Summer Retreat Goodies

Here are some highlights from our Summer Mini Retreat Series.

As always, thanks to Sarah Avant Stover for inspirations around our seasonal themes.

This was our last one in the series. Felt GOOD to spend some time EACH season honoring what will happen and paying attention to how things are in constant movement around us.

I Love leading this group and looking forward to being together AGAIN in the fall. Until then… ENJOY SUMMER.

Recipes

Avocado Mousse ( feel free to mix and adjust ingredients to your taste!)

2 avocados

1/2cup almond/coconut milk

3 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons dark chocolate powder/ baking chocloate

Farm Salad

cucumbers

olives

red onion

tomatoes

feta

* anything else you have chop it up!

* squeeze fresh lemon, add ” za’atar” spice, 1 tablespoon olive oil

* I like to add crushed up pita chips!

Mint Water

* few drops of therapeutic grade peppermint oil into water for awakening the senses and energizing the body and mind.

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Meditation from Erich Schiffmann. love this!

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Questions from The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover. Thank you for the inspiration. We love this book!

WALK BAREFOOT WHENEVER YOU CAN. ENJOY the sensations on your feet. See how it grounds you, brings you back to childhood.

WALK BAREFOOT WHENEVER YOU CAN. ENJOY the sensations on your feet. See how it grounds you, brings you back to childhood.

Get the kiddos involved in making yummy easy healthy snacks with you!  TRY something new.

Get the kiddos involved in making yummy easy healthy snacks with you!
TRY something new.

This is my summer simple pleasures and to do list!  It's fun to create your own list for the summer!

This is my summer simple pleasures and to do list!
It’s fun to create your own list for the summer!

shifting

there are times in our life when things change.

the past 4 days I have been deeply engaged in the most relevant and personal learning.

Coming out on the other side, I see myself evolved again. with a deeper understanding of who I am, what my mission in this life is, AND how I am going to do it.

It amazes me that I was chosen for this. A fully integrated life is beyond my wildest imagination of what beauty can bring. each moment, each breathe a gem- a gift- an “inspiration” ( to breathe into)

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time out

today i am moving slowly.
there are lists I am not doing.
it is 4 something& I am finally getting around to lunch.
this is a treat.
indulge.
do this for your soul- it will thank you.
happy summer.

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summer planner

here is the planner I am working on for my month long sabbatical from the yoga studio. I am anxious about all the down time so I created this to help me sort through it and give me some guidelines. xoxo

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summer breeze

our neighbors on both sides moved. its hard to look at the empty house next door that was full for so long.

I hold my breath in the morning to make sure baby Milo is breathing well and I am acutely aware that his 2nd bday is right around the corner. At which point I must stop referring to him as “baby”!

I am about to move to the beach for a month with the kids & not teach yoga& parent full time. I have mixed feelings that I am still untangling.

Our tv is mostly broken at home which has been a gift. so much silence. I have been reading & pausing & breathing and noticing.

now I have less time to rush. I go to my yoga mat, I lay there hold & breathe. I practice being kind to my body. I feel the subtle shifts.

I am half way done with a 14 day whole food cleanse. I love how it feels to put good things in my body all the time as a commitment to my health. a way to reset. I am sad at how hard I think it can be not to drink. I didn’t realize how big a role it plays in my life.

I feel like I am in a new place, a new territory. less distracted. less engaged with everyone all the time. more pause on facebook, on blog, on phone. more time in person. taking care of my body, my heart, my soul. approaching ” the afternoon” of my life perhaps?

tonight there is a supermoon, I just opened the door to the deck to feel the breeze and it went through me. it sent energy into my being. I could feel it deep in my soul. the humid breeze took my breath away, stopped me in my steps and filled me with love.

* want a thoughtful summer read?
I just finished “Madly Chasing Peace” and “Devoted” by Dani Shapiro.