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My Master Cleanse experience

Coralie’s master cleanse experience…

I participated in my first master cleanse (long intestinal wash) in September last year at Mangrove Mountain Ashram. Although I’d done the short wash many times over the years I had not managed to find the space and time for the long wash. In the short wash you drink 6 glasses of water and in the longer form you may drink up to twice that amount. The long wash also requires that you rest completely for at least for 4 or 5 days immediately after and to follow special dietary requirements for the month following the cleanse. It’s a big commitment which is why it is advisable to only do the practice under expert guidance and in a supportive, natural environment.

So I joined the dozen other people undertaking the cleanse and we surrendered ourselves to the care of the ashram for the week. The night before we ate a light dinner of vegetable soup, then to bed for an early night. The next morning we were met by Rishi Hridayananda,  the veteran of literally hundreds of these parties in both India and Australia.

With yoga mat laid out I made my way to the bar to drink my first 2 large glasses of lightly-salted, warm water which were served (and duly recorded) by Rishi’s helpful, friendly bar staff. I downed the first two glasses without much trouble and hit the mat to start 8 rounds of the first of asana in the 5-asana sequence. This particular sequence of asanas applies pressure to different parts of the gastro-intestinal tract, moving the water through your gut.

Starting with Tadasana, which opens the lower oesophageal sphincter, a few modest burps later (less modest with each round) followed by the swaying palm-tree, Tiryaka tadasana which washes the water around the stomach. The dynamic standing twist of Kati chakrasana is next and I’m sure I can feel the water moving through my small intestines. Face-down on the mat for the twisting cobra which applies pressure to the abdominal area and opens the ileo-saecal valve. Finally, Urdarakarshanasana which   applies pressure to the large intestines. Keeping a cracking pace is important so I’m straight back to the bar to repeat the process all over again.

I got to 10 glasses and was just about to start on the 5th sequence when I heard the call of nature and decided a trip to the toilet was in order…..right now.

The instruction was to drink enough so that you end up passing clear fluid. That achieved, I went to lie down in a specially warmed room for 20 minutes. My arrival time was recorded and I was reminded not to go to sleep lest I develop a headache. Twenty minutes later I get the nod to head to the kitchen for breakfast.

Breakfast consisted of a porridge made of rice and lentils (kitchari) with as much ghee as I wanted but no drinks. I could have had sips of warm water if necessary. I realized later that the porridge is really only a vehicle for the ghee to re-line the gut. Also, because there is no salt in the porridge, the raised level of sodium in the bloodstream from the salty water is drawn by osmosis out of the bloodstream (high concentration) into the porridge (low concentration).   Cool huh.

With breakfast done, we all went off to our rooms to rest and stay warm. Instinctively my body felt too vulnerable to the world in general and the cold in particular to undress for a shower, so I go to bed fully clothed with a hot-water bottle and snuggled-up knowing I have no-where to go and nothing to do but rest for the next 7 days.

Over the following few days I was surprised at my level of sensitivity to my environment: light, temperature, wind, noise. We were advised to protect ourselves from the elements because of this sensitivity, which Rishi described as being like a new-born babe. This applied to our gut too: rice and lentil porridge with ghee but no salt for 2 days. Steamed veggies were introduced on the third day with no raw food or fresh fruit for the remainder of the first week.

None of this was boring or a hard-ship. I felt like I was working with a brand-new set of taste buds and everything was new. I could really taste the food. My sense of smell, which is generally good, was exceptional after the cleanse.

I felt very nurtured by the daily yoga practices that included Trataka (steady gazing) that we performed on the Gayatri Yantra (a pictorial representation, in this case, of the Gayatri mantra), daily Yoga Nidra, and Kapalbhati (a cleansing pranayama). All of which helped with  also helped to support, ‘clean’ and re-organize.

Looking back, the Master Cleanse stands out as one of those times in my yoga journey that feels especially important. By the end of the week I felt like I was starting the rest of my life refreshed and anew.

Find out more about the master cleanse  in a conversation between Coralie and Rishi here.

Rishi Hridayananda will be hosting her next Salt-water party at Narasoma Retreat Centre in Ubud, Bali – 24-31 August 2019

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A conversation with Rishi Hridayananda

Rishi Hridayananda began teaching the Shatkarmas when she was a swami living in an ashram in Kolkata, India. Every Sunday the ashram would host up to 500 people as she led them through laghoo (short-form intestinal wash), kunjal (regurgitating salty-water) and neti (washing nostrils). 40 years on and Rishi is still teaching these practices running monthly and twice-yearly Master Cleanse programmes. I spoke with her on the final day of my first week-long Master Cleanse.

