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Ramblings & recipes from around the billabong

Cacao Super Slice

Vegan. gluten free This is a pretty easygoing recipe, I've made quite a few different versions of it. Usually all depending on what's in my cupboard that I can throw all together at once. Its great for snacks and totally yum for breakfast, dessert, whenever..!...

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Tips for a Conscious Christmas

Somehow 2018 has whizzed by and we are jetting towards Christmas at lightning speed. Given the state of our environment, the effects of the boom in social media and the increasing busy-ness of our lifestyle, it is more important than ever to be conscious of what we...

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Coconut Yogurt

Vegan, gluten free Coconut yogurt can be expensive. If you are dairy intolerant or just love the taste of coconut yogurt why not make your own! I love serving mine on top of activated granola or chia cups. It’s super simple, probiotic rich, creamy and delicious....

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What are Whole Foods and why should you care?

Eating healthy can be tricky.  For most of us, the discourse around nutrition and diet has come a long way since we zoned out whilst being fed the importance of the food pyramid or meat and two veg.  Yet somewhat lucky and unlucky for us, many people are now zoning...

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Meditation According to Tash

It feels like such a buzz word at the moment.  Before I did a meditation course, to me, it felt like yet another thing to add to the to-do list. Meditation (according to Buddhism ideology) is basically focusing on one thing.  When practiced regularly, it enables the...

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Nourishing Sweet Potato, Zucchini and Spinach Dhal

Gluten free, refined sugar free Dhal is a highly regarded meal in Ayurveda due to its gentle and soothing effect on our digestive system. It has been used in India as medicine for thousands of years, being the first food babies are given due to the gentle nourishment...

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Fermented Foods for a Better Belly

As we move out of the quieter, colder, winter months and into spring, you’re probably keen to get out and about. But if you have digestive issues you might not feel like going on dinner dates or hanging at the beach in your bikini or boardies. Symptoms like bloating,...

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Watch your Words

I mean really watch them. What are you saying to yourself over and over again on a regular basis? Notice if we say I don’t have this or this always happens to me. I can’t do this or perhaps I can do that. What happens?  Does it ironically always happen to you? If we...

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Pear and Date Slice

Gluten free, refined sugar free Makes 1 large loaf INGREDIENTS: Slice 1/2 cup x coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup x honey or sweeter of choice 3 x eggs or 3 x flax eggs (3 tablespoons of flax to 2 tablespoons filtered water) 1 tsp x vanilla powder 1/2 tsp x bicarbonate soda...

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Self-Abdominal Massage: Why and How?

Self-abdominal massage can encourage digestion and ease stomach discomfort. Essential oils such as peppermint, ginger, lavender and fennel are great for digestive issues. Combine a few drops of essential oil to some warm carrier oil. Massage the belly in a circular...

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Spiced Pumpkin and Banana Loaf

Vegan, gluten free This is a lovely, wholesome sweet treat that is filled wholefood goodness that is as rich and satiating as it comes in the world of banana cake. The pumpkin and spices add a very exciting twist to the flavour while honouring the comfort of a home...

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Book Review: Lost Connections

If you haven't already heard of Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, you should have. For me, it has been one of the most insightful books that I have read for a long time. Written by Johann Hari, this book is...

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Edamame and Brown Rice Salad

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free This is a super easy recipe and perfect if you have left over rice. It can be easily changed to whatever veggies you have at home! INGREDIENTS: 250g x brown rice - cooked 1/2 bunch x mint 1/2 bunch x coriander 1 x bag frozen...

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Self Love with Larissa

So many are constantly looking outside themselves for love. In the next relationship, chocolate bar, cigarette, drugs, sex, what ever it might be, take your pick. There is a feeling you are seeking whether you realise it or not in everything we do or purchase. Love...

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Vegan Peanut Butter and Banana Loaf

Vegan, paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free This is a super dense & delicious loaf thats going to make your kitchen smell like heaven. I like it toasted with extra PB, maple and banana….ohhhhhh baby. PART 1: 3 x mashed ripe bananas (spotty if you have them) 1/2 cup...

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Pesto Mushrooms with Herbed Chilli Oil

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free This recipe is so versatile. I make both the pesto and the herbed chilli and just keep them in my fridge and add them to anything really. Dip fresh bread in the oil or add to a salad. Add the pesto to pasta (I recommend buckwheat...

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The Best Rumi Quotes for Inspiration

It is no secret that I love Rumi. I read his quotes and poems in my yoga classes all the time because I find that he has such a knack for explaining something deep and profound in one short sentence that makes so much sense! If you are sitting there wondering "who on...

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Kim’s Top Five Super Smoothie Recipes

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free Smoothies are such an easy and tasty way to pack nutrients into your daily routine, I make them on the "reg" and I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favourites!! They can easily be modified to whatever you like, so give it a...

