth, incorporate blended ingredients with the rest of the rice. Spoon over the blitzed mango, squeeze half a passion fruit over each one, then delicately spoon over the yoghurt and sprinkle with the hazelnuts and coconut.

TIPS

Hazelnut milk contains vitamin B12, helping us to think properly and stay alert, while hazelnuts are super-high in vitamin E, protecting our cells against damage.

All photos and recipes are provided by Jamie Oliver
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Going On A Retreat Changed My Life!

I think my story is fairly relatable. I was working a “job”, totally unfulfilled and overworked and under paid. I was fantastic at my job but it wasn’t my passion. I worked 80 hour weeks and lived for the weekend. I wasn’t aware of it but my lifestyle + amount of stress was weighing down on my soul and actually making me sick and overweight. I wasn’t psyched on life. I needed a freaking vacation.

I never thought I’d be one of those people to go on a “Self Improvement” workshop or retreat…

Not to say I had anything against them… I just didn’t even think I had the *time* to do something like that. In my head, it was more of a luxury than something I felt I *needed* to do. Let me tell you, this is probably a sign that you could benefit from a retreat.

It was midnight on some wednesday and I was just scrolling through whatever the search engine found for, “tropical retreats”. I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to do a yoga retreat, or a full on adventure retreat. All I knew was I wanted to get out of California and go somewhere I hadn’t been before. I found a retreat that was promoting authentic communication (radical honesty), self love, and exploring the island of Kauai. I used to live on the island of Oahu so Kauai felt close enough within proximity for me to gather my barrings. I asked for 2 weeks off of work ( I hadn’t had a vacation in 3 years) and left on October 27th, 2013 to Kauai. t went in with zero expectations. I’ll be honest, flying on a plane going somewhere where I knew no one was a bit daunting. I felt nervous, excited, and also wondering what I was gonna do my last 6 days on the island. I had no place lined up to stay and budgeted enough to eat for $20 a day…which is not a lot in Kauaii!

By the end of the 3rd day on the retreat I had a crazy a-ha moment.

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I realized I had been simply observing the majority of my life without fully experiencing it. I was doing what I thought I should do or what others wanted me to do. I was living up to so many people’s expectations and realized I wasn’t serving myself by working a job I wasn’t excited about with zero benefits and not such great pay. That morning I googled, “How to write a letter of resignation” and quit my job by 9am. It was radical, and probably not the smartest decision (I went on for a year in between sleeping on friends couches… living in my car, traveling, working for life coaches and having adventures but not a whole lot in the bank..) but it was the liberation I needed. I felt free.

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Now I’m not encouraging anyone to go on a trip to Bali, quit their job and then expect it to be fairy dust and unicorns for the rest of their life. Trust me. It’s a HARD journey. Living a life on your own terms is liberating and one of the best things you could do in this lifetime but it comes with many hardships. You look … no, you’re confronted with the shadow side you’ve been ignoring for years, maybe even decades. But I promise you, this is the peak of where you choose your destiny. This is the point in your life where things just happen to fall into place, without even knowing where the journey will take you. Doors that you didn’t even know existed start to appear and open for you. And honestly, that’s just the beginning.

I’d be lying if I said this blog was purely just for inspiration. Of COURSE I’d love to have you on one of our retreats or workshops, however, this is also for anyone who just needs a little nudge from the universe. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself the same story I told myself for years; too many obligations, not enough time, not enough money, whatever. But honestly, once you get real with yourself – it’s something you just can’t afford NOT to do. I’ve made some of the most authentic and genuine friendships on retreats, and I’ve continually been finding more and more about myself, my soul, and my wants and desires through experiences like these. To be honest, going on a retreat was the catalyst moment where my life changed for the better.
 

If this inspires you and you’re feeling like saying, “LET’S DO THIS”, check out the Retreats Page to see all upcoming Activated Living retreats and workshops.

 

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The Sunday Steep: Echinacea

One of my favorite rituals in the morning and early afternoon is to sit in silence, take note of what my body needs, and make some delicious and healing tea. For me, it’s just a small little way I pamper myself, and give myself some, “me” time. Today I was feeling like my body was asking for some Echinacea

If you’re new to Echinacea – listen to these crazy awesome benefits:

  • Powerful immune booster
  • Helps aid in colds + flu
  • Fights viral/ bacterial infections
  • Blood purifier
  • Helps with skin problems such as eczema
  • Helps with inflammation
  • Helps with UTI’s
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • Eases joint pians

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Here are some great sources to purchase high quality Echinacea

Rose Mountain Herbs

Amazon

Monterey Bay Spice Co.