Coralie: You are famous for your ‘salt-water parties’ complete with ‘bar-tenders’ who pour your salt-water. Why is this party atmosphere important?

Rishi: It’s a way of helping people loosen up and to let them know it’s OK to burp and fart. It’s OK to let go of these things. The belly must be relaxed when you do this practice. Tension tightens you up and makes the practice slower and longer. So I make it light like a party and we have fun.

Coralie: I was surprised at the fine line between the number of glasses of water required for laghoo (short-form intestinal wash) and doing the full shankarprakshalana (long-form intestinal wash).

Rishi: Actually, that is a very individual thing and will be influenced by a number of factors like your diet; whether you eat meat, drink alcohol and caffeine, as well as your personality. Some people ‘hang on’ to things at a mental or emotional level and may then find it more difficult to let go at this physical level. And that’s the thing about these practices. They work on all the koshas (layers of your being) and transform your personality.

Coralie: The week involved a lot of rest and introspection. I had lots of dreams and old memories popped up, things I hadn’t thought about for years.

Rishi: Yes, this can happen. It is important to be able to witness these happenings of the mind to allow them to be released as they arise.

 Coralie: Is this why we are doing trataka meditation (steady-gazing at an object) daily?

Rishi: That is a big part of it, but also it makes the eyes luminous and you become irresistible (Laughs).

Coralie: Some people had headaches after doing the practice. Is that just about coffee withdrawal?

Rishi: It could be caused by caffeine or sugar withdrawal. It’s a good idea that you do some preparation beforehand. For a few weeks before the Master Cleanse, start to gradually reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake so you don’t shock your body by suddenly stopping. This is why this practice is done in Spring and Autumn when the weather is mild. You must remember that you become very vulnerable to all things at this time. You’re like a baby so you wear a hat and sunglasses if you go out in the sun, rest is important and mouna (silence) especially when you’re eating. If you talk through your meal, that is where your energy is going, not into your digestion.

Coralie: Are there people who should not do Shankarprakshalana?

Rishi: Again, this is a very individual thing and this is where experience comes in. It’s important that I meet everyone before they do Shankarprakshalana. Everyone is different and it’s not until I meet them and talk to them that I have a sense of which practice they should or shouldn’t do. This is why you can’t learn these practices from a book. You need someone with experience keeping an eye on things.

Read about Coralie’s master cleanse experience here.

Rishi Hridayananda will be hosting her next Salt-water party at Narasoma Retreat Centre in Ubud, Bali – 24-31 August 2019

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Vanaprashta – the Autumn stage of life

When I first began to move into what Yoga describes as the Vanaprashta or forest dweller stage of life (50-75 years) it was quite confronting to discover that I didn’t have the physical and emotional capacities I once had. I couldn’t even say ‘the mind is willing but the body is weak’, because often the mind wasn’t willing either. As a Pitta/Virgo I had done ‘intense and challenging’ most of my life. You could say it was my second nature. I have come to realise however that it is not my true nature, and so learning to live gently has become both an intention and challenge for me during these autumn years of life.

My first real introduction to taking a gentler approach in life was when I embarked on my first yoga training residential at Mangrove Yoga at the ripe old age of 53. I felt a bit daunted by the undertaking and in my worst moments, I imagined a room filled with younger, more elastic, stronger bodies, with me in the corner needing a nana nap.

There were 38 of us, all ages and shapes, all at different levels of yoga experience, ranging from years of teaching experience to never having sat on a yoga mat. What I loved most was that at some point during our time together those differences were no longer relevant. Together, we slowly put away our preconceptions and past experiences to unpack the depth of the deceptively simple foundational poses that initially seemed ‘boring’ and ‘easy’. For those like me who ‘have to get it right’ or are used to a more strenuous practice, the challenge was in experiencing the subtlety of a gentle wrist or ankle rotation without feeling bored. Gradually, I began to experience the profound healing in gentleness.

I have also been learning how to bring this softer, gentler way to my day to day activities – namely my to do list. This ever-present list used to be my anchor until it became more like the bane of my life. Even if I loved doing something, as soon as it went on my list, it became a ‘should’, and somehow I had reached a point of rebellion in my life where all ‘shoulds’ were to be avoided and procrastinated upon if possible.  This created a dilemma because my daily routine (dinacharya) of practices (sadhanas) that I enjoyed doing, and knew were helping me feel well and happy, had become like chores to be avoided.  What to do?

