Our All-Day Women’s Retreat Was a Roaring Success!

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As many of you know, on Saturday, October 10th I lead an all-day retreat for women in beautiful Temescal Canyon. I am so happy to say that the retreat was a roaring success! I am so grateful to all of the women who joined us and I will forever cherish the many memories that we made together. I am planning another retreat for spring 2016, so I hope that you will join us!

I kept the retreat intimate so that the women would be able to bond and truly take time to enjoy themselves. As promised, we spent the day relaxing, doing yoga, creating vision boards, eating delicious/healthy food, meditating, I gave a health workshop, we received massages from Takahashi Chiropractic, we learned to create time to help ourselves recharge, we discussed breathing techniques for staying calm, and so much more.

I shared some of my favorite books with the women so that they could browse through them and order them if they wanted to; there was a mix of cookbooks, memoirs, plays, and more!

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IMG_1361Special bonding time for Elaine and her girls!

IMG_1360Mother-daughter bonding time!

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IMG_1358Best friends and their daughters!

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IMG_1342Mother-daughter-in-law bonding time 🙂

IMG_1307Time to create vision boards!

IMG_1302Vision boards are a great way to set some time aside to figure out what you want in life and how you can make it happen – and then you select images and words that are in line with your vision and you put them together on a board. Keep the board somewhere you can see every day and set an intention for how you will reach each of your goals. In time, your life will be exactly the way you envisioned it, because you are taking conscious steps each day to live the life that you know in your heart is meant for you.

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IMG_1350Me and Ileana with her vision board 🙂

IMG_1349Me and Virginia with her vision board.

IMG_1347Notice how she has the word, “no” on her board. We talked about the importance of saying “no” to others so that we can make time for ourselves, instead of saying “yes” to everyone’s else’s wants and needs, but “no” to our own.

IMG_1344Scarlett with her vision board.

IMG_1355Look at all of these vision boards!

 

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IMG_1329It was definitely hot, but Temescal Canyon is so beautiful!

 

IMG_1330We were able to spend time in the gazebo!

IMG_1338Thank you to Ashley for all of your help during the retreat – you are amazing!

IMG_1333Me and Scarlett in the gazebo.

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IMG_1311Thank you to Jennifer from Takahashi Chiropractic for providing all of the ladies with amazing chair massages! They were so happy :).

IMG_1312Here is Virginia getting her chair massage.

IMG_1268We enjoyed delicious, fresh fruit throughout the retreat. It was so hot, so fruit was the perfect snack!

IMG_1331These wraps were so delicious that my mouth is watering just looking at them – yum!

IMG_1339This beet salad was so simple and incredibly delicious.

IMG_1365Everyone loved lunch! Everything was vegan, organic, delicious, and healthy. Thank you Pretty, Healthy Foods for catering such a yummy lunch – you’re the best! Now that Pretty, Healthy Foods is in LA, if you have an event that you’d like to have catered, or you want an amazing chef to prepare your meals for the week, you must get in touch with them – they’re the best!

IMG_1378Thank you to this beautiful woman for being my friend and supporting all of my dreams. I am truly grateful to have you in my life, Kelsey!

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IMG_1375You can’t have too many pictures with one of your best friends 🙂

IMG_1382I will always be grateful for you J! Thank you for being a wonderful friend – and for being a part of our retreat. All of the women loved having you lead us in our yoga practice and teach us more about sage. Thank you!

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IMG_1393We ended the day with yoga and a sage burning ceremony.

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MassageCertificateEach of the women attending the retreat received a $29 certificate for an hour long massage and a FREE initial consultation with a chiropractor at Takahashi Chiropractic – and Ashely won a FREE massage in the raffle – wow!

EpsomSaltwithWildOrangeAs part of saying “thank you” to each of the women for joining us on the retreat, I filled jars with Epsom salt and infused them with Wild Orange essential oils. Epsom salt is a great way to get magnesium in your body; most people are magnesium deficient, so it’s often necessary to supplement this essential mineral, which helps keep us calm, relaxed, and helps fight anxiety, depression, and stress. Wild Orange contains antioxidants and is calming and energizing. By smelling the Epsom salt infused with Wild Orange, the women will be refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. They may also opt to take a bath and add some Epsom salt or fill a bowl with water and soak their feet in water and Epsom salt.

ZatikRoseHipSerumZatik’s entire line of products is absolutely amazing! They use yummy, organic ingredients that are wonderful for your skin. This Rosehip Black Seed Organic Oil Serum is perfect for hydrating your skin. Each of the women received one of these in her gift bag; as winter approaches, this will be exactly what everyone needs for warding off dry skin. Thank you, Zatik!