For Further reading check these links out:

www.herbco.com/c-366-echinacea.aspx

www.draxe.com/echinaceabenefits/

www.wellnessmama.com/25999/echinacea-benefits-uses/

 

 

 

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How To Make a Clay Mask for Your Hair

To all my fellow misters and sistahs with thick, course, curly, kinky, mermaid hair… I feel you. Sometimes luxurious waves need a little extra care and over the counter products just aren’t your thing. If I’m putting something in my hair and on my scalp, I want to know exactly what’s in it. Que in my new, favorite, ultra luxe at-home treatment: Rhassoul Moroccan Clay.

Rhassoul Clay is a truly exquisite spa quality clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This mineral rich clay blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin smooth and effortless. This clay has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner, and the finest spas across the world currently utilize it for its therapeutic benefits. I first found out about this clay during a spa-date at the Ace Hotel in Palm SpringsI had an amazing revitalizing massage + facial and my esthetician raved about how great this clay was for hair like mine (big, thick, mermaid hair). I ordered some clay online and have tweaked my recipe over the past few years and thought I’d share. Making a rhassoul hair mask is quick, easy, and leaves you with ultra soft hair.

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Rhassoul Mask

Rhassoul clay can also be used for deep conditioning of the hair and skin. Feel free to adapt the following recipe to suit your unique hair needs.

  • 1/2 c. rhassoul clay
  • 1/2 c. warm coconut milk
  • 1/4 c. rose water or herbal water (make your own infusion by pouring 2 c. boiling water over 2 tbsp. herbs or flower petals. Allow to steep for 30 minutes and strain.)
  • 1/4 c. distilled water (double this amount if no herbal or rose water is used)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil,  jojoba oil, or extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients except oil. Once you have a paste, stir in the oil. You may add a tad of honey at this point for added conditioning treatment. Apply to hair and allow to sit with a warm, moist towel or plastic hair cap for 1 hour. Rinse and style as usual.

Below are some sources to get the highest grade of Rhassoul Clay:

Mountain Rose Herbs

Amazon

Henna Sooq

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The Sunday Steep: Chicken Broth

It’s really no secret how much I love a good cup of broth in the morning. My boyfriend Daniel and I have made it a ritual to make Tuesday evening stock (in the pueblo we live it’s 2 for the price of 1 chicken at our local carniceria). We make a huge batch that lasts us through out the whole week. Beyond being delicious and tasty – there are several major benefits of stock and bone broth.

The Benefits

  • Immunity Boosting Fat
  • Super Mineral Boost
  • Better Carrier for Garlic and Cayenne than Tea
  • Gelatin for Joint Health
  • Improves Bone Density
  • Aids Digestion
  • Delivers nourishing and healthy amounts of salt

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Chicken Stock Recipe

Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, halved
3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 chicken carcass plus any extra chicken scraps
3-4 quarts of water
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot (about 5-6 quarts) over medium-high heat.  Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown slightly, about 5-10 minutes.  Add the chicken carcass to the pot.  Add enough water to nearly fill the pot.  Stir in the peppercorns, salt and herbs.  Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a very low simmer and let simmer 4-5 hours.  Let cool slightly. Pour the stock through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher or bowl to remove the solids.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator.  A layer of fat will form on the surface, which can be skimmed off and discarded.  Transfer to storage containers and freeze until ready to use.

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WEEKEND GETAWAY!

It’s 2016 and this is the year of revitalizing and rejuvenating for me! From my emotional body, to how I choose to pamper myself, all the way down to my very cells. 2015 brought so many chapters – from creating a lifestyle brand to my boyfriend and I working out buns off to producing and hosting our first couple of  Sayulita fitness retreats in  Mexico.

Which brings me to my post: We’ve had so many inquiries about our last January and February retreats in Mexico that we decided to put together a last minute weekend getaway experience January 15-18th! If you’ve been telling yourself you want more adventure, more relaxation, more travel, and new experiences – I’d say check flights ASAP and get you bum down here to Mexico with us!

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On a budget?

No problem! Because this is so last minute, and we want to give you the ultimate value for your stay out in Sayulita, Mexico, we’ve worked it out to make this the most economical retreat we’ll be offering in terms of international tropical retreats. Be prepared for 3 days of pampering on all levels: mind, body, and soul.

PRICING 
Shared room: $1,111
Private room: $1,375

*Flights are NOT included in pricing

Your Retreat Package Includes:

  • Airport pickup & drop off at Puerto Vallarta International Airport
  •  2 nights stay at a beautiful casa in town
  • green smoothies and breakfast every morning
  • 2 group dinners, prepared by excellent local chefs
  • 3 inspiring morning and evening fitness and movement classes by personal trainer Daniel Spencer
  • 1 healing massage
  • 1 temezcal (traditional ancient healing sweat lodge led by our local medicine woman)
  • 1 jungle hike

Optional Excursions: Boat trips to the surf Punta Mita and San Pancho. Additional stand-up paddle board and surf lessons, Snorkeling, Sailing, Kayaking, Jungle Excursions, Zip lines, horseback riding or just plain relaxing and soaking up the beach.