The advice of one of my Ayurvedic teachers, Dr Claudia Welch, showed me a gentler way, she suggested I to ‘care for the things that care for me’.  Instead of focusing on the ‘to do’ list, to consider the care factor. My daily Sadhana/practices care for me. They support and protect me and add value to my life. In turn, I can ‘care for them’ by valuing, protecting and supporting them so that they remain a part of my life. I know this may sound a bit Zen, but if you sit with it, it is really quite profound. Caring is much softer and gentler than should.

All in all, I am thoroughly enjoying the Vanaprashta classroom. The experience of transitioning into a less busy, more inward focused time of life and discovering a softer, gentler, more allowing way of being in the world.

2WiseWomen retreats and workshops offer you the opportunity and space to rediscover your own authenticity and move towards a more balanced state of mind and body. Our retreats are based on three foundations: The space to pause, the tools and skills to reflect on how you want to be and live, and pathways to reconnect with your own inner wisdom. Upcoming retreats.

The Power of Sankalpa – best wishes for 2019

The Christmas / New year period can be a fairly up and down time and I am very thankful for my Yoga practices. In addition to  some very simple asana, abdominal breathing, mooladha bandha, sankalpa and the practice of witnessing all help to negotiate and smooth out the ride as buttons get pushed and old stories play out.

As I do my practice I am constantly reminded that Yoga is an amazing, very practical life tool, but that it doesn’t work in the bottle. Those of you from our hometown of Newcastle may have known or know of Jack, the former owner of Natural Tucker in Cooks Hill. I picked up a bottle on a shelf one day and asked Jack, “does this work?” He dryly replied, “not in the bottle”. I have never forgotten that. The take home message being that you actually have to do something to experience its benefits.

Buying something and saying “I am going to do this” can be easy, but it’s the doing that we often find hard. How many times have you experienced real benefit from something you have been doing and then wake up one day to find it has disappeared, and not long after so has the benefit. This often happens just at the time you need it most, when life gets too busy.  One Yoga practice that resonates with the New Year resolution tradition is Sankalpa, having a positive intention or resolve.  Your Sankalpa helps to keep you connected with what is important to you, and it is said that while many things in life may fail you, your Sankalpa never will.

As the New Year begins this is a little gift to help you develop or fine tune your 2019 Sankalpa.

Our intention for 2019 is to continue to share the wisdom of Ayurveda & Yoga in a way that inspires and empowers you to make good life choices. It’s the little things in life that make the most difference and our retreats enable you to pause your busy life for a weekend, or a week, or even 3 weeks, to reflect on how you want to live and reconnect with your inner wisdom and power to heal.

We have 6 retreats for you to choose from with a variety of themes, venues and length, both in Australia and overseas. Details and registrations here.

Our heartfelt wishes for a year filled with light and love.

Coralie & Mary

 

A Leap of Faith

You know those times when you think about doing something, and you don’t. Then it keeps popping up, until at what seems like the last moment you know you just have to do it. This is one of those times. It’s my personal universal reminder service and sometimes it just won’t be ignored!

I woke early this morning to a clear message to send out a reminder about our next 2WiseWomen retreat that starts in Bali in just one week…next Saturday…crazy right?

I have been getting constant reminders to send something out for the last couple of weeks. Each time the thought popped in I would talk myself out of it. It’s “too late”, “if someone is meant to come they will” or “I haven’t got time”…all the usual excuses my mind gives to ignore something I am meant to do.

Anyway, the image that came to mind this morning was someone making that last minute leap onto a train or boat they really need to catch, and they make it just as it begins to pull away. Given the universe’s insistence my assumption is that there is someone who is meant to be joining us who hasn’t leapt aboard yet, and it might be you!


This whole retreat has been about just that. It is going ahead at what can only be described as the universe’s insistence. We tried to cancel it and it wouldn’t be cancelled! So this is not about us, and we are, by the way, happy the universe over-road our plans. It has been a great lesson in just continuing to listen and trust…which is what I really want to share with you. 

So, now it’s your turn! Not just in relation to the retreat but anything in your life the universe is guiding you towards. It’s time to listen and make that leap of faith.

If it is about the retreat…some time-out to explore how to live more consciously, and experience the benefits of Yoga & Ayurveda as a way of life…the universe has been listening and held you a place. 