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Tash’s Ratatouille

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free My Mum finally shared her ratatouille recipe and now I am sharing it with the world! A french classic and a dish I lived on growing up. It's packed with so many veggies and is great as a main or a side dish. INGREDIENTS: 8 x...

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Raw Vegan “Joyous” Jaffa Balls

Gluten free, vegan, no added sugar A quick word: Here is a simple little treat that brings a vibrant joyous aroma and taste. Filled with 100% wholefood goodness and natural sweetness, they bring an uplifting zing while satiating that inner cry for a sweet treat (but...

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Why guys should be going on retreat

Statistically, women are much more likely to go on retreat than men. There seems to be a stereotype that retreats mean eating rabbit food, talking about your feelings and getting pampered. Although you can talk about your feelings if you want and, of course, we can...

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Spring Rejuvenation Retreat

Sunday 2nd to Wednesday 5th September 2018 Spring is about to arrive and we want to celebrate! Join us for our special Spring Rejuvenation Retreat to welcome the end of winter and the start of spring with open arms. Spring is a time when we awaken from the winter...

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End of Winter Wellness Ritual

The cold of winter is lingering a little longer than we may have hoped. Once winter sets in it’s easy to let health slide as we indulge in rich foods, slow down our outdoor activities and basically bunker down until the cold passes. Winter is actually a beautiful time...

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Activated Buckwheat Granola

Gluten free A quick word: We hear a lot about activated nuts and seeds today, and for good reason. By activating our nuts and seeds we “switch on” the beneficial enzymes within them to allow them to be more digestible. Activating our nuts and seeds also gives our...

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Ten Ways to Practice Self Care in Spring

Spring is almost here! This is very exciting news as it means longer days and more importantly, warmer weather. Spring is traditionally a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Did you know? In Australia we classify seasons in terms of calendar months which means...

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Billabong Mighty Spread

If there’s one food that most Australians hold close to their hearts, it’s Vegemite. The savoury spread represents a metaphorical black and gold of Australian culture being enjoyed by countless Australians since it’s introduction to our shelves in 1923. Throughout...

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Book: The Untethered Soul

A fantastic book encouraging you to explore who 'you' really are. Are you the voices in your head? Are you simply a body? Are you something more? Michael A Singer explores the notion of consciousness using methods of meditation and mindfulness. We really recommend...

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Dark Jaffa Cacao Sponge Cake with Raw Cacao Fudge Sauce

Gluten free & Dairy free Sometimes only a chocolate cake will satisfy our taste buds’ silent cries for some sweet attention. As someone who prefers not to consume dairy or gluten, I decided to create this dark cacao sponge so that is was gluten & dairy free as well as...

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Book: The Mind Workout

A really simple and user friendly book that was recommended by a recent guest that explains basic mindfulness practices in ways that are really easily digested and put into practice in every day lives. Mark talks about learning to notice urges, break compulsive...

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Spicy Baked Eggs

Si’s amazing spicy baked eggs with beans and toasted sesame recipe. Serves about 4. INGREDIENTS: Extra virgin olive oil (enough to thinly coat your pan or tray) 1/2 clove x garlic (roughly chopped) 1/2 x medium leek (roughly chopped) 1 tsp x fennel seeds 1 tsp x...

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Roast Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients 3/4 cup ice cold water 400g of cooked chickpeas 200g of cooked white beans juice of 1 lemon 1 clove of garlic tsp of cumin tsp of turmeric 1/3 cup of tahini 1 cup of roast pumpkin 1 tsp of salt Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place sliced pumpkin...

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Mindful Eating

Mindfulness is a very practical way to bring meditation into your everyday life. It’s a technique that can be practised at any time of the day, wherever you are and what better activity to practice it than when you are eating a meal or a consuming food. When we bring...

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Books: A New Earth and The Power of Now

Here are 2 books we would recommend to everyone! A New Earth and The Power of Now, both by Eckhart Tolle. “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious...

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Visualise your day meditation

This is a short 6-minute meditation to do in the mornings. It’s a meditation which envisions your day and the way you would like to feel during the activities you have planned. There is a lot that is out of our control in our days but how we perceive and therefore how...

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Zesty Basil & Almond Pesto

I love vibrant, bright and full flavoured sauces and dressings like this! They make the best accompaniment to balance slightly sweet, rich and full-bodied offerings like pumpkin, sweet potato, polenta, eggplant, lasagna thick vegetable stews. This pesto is also an...

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Meet our new Retreat Host Phoebe

Q. What's one piece of advice you could give to someone to transform or take their yoga practice to the next year ( from a beginner to an intermediate) Pheobe: Oh! that's a tough one. I would say, listen to your body, but also challenge yourself. Flirt (don't push)...

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Seeded loaf

This bread is packed full of nutrient-dense fibre, protein, healthy fats like omega-3 & omega-6, carbohydrates (from nuts + seeds), vitamins and minerals. Free from gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa or brown rice 1/2 cup  sunflower...

