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Mini Retreats

A Fresh Perspective – How to Get Unstuck

Shift your thinking to experience life from a fresh perspective!

Shift your thinking to experience life from a fresh perspective!

I fasted for a few days last spring. It was an amazing experience of slowing down and becoming more sensitive. While I wasn’t eating food, I felt nourished in so many ways by the smells and sights of spring all around: the fine scent of the cherry blossom, the beauty of the fresh green leaves emerging everywhere. I was experiencing life from a fresh perspective. When I broke my fast with an apple, the taste was indescribably wonderful, juicy, sweet and tart. It felt as if I was eating an apple for the very first time in my life.

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Making Friends with Your Craving

Next time you feel a craving, focus on feeling the craving rather than the object of your craving such as chocolate.

Next time you feel a craving, focus on feeling the craving rather than the object of your craving such as chocolate.

I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. I love the way it melts in my mouth, I love its sweet and bitter taste. There is just nothing quite like it.

Unfortunately I have become more and more sensitive to the caffeine contained in chocolate. It gives me the jitters, and when I have it too late in the afternoon, it prevents me from sleeping well at night.

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Energy Booster

How to find your natural energy booster?

How to find your natural energy booster?

Have you ever noticed that you feel more engaged and alive in certain places than in others?

A beautiful forest, a rushing river or a calm lake all bring me to my inner place of aliveness. They are natural energy boosters for me. I feel connected, calm and at home when I am in nature. One could assume that nature is the place where all people feel most alive and at home, however this is far from the truth.

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Purrfect Stress-Relief

Receiving a relaxing massage is one of my favourite treats and a lovely stress-relief. I had the pleasure of treating myself for a couple of relaxing massages over the holiday season. A friend had recommended a massage therapist to me, Sandra, who works out of a massage therapy clinic in Victoria. I had seen her a couple of times throughout the year and always enjoyed her deeply relaxing massages. When I told her that I wanted to treat myself to massages over the holiday season, she told me that she practices part-time out of her home and was open on some days during the holiday season. As it turned out she lives a few blocks away from my home. I was excited about the prospect of walking to and from my massage treatments and looking forward to receiving my special holiday massages.

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A Garden of Mini-Retreat Flowers

stress relief with Mini-RetreatsEarlier this month I had the great joy to facilitate the first Mini-Retreat Home Party. On a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon five girlfriends gathered in the beautiful home of the gracious hostess to learn about the power of Mini-Retreats. In an atmosphere of trust and lightness we shared three relaxing, creative, empowering hours.

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Anniversary Fundraiser for The Power of Hope

It’s been two years since I moved to Victoria.  I am very grateful to live in such a beautiful, friendly, relaxed city! I am especially grateful for the sense of community I feel in this city and the communities I have become an active part of, namely The Gettin’ Higher Choir and  Qi-Gong community.

stress-relief with Mini-RetreatsIt’s been three years since I published the award-winning book, The Mini-Retreat Solution. With over 80 ways to relax quickly,  my book helps reduce stress, increase productivity and develop peace of mind, no matter where you are and how busy your life . I am filled with pride and joy when I think about the positive difference The Mini-Retreat Solution is making in so many people’s lives!

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Three Easy Ways to Take Your Daily Vitamin R

stress-relief with vitamin RRelaxation is such an essential ingredient for our health and well-being that I like to refer to it as vitamin R. Our body, mind and spirit need rest and relaxation every day to absorb all the other nutrients, release toxins and help our body and mind let go of stress. We need vitamin R to digest everything we learn and achieve throughout the day.

When we forget to relax in the midst of our busy day, our health and well-being suffer. However, in the fast-pace world we live in, it is easy to forget. Here are three ways for you to remember to take your vitamin R daily:

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Enjoy the Soundscape – A Mini-Retreat for Your Ears

stress-relief by tuning into the soundscape around youWhen I find myself in a noisy place, I like to listen to all the sounds around me, trying to identify how many sounds there are and where they are coming from. Closing my eyes helps me tune into the soundscape.

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New Stress Relief Offering: Mini-Retreat Home Parties

Recently I offered a Mini-Retreat course at Oaklands Community Centre. Two days prior to the workshop, I received an e-mail from Oaklands, asking whether I wanted to go ahead with the workshop despite the low number of registered participants. Only three people had registered for the course. Usually my minimum is six people. The logical next step would have been to cancel the course.

I am not sure why, but somehow I knew I needed to be there and provide the course. Saturday afternoon at Oaklands, four women showed up, all very eager and excited to participate. Two of them were girlfriends who had registered two months prior and had been looking forward to this course ever since. Both were dealing with extremely stressful life situations and were looking forward to learning stress relief techniques .

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Stress-Relief: Urban Oasis Tea Tasting

On my way back from the Grand Canyon, I had a few hours overlay in Seattle. I was tired from my travel through the night and early morning and was looking for a place to relax and recharge. On my walk towards the downtown ferry terminal, I stumbled upon a beautiful Chinese tea store.

I walked in and was immediately surrounded by a pleasant, calming atmosphere. A few water fountains, soft background music along with beautiful old-style Chinese furniture created a relaxing, welcoming ambiance. Wooden chairs were lined up along the counter and two people were already seated with tiny cups of tea placed in front of them on miniature trays. The merchant behind the counter kindly offered me a seat and a tasting of tea which I gratefully accepted.

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