Exploring Conscious Living thru Yoga & Ayurveda
Narasoma Retreat Centre, Ubud Bali
28/4 – 5/5/2018

Go to our Retreats page for everything you need to know and how to register.

Coralie and I are flying out tomorrow (Monday) to get everything ready for you…plus have a few yummy massages. If the universe is whispering in your ear to come…or maybe it feels more like a push…then give us a call now on 0474 226 / 448 or 0400 494 266 or e-mail retreats@2wisewomen.com.au

We are even happy to still give you the Early Bird price. If you are meant to be there then we want to support you in that.

xxCoralie & Girishaa/Mary

Ashram life and what comes after…

It was suggested to me yesterday that an ashram is not a home…it is the place you prepare for the next part of your journey. I had just told her that I had decide it was time to leave Mangrove and the words made perfect sense. I have tried to think about the ashram as home but it never quite felt like that. It felt more like school, in that I was constantly learning on so many levels.

Someone asked me last night what I had learned and it’s been good to give that some thought.   Ashram life has been a great setting for seeing my own ‘stuff’, what yoga calls our samskaras, deep-seated beliefs and patterns of behaviour that are like imprints on the soul. Living and working 24/7 in close community with people with a deliberate intention to learn and grow spiritually reveals the good, the bad and the ugly in all of us…and that’s good because you do have to see it to be able to do something with it.

Ashram life is like a classroom that reveals these beliefs and behaviours clearly and provides the teachings and support to choose which ones I want to keep and which ones I don’t. That said, our beliefs and behaviours tend to be hard wired  and the rewiring process is not easy which is where ashram life comes in.  The structure, discipline and being thrown into situations that trigger your ‘stuff’, all help with the rewiring.

The triggers for me were things like being asked to teach a yoga class in 5 mins, when as a new teacher I would painstakingly prepare all my classes the night before. Or finding myself cooking a meal for 120 people on my 2nd cook shift having only ever cooked for 20 people before…and the list goes on and on and on. Over time I have learned that if I allow whatever is happening, before I know it I am  on the other side, usually still in one piece, going “wow, I did it!” Or if I stuffed up nobody really cared, it didn’t define me in their eyes.

So, standing now on the other side of the last 2 ½ years I can say that I have learned to worry less about ‘getting things right’, what others will think and whether I am ‘good enough’…all my little Achilles’ heels. I have a stronger sense of being good enough and if something doesn’t go perfectly the world as I know it probably won’t collapse in a heap.

So that’s a little glimpse of my take on ashram life and I am completely and totally grateful for the gift it has been.

Now what’s next?

Like most things in my life the decision to begin the next chapter is based on trust and faith. Although I am clear that it is time to move on, I am not quite sure what that looks like just yet. At one time I might have said I was trusting in the universe but a dear friend reminded me recently that I am the universe so I guess it’s an act of trust in myself.

So, maybe this is the gift of my ashram stay, the opportunity to dig deep to find myself and grow in trust and love to allow this unique expression of the universe called me.

One thing I do know is that Coralie and I are taking 2WiseWomen to Bali on the 28 April to once again share the deep wisdom and practical tools of Yoga and Ayurveda. Our intention for this 7 days & nights is to uplift, inspire and empower our beautiful participants to live more consciously.

In a way this brings me full circle. The programme and the beautiful setting of Narasoma retreat centre is our way of creating an ashram like experience for you. A space to pause, reflect and reconnect for the next stage of your life journey.

xxMary

The Science of Yoga & Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda: Fantastic practices but are they really sciences?

The definition of science according to Sciencemadesimple is:

“…. a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena.

The term science also refers to the organized body of knowledge people have gained using that system.

Less formally, the word science often describes any systematic field of study or the knowledge gained from it.”

The systems of Yoga and Ayurveda arose from observations of the natural environment. These observations were tested and refined through repeated experimentation using case-studies and repeated over hundreds of years. Now that’s what I call a longitudinal design! These systems are truly holistic in that the individual is acknowledged as multidimensional having physical, mental, energetic and spiritual dimensions.

There’s nothing new about Yoga and Ayurveda. It’s straight-up, good old-fashioned (and I mean really old– fashioned) science, and to this day the experimentation and refinement continue. This is one of the reasons why your yoga teacher bangs on about awareness and to observe what’s going on for you. It’s plain old scientific inquiry – observe, test, refine, re-test.