IMG_1266Thank you to all of the women who made this retreat possible. This was truly a magical day and I hope to see you all again next year!

Your Healthy Happy Getaway: An All Day Retreat for Women On the Go

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Imagine if you could spend a day learning how to create the lifestyle that you’ve always wanted, so that you can enjoy the health and happiness that you deserve.

On this all-women’s retreat, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.

If you feel stressed out, exhausted, overwhelmed, and are struggling to find the time and energy to keep up with your busy life – you’re not alone. And, it’s not your fault. We all have so many commitments and obligations; it’s easy to see why we often neglect our wants and needs. But on this retreat we will learn how to manage stress, decompress, love ourselves, and prioritize our mental/physical/emotional/spiritual well-being.

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We’ll have the day to do yoga, meditate, create vision boards, write positive affirmations, eat delicious plant-based food, listen to a nutrition workshop, and more. We’ll create an intention for the way we want to live our lives and we’ll learn how to carve out the time and space we need to live our dreams. We’ll finally be able to tend to ourselves, instead of constantly putting everyone else first.

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If you want to:

  • Relax, Recharge, Refresh
  • Be in the company of amazing women
  • De-stress and decompress
  • Do yoga and meditate
  • Receive a FREE mini massage from Takahashi Chiropractic while you are attending the retreat
  • Attend a workshop filled with information on how to be healthy, happy, and at peace with your body
  • Create a vision board that will make your dreams a reality
  • Be surrounded by nature in all its beauty
  • Eat delicious food catered by Pretty, Healthy Foods

Then this retreat is for you!

In order to ensure your continued health and happiness you will leave with:

  • A free one hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A bundle of beautiful sage
  • A massage certificate for $29 from Takahashi Chiropractic
  • A free initial consultation with Brandon Takahashi at Takahashi Chiropractic
  • Organic, natural skin care from Zatik
  • Your new vision board
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • Energy to fulfill your purpose in life

Join us on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) in beautiful Temescal Canyon for the relaxing getaway you’ve earned. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below, which includes a reserved parking spot for the day!




Don’t need a parking spot – want to park on the street instead? Click below.




Your relaxing retreat awaits. I am excited to see you soon! Namaste.

 

 

 

Start Exercising Now!

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When we’re stressed out, anxious, or depressed, I know it’s tempting to curl up into a ball, watch movies, and stay in bed. While these actions may seem like a good idea, the answer to feeling better is actually to get up and move. Exercise plays an important role in our health. When we exercise, we release endorphins, which are the chemicals that create a positive feeling in our bodies. We all have an exercise routine we love, whether it’s running, hiking, biking, walking, swimming, doing housework, practicing yoga, dancing, doing pilates, or something else, we have to stay active. By doing so, we will not only be physically fit, but we will also increase the “feel good” hormones in our body, which can assist in dealing with depression, reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and more.

What I love about exercise is that it really has so many positive benefits for us. In addition to making us feel happier and more relaxed, exercise is also important for keeping our hearts healthy and strong; staying active also strengthens our muscles and bones, lowers blood pressure, and exercises such as yoga help keep us flexible.

I know that the weather is colder, the days are shorter, and it probably seems like a good idea to just stay put, but trust me, you’ll feel so much better if you dedicate part of your day to getting up and moving. Even if you only have 10 minutes to go for a walk or a quick run, do it! Promise yourself that you will create a plan to stay active. If you’re exercising in the morning, it’s important to warm up first; don’t overexert yourself, especially not first thing in the morning, as this can be a shock to your system. Instead, wake up, have some water, tea, breakfast, and after you digest you can stretch and go for a walk – how great does that sound? Add your exercise routine to your calendar. Join a group exercise program and make new friends who support your healthy lifestyle and encourage you to do great things for yourself. Share your new workout plan with others so that at least one person will hold you accountable. See if you have a friend or family member who will work out with you. Whatever your next plan of action will be, I want you to not only look great, but to feel amazing as well. If you have a medical condition or an injury and cannot exercise at this moment, please try other stress reduction methods such as meditation, massage therapy, and/or hypnotherapy. If you can exercise, then get up and move! If you’re not sure whether or not you can exercise, or what the best exercise is for you, make sure you see a physician who can help you make a safe, healthy decision.

A Health Coach is a great resource to have when you’re starting a new exercise plan, want to heal yourself, and need someone who will listen to you and support you consistently. Join me for a free one hour consultation where we’ll create a health program that is perfect for you. Explore my programs and get a sense of which one of these you’d like to try first. Here’s to your health!