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Stuffed eggplant on leek puree

Stuffed eggplant on leek puree makes 8 serves Ingredients 2 large eggplants 1 cup cooked quinoa (make sure you have soaked before cooking to aid digestion) 1 small red onion diced and sautéed in coconut oil 6 medjool dates pipped and chopped 1 capsicum diced 1/4 cup...

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Farm Shop with a Heart

Warrah Biodynamic Farm at Dural supplies all of our organic fruit and vegetables and are a registered charity providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney’s North West.  They grow a wide range of certified biodynamic/organic seasonal produce,...

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Balancing Kitchari

A balancing comfort food, filled with fibre, protein and complex carbohydrates. Kitchari is often given as an Ayurvedic remedy to people who need rejuvenation from chronic exhaustion, poor digestion, or an over-toxic system. This seriously tasty kitchari offers warmth...

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Si’s Mediterranean Spiced Olives

Love olives? Try this next time to add some extra flavour. Ingredients: 2 cups of unpitted kalamatta or Sicilian olives.(drains and rinsed well) 1 clove of garlic (roughly chopped) 1 Tablespoon of fennel seeds 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper 1/2...

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Morning Elixir

Starting your internal fire with a bang in the morning. Have this hit of health (preferably half an hour before you eat) every morning to help boost start your metabolism, boost your immune system, aid digestion, repair cells, balance your pH, cleans your urinary...

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Book: Loving What Is

This book is extremely helpful if you ever find that you have disturbing emotional thoughts that are very hard to ignore or to get rid of. In this book Byron Katie gives format and formula for conversations which create breakthroughs and transformation.

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Vegan Salted Caramel Slice

Using all Natural Sugars. Dairy Free, Gluten free and Vegan Ingredients: Base 1/2 cup of almonds 1/2 cup of cashews or macadamia (or mixture of both) 1/2 cup of cacao powder 1 cup of soaked dates (soak in boiling water) pinch of salt (preferably celtic or pink salt)...

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Golden-Spiced Coconut Chai Elixir

Creating healthy habits and rituals are the fertile ground for a happy & joyous life. I personally love finding ways to include potent, life-enhancing Ingredients to my personal food culture that enrich my life and my senses simulataneoulsly and one of the easiest and...

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Thai sweet potato paddies

Thai sweet potato paddies Ingredients 3 medium sweet potato grated (skin can be left on if organic) 2 table spoons of coconut oil zest of 1 lime 2 large leaves of silverbeet finely chopped 2 organic free range eggs beaten 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped coriander 2...

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Raw Tiramisu

Makes 12 slices Biscuit layer 1 cup almond meal 1 cup dried macadamia 1 cup cashews 1 cup pitted soaked dates with 1/4 cup of date water 1/4 tsp celtic salt 2 tbsp melted cold-pressed coconut oil 1 tbsp maca powder 1 tsp of wattle seed powder 2 shots of espresso Cream...

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Book: We’re All Going To Die

This is a beautiful joyful book that understands one of the keys to enjoying life is to come to terms with our own inevitable death. Written by an Australian medical doctor this book explains the wisdom that comes from reconciling ourselves with death, a skill that...

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad with turmeric and mountain pepper dressing Salad (makes 6 serves) 2 capsicum 1 fennel with long tips if possible 1 cup of cooked quinoa (soaked first and then cooked) 6 generous hand full of fresh organic greens half a purple cabbage 1/4 cup of finely...

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Altered Traits Book Review

This book is amazing. For those of us who like a bit of science with our ancient wisdom then look no further than 'Altered Traits' by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. Both these authors are well know and are well established within the mindfulness and neuroscience...

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The Divided Brain

I am fascinated by this TED discussion by Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist how our brain fundamentally works in two different ways yet this duality is often masked by our mindlessness. Our left brain is good are knowing defined detail yet this often delivers a...

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Video: Spiced Pumpkin & Quinoa Loaf

Here is beautiful and simple recipe from Billabong chef Simon Favorito for anyone wanting to create a rustic gluten-free loaf full of flavour and whole food goodness. This is lovely hearty bread alternative to serve with breakfast, afternoon snack or as a side with...

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Apple & Cinnamon Chia Porridge

Ingredients Serves 4 ½ Cup Chia Seeds 500ml Almond Milk (Liquid of your choice) 2 Green Apples 2 Cinnamon Sticks 1 Star Anise 2 cloves Water Method Soak Chia seeds in a bowl with 500ml of Almond Milk and stir with a whisk. Let sit for 5 minutes and give it another...

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Metta Meditation by Basia

This technique is a method of developing compassion - essentially about cultivating love. A love that is unconditional, inclusive, and with no expectations of anything in return. It can be helpful when there is a concern about someone and the continuous worrying is...