The name 2wisewomen refers and pays homage to these sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda and the many practitioners/experimenters who have contributed to these vast bodies of knowledge. These sciences compliment and inform the other and together they give us models and tools for understanding the natural world, our place in it and how to flow in tune with nature’s rhythms. (Ayurveda actually translates as, ‘the science of life’.)

2wisewomen invites you to undertake your own experiment as both the experimenter and  subject. Immerse yourself in the controlled environment of Narasoma for one week and see what you observe. Use your findings to inform how you choose to live from here on.

You can expect from a 2wisewomen retreat exactly what Yoga and Ayurveda offers any sincere seeker – Knowledge and Empowerment.

Over to you.

http://www.2wisewomen.com.au/events/

 

Last days Bali Early Bird…ends 31 May

There was frost on the ground at Mangrove Yoga this morning…brrrrrrr. As I psych myself up for a 2nd winter in the mountains it’s just that little bit easier knowing that I’ll be thawing out at the beautiful Narasoma Retreat Centre in Ubud come September.

16-23 Sept 2017 (7days/nights)

The good news is that you could be too because there are still places available…but only 3...and we nearly forgot to remind you that the Early Bird finishes on the 31 May…only 6 days away.

Narasoma’s tranquil gardens

Instead of a specific theme this year we are bringing together those things that the women who have joined us over the last four years loved best and found life changing:

Sunrise yoga in our beautiful rooftop yoga shala

The experience of Yoga and Ayurveda as a way of life. A structured, supportive routine, daily yoga practices, amazingly delicious food, personal consultations and lots of conversation to provide you with a life changing experience as well as a wealth of knowledge, simple daily tools and a personalised Sadhana practice to take home.

You, your hormones and the moon. As a woman the key to your health are your hormones. You will go home with a deeper understanding of what stress does to your hormones and how to bring them back into balance; how to transition towards a symptom free cycle and view menopause as a cause for celebration rather than medical condition. You’ll get to play with massage oils and learn how to self-administer some home style treatments that will leave you floating on a cloud of bliss.

Living your Dharma – how to live your Truth. Your life well lived is unique and only you know what that looks like. The trouble is we rarely, if ever, stop and give ourselves the chance to explore what really matters to us. You’ll learn the art of dreaming and how to create a life not limited by circumstances. You’ll also look at your personal road blocks, the things that are getting in the way of this life, understand where they come from and then thankfully, how to let them go.

Over the years we have run each of these as separate retreats and discovered that to do each one justice we always end up including components of the other two. So, this time you will get the very best of each one – a perfect complement that we know will be a life changing experience. We say that with confidence because it is the feedback we receive after every retreat.

Now we would like you to have the same experience.

Only 3 places left!

Early bird finishes 31 May 2017

Book here

 

Living your Dharma…a journey to Self

Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything…
maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you…
so you can be who you are meant to be.

When you are Living your Dharma there is a sense of authenticity and integrity in your life. This doesn’t mean that life is a bowl of rose petals, however the right things do seem to happen at the right time, and there is a sense of flow.

The focus of our next 2WiseWomen retreat at Mangrove Yoga is Living your Dharma and our intention is to create a space for you to:

  • check in with your life and see what feels authentic and what doesn’t.
  • connect with what feels meaningful and fulfilling, the things you would like to have more of in your life.
  • identify what’s stopping the flow or getting in the way of what you want.

I believe that most of the time you already know what is and isn’t right for you and I think that applies to most people, but that isn’t enough. When I was in practice clients would generally experience improvements in different aspects of their physical and emotional wellbeing with the recommended dietary and lifestyle changes. However, despite these usually significant improvements they often struggled to stay with the changes, even the simple ones. In time I came to see that their beliefs about themselves and life, and habitual patterns of behaviour based on these beliefs, were subtly sabotaging their efforts.

This where awareness comes in. During the retreat we will use practices that will help you understand why you do what you do, and feel how you feel. By consciously bringing these new understandings into your day to day decision making, you automatically begin to ‘create’ the life you want to live.

This concept of creating your life is an important one. Every choice and decision we make influences the direction our life takes. When decisions are made consciously, responding rather than reacting to life, then we are more likely to be on the right path. Life gradually begins to evolve from our sense of purpose and values, instead of being shaped by beliefs and patterns of behaviour that no longer serve us.

The word awareness mentioned earlier may have caused your eyes to glaze over. It is a much bandied around word these days and unfortunately, like anything we hear constantly, it has become a bit ho hum. The saying ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ comes to mind. Don’t be tricked by that though. A little committed, consistent and regular effort in developing awareness – paying attention and learning from that – has the capacity to change the way you think, how you manage your emotions and the choices you make – in short it has the capacity to change your life.