Sayulita Beach

Ready to take the leap? Click here to leave your $300 non-refundable deposit and reserve your spot on this unforgettable experience!

Space is limited. These retreats fills up fast. As of today (1/2/15) there are only 4 spots available.

 

*PLEASE NOTE:  all are welcome! No matter what your physical fitness background, age, sexual orientation, diet – we welcome everyone. If you have an open heart and a sense of adventure, we’d love for you to join us on this retreat!

 

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Smoothie Recipe: Nopales + Moringa

It’s fairly common here in Mexico to be offered green juices or green smoothies out here. Instead of using kale or spinach, like I’m used to, nopales (cactus) is the base. Today to celebrate New Years Day in Sayulita, I made a batch of my favorite smoothie recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 huge handfuls of Nopales
  • 1/2 cup of Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 cups of  Guanabana Juice 
  • 1 cup mango
  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 2 tbsp moringa powder
  • 1 tbsp maca
  • 1 tbsp fresh aloe gel
  • 2 tsp MSM

Instructions:

In a blender, add nopales and orange juice and blend all together for desired consistency. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until incorporated. Serve immediately.

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The Sunday Steep

Sundays are perfect for cozy, lazy, days that should be filled with tea and delicious food. Every Sunday – I’ll be sharing with you what I’m sipping on, and share information on their specific healing properties. Today, I’m sipping on Guayusa, which are dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly which is a close botanical relative to Yerba Mate.

Why I love Guayusa

The benefits and healing properties of this tea is endless. Maybe I’m biased, being of indigenous origin from South America, but I pretty much believe anything native that comes from the rainforest, or any part of South America, will have tremendous benefits for your health and longevity. Here are a few benefits of Guayusa that has me excited:

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Aids in digestion
  • Supports weight loss
  • Increases mental clarity + alertness
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Packed with Polyphenols
  • Contains high minerals such as –  potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and chromium and vitamins D & C
  • Fifteen essential amino acids
  • Coffee replacement

Guayusa

Where do I get my Guayusa

In Mexico, I feel lucky to be able to go to my local market on Wednesdays and Sundays and find hundreds of ziplock baggies full of herbs that have been traded and imported all over from central and South America. When I’m back at home in California, I’ve found great company, Rose Mountain Herbs, that has amazing bulk herbs, tinctures, essential oils and much more. They have a great selection of Guayusa that is specifically shade-grown. This means that the leaves will have a smoother flavor. Shade grown guayusa is a bold dark green, while the sun grown leaves are much more pale and are lacking in flavor. If you’re interested in purchasing delicious, high quality Guayusa leaves, I’d recommend buying some here. Also- It’s a great investment for under $10. It doesn’t get any better than that.

 

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KELP is the new Kale

I’m calling it! I’ve personally seen too many amazing benefits and still can’t imagine why none of my yogi sistas and friends have jumped on the Kelp train. It’s ok- I’m ready to start a kelp revolution. Join me, won’t you?

Kelp has an abundance of nutrients and benefits. A short list include:

  • Excellent source of Calcium
  • Rich in vitamin A
  • Full of delicious minerals iodine, iron, potassium
  • Helps regular thyroid hormones
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves body Ph
  • Assists in weight loss/management

Wait a second… kelp is that slime stuff from the ocean….

Yup! And if you’re lucky enough to live next to an ocean with an abundant amount of safe, clean, kelp, rub it on your skin and tell me you don’t feel like a million dollars. Beyond using kelp for it’s beauty & health benefits, I personally feel it’s a natural resource that Mother Earth has given to us that is potentially an untapped resource. Major healing benefits along with longevity, detoxification and rejuvenation are some of the most vital components we as human beings need more of.

Ok that’s great and all.. but how do I consume it?

I’m a sucker for seaweed salad when I (used) to go out for sushi, but there are plenty more forms in which you can consume your kelp. Looking to revamp you Green Goddess Smoothie? Add some kelp (little by little until you get used to the flavor) to spruce things up. I also would recommend using kelp as an added ingredient to any salad dressing or to sprinkle onto a bowl full of zoodles. Here’s one of my favorite raw recipes I know you’ll enjoy!

Avocado + Kelp Soup

Kelp Soup

What I love about this is you can have this anytime. I call this recipe a soup because it’s thicker than a smoothie, however you sip on this at room temperature. It may sound a little weird at first, but trust me, it’s amazing.

Recipe

  • 1 Avocado
  • 4 stems of Bok Choy
  • 1.5 inch knob of Ginger
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/4 Green Bell pepper
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro
  • 2 tsp of Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cayenne (optional for heat)
  • 1-2 tsp Kelp Powder
  • Squeeze of lime

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Eat immediately. This can be stored in a fridge for up to an hour and a half before it looses it’s vitality and nutrient based power. Remember: Every blender is different so if you need to add a little more water that’s totally fine. What you want is a nice, thick, consistency. For an extra kick of flavor and nutrients I like to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top. Cheers!