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Raw Carrot Cake

This raw carrot cake is GF, DF, Sugar free and packed with veggies, nuts and natural fruits. Plus its delicious! Ingredients  Make 16 serves Carrot cake layer  1 1/4 cups of almonds 1 1/4 cup of cashews 2 cups of shredded coconut 1 1/2 cups almond meal (or pulp from...

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Book: Wherever You Go, There You Are

"Wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that's what you've wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that's what's on your mind. The important question is how are you going to handle it?" Jon Kabat-Zinn This book is great for those new...

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Book: You Can Heal Your Life

This book is designed to help anyone come to the realisation that we are the creators of our own suffering and we can be the creators of our own joy. This book has sold 50 million copies - think of all those lives helped. What a woman, what a life. Here are some of...

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Dal-licious Dal

Ingredients  500g of moog dal Home made vegetable stock (or water) Half medium size pumpkin cubed about 1cm 2 carrots diced 1 leek diced 1/4 cup of fresh grater ginger (loosely packed) 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds 2 table spoons of coconut...

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Zucchini, Fig and Apple Loaf

Makes 1 large loaf Ingredients 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup honey 3 eggs or 3 flax eggs (3 tablespoons of flax to 2 tablespoons filtered water) 2 teaspoons vanilla powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 2 1/2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder 1 teaspoons...

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Cacao, Berry and Quinoa cake

Another amazing cake from Billabong chef Tash Burbury Ingredients 1/3 cup milk (I used almond) 4 eggs (can also use chia egg replacements) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups of cooked quinoa (make sure you soak your quinoa before cooking for better digestion) 1/4 cup melted...

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Kiwi, Avocado and Lime slice

Base 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup of walnuts 1 cup cashews 1/4 tsp salt 2 tbsp melted coconut oil 2 tbsp cacao Centre 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup 2 cups of soaked cashews 1 ripe avocado juice of one...

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Tash’s Breakfast Frittata

You can't beat a frittata for breakfast - this is Tash's version and serves around 6 Ingredients: 8 beaten eggs 1/2 cup of milk of choice 3 cups of chopped veggies of choice. I used sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, carrot and sweet corn. 1/2 fine chopped onion 1 glove...

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Instinct vs Impulse by Paul von Bergen

On first look, an impulse can feel very much like an instinct. It comes from inside and seems to drive you to do something. Instincts also come from inside but are more a general gut feeling that you should follow a particular path. Impulses are not always good for...

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Vanilla Custard

We had the honour of welcoming Lee Holmes to the retreat recently, not only did she write a great review she kindly left us a great recipe! GF WF SF makes 375 ml (13 fl oz/11/2 cups) There’s nothing more soothing and indulgent than rich, velvety custard, but...

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Film: The Living Matrix

An oldie but a goldie! Great film that explains the importance of understanding the power of placebo and the energetic field that we all inhabit. Features interviews with leading scientists including one of our heroes Bruce Lipton. View the trailer AND then support...

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Kindness is King

By Paul von Bergen Compassion and kindness starts with the self. This is not narcissistic or self-centred but the best contribution you can make to the universe. When you love yourself you will project love to others. When you hate yourself this is what you will...

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Jaffa Almond Cake With Chocolate Sauce

If you have a kids party with 16 hungry children coming this is a great healthy recipe to feed them. Otherwise just half or quarter the ingredients to serve less. BOIL ORANGES for : 30-45 Minutes PREP TIME : 15-20 Minutes BAKING TIME : 45-60 Minutes INGREDIENTS...

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Activated Savoury Seed and Nut Loaf

Recipe by Billabong chef Si Favorito GF, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar free, yeast free This loaf is beautifully satisfying and is loaded of wholefood goodness and nutrition. It makes a perfect breakfast loaf with some avocado, fresh herbs, lime & chilli or even an afternoon...

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What Are Your Wellness Goals?

We just did some great research to find out what bothered people in their lives and we had nearly 5,000 submissions. It really seems that in today's world many of us want to find a way to calm our busy minds, reduce the effects of stress and improve our energy levels...

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

The use of cauliflower instead of rice brings a lightness, as well as a unique flavour and texture. It is great as a side or a main dish. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil 1 Spanish onion finely chopped 1 medium cauliflower in chunks 1 carrot, peeled &...

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Easy Vegan Pancakes

This is one of the guests favourites here at Billabong Retreat. A simple and delicious vegan breakfast. Ingredients (serves 4) 1 cup of buckwheat 1 banana 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 cup of almond milk (or coconut, soy, rice milk) 1 heaped tablespoon of ground flax...

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Our Food Philosophy

We believe that good nutrition is one of the foundations of good health and longevity and that it should not be complicated. We serve wholefoods, as nature produced them, free from artificial pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics. We serve vegetarian food not because...

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Life After a Retreat – What Now?