You may also be thinking that this is ground you have already covered…been there done that. Another thing not to be fooled by. This is deep work and it takes us to new levels every time we allow ourselves the opportunity do it. Exploring what gives our life meaning and what is getting in the way, is an ongoing, never ending journey. Each time we ask ourselves these questions our life becomes richer and deeper for the asking.

If the idea of Living your Dharma appeals, then join us at Mangrove Yoga for the weekend 3-5 April 2017. Mangrove Yoga offer a range of accommodation options however some only have limited availability so if you are thinking single rooms and ensuites book early.

Take care, Coralie & Mary

Awaken your feminine energy…learn how to safeguard & nourish it.

It’s time to discover your own inner power to heal…

After many years of juggling multiple roles as a woman: a daughter; sister; wife; mother; grandmother; employee; business owner; student…my greatest learning has been that caring for myself is the first and most important step towards caring for my loved ones. The 2 wise women, Yoga and Ayurveda, recognise our unique health needs as women and offer time tested knowledge and practices to support our transition thru the different rhythms of life:

  • a symptom free monthly cycle
  • natural contraception and fertility
  • nurturing mother’s to be and their new baby
  • a gentle menopause transition

In addition to the understandings gleaned from my own experiences, my studies with two very special women have guided my understanding and approach to women’s health. Together, they provide both an ancient and modern context for understanding women’s health and spirituality.

Maya Tiwari, affectionately known as Mother Maya, reveals the secrets of the ancient texts honouring the sacred feminine and our inner power (Shakti) to heal.

Dr Claudia Welch, melds eastern wisdom with western analysis to make sense of the relationship between stress and our hormones and practical approaches in today’s world to correct imbalances.

Maya-Profile-2012Mother Maya’s inspirational story begins in a traditional Indian family then detours to completing her schooling in New York. By her early twenties, contrary to her family’s expectations, she had become a recognised fashion designer. Her subsequent journey of recovery from a diagnosis of terminal ovarian cancer at the tender age of 23, led her down an alternative path of establishing the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda in North Carolina, the Mother Om Mission in India, and taking initiation in the Vedanta tradition as a Vedic Monk. The Wise Earth Ayurveda school’s mission is to educate women around the world in recognising their own inner power and creative energy to nourish, nurture and heal. How to:

  • Safeguard their personal freedom
  • Connect with their inner rhythms
  • Recognise their innate power to self-heal
  • How to nourish and nurture themselves

cwClaudia Welch is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and an Ayurvedic practitioner who lectures and teaches internationally in both traditions. Through her studies of Eastern medicine, extensive research of Western medicine and an innate curiosity she has compiled and written a book titled “Balance your Hormones, Balance your Life”. Her unique combination of Western medical analysis and Eastern wisdom provides a clear and very practical framework for making sense of the complicated particulars of hormones and women’s health. Her foundation message is about how stress sabotages hormonal balance. In applying her own learnings, she shares how it took her six months to be able to do nothing without feeling guilty. In a western world where stress is the major causative factor in ill-health I want to give one to every woman I know!

Our Women’s Health & Spirituality retreat in August draws on the work of both these amazing women and we are looking forward to sharing their wisdom with you at our favourite place in Ubud, the beautiful Narasoma Retreat centre. The perfect backdrop for our time together, a sacred space in which to explore our sacred feminine. During our 8 days together the diverse programme will include:

For MC

  • Cultivating and experiencing the extraordinary healing power of deep rest,
  • Giving and receiving traditional practices that nourish and nurture our feminine energy on all levels – body, mind and spirit,
  • Exploring and understanding the rhythms of our life as women
  • Revealing the science of how stress affects our hormonal balance, how that affects our health, and what we can do to restore balance.
  • Re-connecting with our inner power to heal and create,
  • Preparing and sharing delicious food and so much more.

If this resonates with your sacred feminine then it’s time to book. The Early Bird finishes on the 30 June and there are only 4 places remaining.

What’s next… Leading up to the retreat we will be sharing some insights into Ayurveda’s approach to the different roles and rhythms of a woman’s life: menarche, fertility & contraception; pregnancy; postnatal care and menopause. Knowledge to awaken your interest in your own feminine energy and inspire you to both safeguard and nourish it…

Register to be notified when one of these new offerings are on the plate.

xxCoralie & Mary