How many of you have been on a retreat, especially a Yoga retreat, experienced breakthroughs, learnt skills and come out revitalised and inspired to practice on the ‘outside’? In reality, this often proves more challenging than that first day you go back into the...

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What is Yoga by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Yoga is an ancient guide to bringing joy and contentment to human beings. It originates from the Vedas, one of the earliest sources of human wisdom that is over four thousand years old and was chanted from generation to generation before the written...

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What Is Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Mindfulness is quite simply the biggest revolution in health and wellness but not because it is new, it is not. The concepts and ideas of mindfulness have been around for thousands of years. It is because the concept of mindfulness has captured the...

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Archie’s Raspberry & Coconut Cake

This is Archie's first contribution to the Billabong recipes! Ingredients 3 eggs 3 cups desiccated coconut 1 cup almond meal 100g butter 1 cup rice mil 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup coconut oil tablespoon vanilla essence table spoon bicarb tablespoon beetroot powder...

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Spiced Chai

“This spiced-chai is made out of using the poaching liquid for the spiced-stewed apples I serve on Sunday breakfast. It’s a very warming drink, perfect for the winter season. Doing it this way we don’t waste any of the liquid goodness by throwing the liquid out after...

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Creamy Sweet Potato Dahl

GF, DF, NF, VEGAN I love this recipe in winter, it’s warming both in spice and heat, nurturing and just tastes wonderful. The sweet potato gives this dish such a lovely texture as well as adding a delicious sweetness. Enjoy! Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1 cup split red...

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Winter Pumpkin and Chicken soup  

Why not combine our two favourite winter soups to create one delicious soup. Inspired by trying to please everyone at meal times I did just that. This recipe uses a whole chicken and creates a large batch of soup to freeze. Halve the recipe if you only want to feed...

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Delicious Fudge

A delicious and easy healthy alternative for afternoon tea for the kids or a pick me up for yourself. With the addition of protein rich nuts and energizing coconut oil you don’t have to feel guilty. Ingredients ½ cup of liquid coconut oil, 1 tbsp cacao powder 1 cup of...

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Raspberry Choc Coconut Spelt Slice

Great for school lunches or an afternoon snack or with tea for you and friends. Ingredients ½ cup dessicated coconut 1 cup spelt flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup melted coconut oil 3 tblsps rice syrup or honey 3 organic eggs ½ cup almond milk or milk of your...

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Pumpkin Soup

GF, DF, NF, SF, GRF, VEGAN Anti-inflammatory through the addition of ginger and turmeric, this soup is truly warming and satisfying. Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1.2 kg pumpkin (such as Jap), peeled and diced 300 g sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 medium brown onion,...

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Dear Body

By Charlotte Thaarup-Owen We protect what we fall in love with– fall in love with your dear body. Sometimes I think that the relationship we have with our body is like a veil that stops us from stepping fully into life due to feelings of shame and ‘not good enough’....

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Lemon Avocado Pudding

This is such a fresh, light and delicious dessert. It’s quick to make and will delight your guests every time! GF, DF, NF, GRF, VEGAN Serves 3-4 Ingredients 3 large ripe avocados Juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on taste) 1/3 cup raw honey (or to taste) 2 cups coconut...

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How to Make New Year Intentions Stick

It’s that time of the year where new resolutions and intentions are set, but how do we actually make them stick? Here are some quick and easy tips. Limit how many resolutions you have to three (If you accomplish them early, then add more) Work out how you’ll deal with...

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Chocolate Sesame Cookies

This is a great go-to recipe for when a serious cookie is required. The sesame and chocolate combination is just lovely and the texture is solid, which for me is just perfect. GF, DF, VEGAN Makes 10-12 cookies Ingredients 1 cup sesame seeds 1 cup almond meal ½ cup...

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Parsley Tahini Dressing

Creamy and divine, this dressing has been a crowd pleaser since its creation many years ago. Serve it on roast vegetables, as a dip or as a creamy sauce on dairy-free pizza. GF, DF, NF, SF, GRF, VEGAN Makes approximately 2 cups Ingredients 1 cup hulled tahini Juice of...

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Choc-banana Cake

This delicious gluten and dairy free cake is so easy to make and great with strawberries piled on top for any special day. ingredients 3 cups blanched almond meal ½ teaspoon bi carb 3 medium size black bananas 4 organic eggs 2 tspns vanilla tspn of cinnamon ½ cup of...

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Massaged Kale and Carrot Salad

This delicious kale salad recipe is perfect for first time kale cooks and experienced kale lovers, a simple yet tasty combination we be sure to have yourself and your guests going back for more. Ingredients 1 medium bunch kale - stalks removed and shredded or sliced...

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Kale and Broccoli Soup  

This soup is delicious, alkalising and ever so simple to make plus, with the addition of the unpastuerised paste at the end, the soup includes beneficial bacteria. Serves 4-5 Ingredients 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin coconut oil 1 clove...

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Golden Milk

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also known for it’s benefits to liver function, digestion, immune function and even protection from cancer. It’s great to put in curries, soups and fresh juices,...

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How to do Mantra Meditation

A mantra is a word or sound repeated to help in concentration and meditation. The yogic mantra Soham (Pronounced as So’ Hum) translates to I am that” (so = “I am” and hum = “that”). To practice this begin by bringing your attention to the rhythm of your breath,...

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Flourless orange and chia seed cake 

So easy and delicious especially with some local or organic oranges. A healthy gluten free version on the old orange and poppyseed cake rich in good fats, fibre and protein. Ingredients: 3 organic eggs ½ cup of cold pressed olive or macadamia oil juice of 2 oranges...

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Blueberry Chia Porridge

Serves 2 Ingredients 1/3 cup chia seeds 1 ½ cups almond milk or coconut milk (or a mix of coconut rice milk) ½ cup coconut cream (check the label when purchasing) to ensure there are no preservatives) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries Pinch of...

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Lemon & Spice Carrot Soup

Serves 3-4 This is a wonderfully spiced soup that will definitely raise the temperature of the bodies delighting in it. Ingredients 550g carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 1 brown onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin coconut oil for cooking 1 ½ tsp...

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Gluten free, Nut free, Vegan Blender required (Serves 6) A surprisingly decadent taste and texture, this is a long-standing crowd pleaser. Enjoy it as a simple chocolate mousse or as a soft vegan icing. Ingredients 2 ripe small/medium avocados ¾ cup real maple syrup 1...

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The New Year: Are we evolving?

For many of us, the start of a new year usually marks the beginning of a new cycle. It is often a time of reflection on the various events that have happened in the prior year, what we have achieved or not, and the setting for new resolutions based on what we would...

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Celebration Chocolate Beetroot Cake

This is a seriously delicious and earthy chocolate cake. This recipe has been used for many a wedding, engagement party, birthday or baby shower and is a perfect treat for Christmas! it never fails to impress. Ingredients: 3 medium beetroots 2 cups brown rice flour ½...

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Easy Lemon Curd Cheese Cake

This scrumptious creamy cake is high in healthy fats and virtually fructose free. It is Gluten and grain free too. Its super easy and looks really special too You will need 1 x 12 inch spring form cake tin lined with baking paper Base 2 ½ cups almond meal ¾...

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Pumpkin Frittata

Serves: 4 Time to make: 40 mins Ingredients: ½ a pumpkin 1 red capsicum 2 cups chopped spinach 5 eggs 150g cottage cheese salt and pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C. Have a large baking dish ready, lightly greased. Dice pumpkin into little squares. Place...

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Beetroot Salad

A Super simple salad! Ingredients: 2-3 Beetroots 2 Stocks of Spring onion Dressing: 250 ml Apple Cider Vinegar 250ml Olive Oil 2 table spoons Honey Mix the Apple cider vinegar, olive oil and honey in a 500ml glass bottle. Shake well. Keep in fridge for later use....

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Spicy Pumpkin & Apple Cake

Ingredients:     4 eggs (free range)     2/3 cup of olive oil     ½ cup of honey (to taste, can add a little more)     3 cups spelt flour     1tsp bicarbonate     1tsp baking powder     2tsp ginger powder     2tsp cinnamon     ½ nutmeg     1 ½ - 2 cups grated pumpkin...

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Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie

By Paul von Bergen There is a lot of confusion out there at the moment about what exactly is causing the high rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes that we are seeing particularly in the Western world. Certainly the trend over the past fifty years of...

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Apricot, Coconut & Almond Meal Bliss Balls

Makes around 15 Bliss Balls are such a wonderful treat and super-food snack. You can put almost anything in them, nuts seeds, dried fruit, peppermint or orange oils! And it’s so easy too. 2 cups almond meal 200 g of dried apricots (soak over night) 11/2 cups...

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins

with Coconut, Vanilla, Honey. Dairy, Wheat & Gluten Free.  Recipe: Makes at least 68 mini muffins. Ingredients: 4 Bananas 100grams of Desiccated Coconut 3 table spoons of Honey 1 table spoon of Vanilla Extract ½ cup of Almond Milk (room temperature) 3 Eggs (room...

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Biology of Belief

By Paul von Bergen We have been fans of Bruce Lipton for a while now and the more we read and absorb, the more obvious and simple his teachings become. His core statement is that our thoughts affect our genes. We think thoughts which create emotional chemicals that...

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Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

(courtesy of the Merrymaker Sisters ) We have forever been searching for the perfect paleo cookies. Several faileos (too hard, tastes like cardboard, crumbles + falls apart = gross) later, here it is! Our (to date) favourite paleo cookies! We like ours soft + chewy...

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Raw Gluten free muesli

Ingredients ½ cups sesame seeds  ground ½ cups linseeds ground 1/2cups sunflower seeds not ground ½ cups almonds, raw or baked ½ cups of coconut flakes or shredded.  (optional) ½ cups pepitas ½ bag brown rice puffs 2-3 tblsp  cinnamon Combine all ingredients well,...

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Black Sticky Rice and Spinach Pie

Serves 4-5 125 gram cup brown rice 75gram black rice 1 x lg cottage cheese 1/8 small block cheddar 1-2 pkts chopped spinach, Seasoning 2 sheets filo Black sesame seeds Veg stock 1 onions 1 cloves garlic Basil 1 teaspoons Dill 1 teaspoons Nutmeg 1 teaspoons Tamari...

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Billabong Vegetable Curry

Serves four This is a really simple delicious curry, you can use whatever veg you like, I love sweet potato as it thickens and sweetens the curry adding loads of fibre without being too starchy 1 tblspn of ghee or coconut oil 1 large onion 2 garlic cloves 2 tsp of...

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Gluten Free Buckwheat  Pancakes

(makes about 16 pancakes) Tory has made these pancakes for years with just the buckwheat flour, they are delicious and so easy. The rule of thumb with pancakes is often the first one is not so good, so don’t worry, the rest will be great. The flax seeds add fibre and...

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Daddy’s Special Eggy Breakfast

(serves two adults and 3 kids) 10-12 organic eggs clump broccoli 1 x cob sweet corn 1 x carrot  any other veg you desire This is so easy and the kids love it with all it’s different and bright colours. Appearance is a big thing when getting kids to eat vegetables! Mix...

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Billabong Toasted Granola

Makes a medium sized jar or store in a plastic container in the fridge. 3 cups of mixed rolled grains, oats, barley, rye, amaranth, quinoa…or simply just oats. ½ cup chopped almonds 1 cup sesame seeds ½ cup pepitas ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup spelt flour 2-4 tbl...

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Creamy Breakfast Porridge

Serves 6 Ingredients     1 ½ cups of oats (oat flakes)     400ml can of coconut cream     3 cups of water     Honey     Vanilla pods Instructions: Soak oats overnight. Combine oats, coconut milk and water in a saucepan or pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and...

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Stewed Organic Pears

Serves four 4 organic pears 2 tablespoons honey cinnamon stick star anise ginger cardamom   Peel the pears then add the spices and pears to a pan of water. Cook for about 30-45 minutes.   Remove the pears then reduce the syrup to a thickness of your choosing serve the...

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Organics at Billabong Retreat

The Billabong Kitchen and recipes were inspired by the personal  health issues of owner Tory, who undertook vigorous research and experimentation to bring herself back to perfect health, as well as understanding that the journey continues as we change and grow, ebb...

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Red Kidney Bean Stew

Serves 16 5 lrg onions 4 tblsp olive oil 4 sm cans chopped tomato 1kg red kidney beans, black eyed beans and cannelloni beans Season 3 tblsp of tomato paste Paprika 1 teaspoon Barley soaked   2 cups Carrots  1kg Veg stock 11/2 litre Lemon zest and juice of one lemon...

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Haz’s Coconut Dahl

1 tblsp ghee 2 cups Red lentils soaked over night 1 garlic cloves small Knob ginger grated 500mls veg stock (herbamare is good) ½ can Coconut cream Lemon juice  Fresh coriander leaves In a heavy based pot gentle fry ginger and garlic in ghee until soft.  Add half the...

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Healing from Cancer

My Understanding During the time I was having chemotherapy, I attended a local movie premiere of Sex In The City. The evening was a fundraiser for breast cancer. Given the nature of the movie, the cinema was naturally full of women with the odd token male. As I looked...

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Rainbow salad

Serves 4-6 ¼ white cabbage or Chinese cabbage shredded finely Half a purple cabbage shredded finely Half Celery chopped quite finely 1 carrot sliced finely 3 Green apples chopped in small squares Black or white sesame seeds 2 or 3 Red yellow or green capsicum A...

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Coconut Cacao Brittle WOW!

Ingredients 1/3 cup coconut oil  2-3 heaped tblspns raw cacao powder 50gms cacao butter (loving earth brand) Coconut sugar (it’s like brown sugar but much better for you)  Stevia powder and drops (only a tiny amount is needed, add more if u want a sweeter version)...

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Lotus Dreaming Poem by Tory

Arriving, perfect timing. Late, fate hesitate Coming here to mediate Quiet night, dream inside others moving different tides. Sitting breathing frogs I’m hearing, listening and learning ancient dreaming Outside stillness inside stirring New ways to be, I am learning...

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Billabong Supercharged Alkalizing Tonic

…for one person We recommend everyone to regularly drink apple cider vinegar ( the good organic stuff with the mother still intact) Anecdotal evidence indicates that ACV relieves joint pain, headaches, arthritis, headaches, fatigue and more.  It is highly alkaline and...

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 Back to our roots.  Wise traditions.

With so much conflicting information around about diet and what to eat or not to eat it is best to try to ignore or not take to seriously information in the media. Simply ask yourself. “Would my ancestors have  eaten this food” If not..leave it where you found it, it...

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Raw cacao and almond meal bliss balls

…makes around 15 Bliss Balls are such a wonderful treat and super-food snack. You can put almost anything in them, nuts seeds, dried fruit, peppermint or orange oils! So so easy too. 2 cups almond meal 2 -3 heaped tblspns raw cacao 1 ½ cups pitted dates 11/2 cups...

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Background to Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Inspired by John Kabat Zinn If you were part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra you would not dream of using your instrument without tuning it first yet. The mind is our instrument of running our life yet most of us don’t spend even a moment of...

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Tory’s Gluten Free Muffins – Yum

Delicious almond, currant and carrot muffins - makes about 10. 3 organic eggs ½ cup olive oil 1/3 cup mapel syrup 1 tspn vanilla 2 tspns cinnamon powder 1tsp baking powder 1tsp baking soda 1 cup of almond meal 1 cup brown rice flour 1/3cup LSA. or any ground seeds 1...

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 Billabong Original OMG chocolate sauce

The yummiest healthiest quickest chocolate sauce in the world! Half a can of organic coconut cream (powder can also be used) 1/3 cup of raw organic cocoa or cacao, more can be added for a darker thicker sauce 1/3 cup of maple syrup, rice syrup,  ½ teaspoon of stevia...

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Magnesium, the Miracle Mineral

Tory has just finished reading ‘Magnesium, the Miracle Mineral, by Sandra Cabot Reading this opened my eyes to the incredible healing powers of magnesium. Most of us are aware of magnesium as a mineral to assist with muscle cramps and heart health. I am surprised to...

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Nut roast w gravy

Serves 6 2 tomatoes chopped ½ cup spelt bread crumbs 2 onions 2 cups raw unsalted cashew nuts 3 cloves garlic 2 eggs Dried Italian herbs (oregano, basil ) 1 cup any grated veges (kumera, pumpkin, zucchini) Olive oil (cold pressed) ½ cup grated cheese (optional) In a...

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Reuse Water Bottles

Why yogis should use reusable water bottles. Yoga comes from the root Sanskrit word for yoke, which means to connect. This means connecting the different aspects of your being; your mind, body and spirit and connecting with your own nature, the nature of other people...

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Miso with Asian veg, Japanese omelette and brown rice 

Serves 6 2 tblspoons of miso paste (fresh or packet) 200gms brown rice (pre cook) 3 tblsp sesame oil 1large bunch Asian greens tamari Splash of Mirin 2 eggs (Tamari roasted) sesame and sunflower seeds Veg stock 1 bunch coriander for garnish 1 small sized root grated...

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Tory’s Veggie Stack with Nut Mince

For sixteen - divide for less! Baked Seasonal Vegetables  1 whole Pumpkin  3 eggplants Eggplant  3 medium Sweet potato  4-5 Zucchini  2 kgs Rocket  5 large tomato Nut mince for sprinkles 4 Onions 4 cloves Garlic 11/2 cups of any nuts, use at least 2 types like walnuts...

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Tory’s Thai Pumpkin Soup

Serves 6 1 whole med pumpkin…make sure they are ripe (jap, butternut and qld blue can be used also depending on sweetness and availability) 1 sweet potato 1 med onion diced 300mls veg stock (herbamare) maybe need more, add gradually 2 garlic cloves Seasoning Nutmeg...

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A Beautiful Thing…

What a beautiful gift. From one human to another. The gift of life. Just watched the last ten minutes of a SBS documentary with Caroline Quentin, Passage Through India. It featured an incredible place where babies are brought into this world in a safe and loving...

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City Life by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Why is it that when we have all this space in the world, most of us like to cram in together in cities. Is it just because of work opportunities? Is it because of the arts? Do we think we will miss out on something otherwise? Perhaps we get a buzz...

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Breathing Meditation Made Easy by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Breathing is such an under-rated skill in the West. Our obsession is all about the heart, and exercising to get it to beat fast in the bizarre hope that is all we will need to do to stay healthy. We are so dumb sometimes. Breathing is what gives us...

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Indigenous Wisdom by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen If you have read the article on perspective, then you will realize that the amount of time that Europeans have been in Australia is miniscule compared to the time that indigenous people have. About 250 years versus 40,000 years – 0.00625% of the...

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Great Images

Great images taken as stills of the ABC TV footage - hope it looks this good on TV later in the year (Making Couples Happy - date of airing TBC)

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The trick to life is not to live in the know but to love living in the mystery

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The Trick To Life

The trick to life is not to live in the know but to love living in the mystery Dr Fred Alan Wolfe

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