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Book: Meditation for the love of it

Book: Meditation for the love of it

Meditation... We all hear that it is good for us and many 'wish' they could do it daily, yet most still struggle to get it done. Why is that? In this book Sally Kempton encourages you to uncover...

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Tips for staying cool this summer

Tips for staying cool this summer

With our beautiful country being ravaged by fires and drought it looks like we are going to be in for a hot summer. We asked around the retreat and here are some tips from our team to help keep you...

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Carrot and Fennel Top Salad

Carrot and Fennel Top Salad

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free ABOUT Did you know that fennel actually has this amazing top part of the herb. For some reason when you buy fennel from the shops they chop off one of the best...

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Meditation on breath with Larissa

Meditation on breath with Larissa

A simple guided breath awareness meditation designed to take us to a place of rest and relaxation. Take a little break out of our day to connect within for as little as 6 minutes. Just sit or...

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Book: Why We Sleep

Book: Why We Sleep

We have been told for decades that sleep and exercise are crucial for optimal health but we don't really consider sleep to be just as important... until now! Matthew Walker is a neuroscientist and...

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Activated Raw Vegan Pizza

Activated Raw Vegan Pizza

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free Equipment Food processor Blender Dehydrator or oven Base 3 cups x buckwheat (soaked for 10-12 hours) 8 x medium carrots 1 tsp x salt 2 tbsp x honey 3 tbsp x...

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Beetroot and Cacao Brownie

Beetroot and Cacao Brownie

About I love this recipe because you can make a large batch and keep them in the freezer. That way when you are craving something sweet you have a healthier option instead of reaching for a...

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Book: The top five regrets of the dying

Book: The top five regrets of the dying

Have you ever spent time with a loved one at the end of their life and asked them about their regrets? What they wish they spent more time on? Less time on? Things they wish they did? In the...

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Vegan Panna Cotta

Vegan Panna Cotta

Makes 6 small or 4 regular size INGREDIENTS Panna cotta 1 can full fat coconut milk (400mls) 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup white sugar (I never usually use this sugar but I wanted the traditional white...

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Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee has a whole scope of benefits. Ayurvedic traditions prescribe ghee for digestive issues, ulcers, and for its natural vitalizing properties. Only problem is, that when you buy it at the store it...

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Book: First We Make The Beast Beautiful

Book: First We Make The Beast Beautiful

It seems like almost everyone I speak to has some form of history with anxiety. Is it an epidemic? What is happening to make us so anxious and overwhelmed...? Author of "I Quit Sugar", Sarah Wilson,...

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Bone Healing Beetroot Soup

Bone Healing Beetroot Soup

Vegan option, gluten free I have recently had a knee injury. Through lots of reading and different bits of advice, I’ve decided to support the healing with organic food, supplements, gentle...

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Winter Yin-spiration with Phoebe

Winter Yin-spiration with Phoebe

Winter is a time for slowing down, rugging up in your cosy woolies, drinking warm mugs of tea and nourishing yourself inside and out. When the colder and darker months approach us, we often do...

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Salted Caramel Cake

Salted Caramel Cake

Vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free Ingredients  Makes one layer of the cake Base 1/2 cup x almonds 1/2 cup x cashews or macadamia (or mixture of both) 1/2 cup x cacao powder 1 cup x soaked dates...

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Cocoa v Cacao

Cocoa v Cacao

What's the difference between Cadbury chocolate and the chocolate we make? A few different reasons but one of them being cacao! The difference between cocOA and cacAO is simple.  Raw cacao is made...

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Mushroom and Lentil Hot Pot

Mushroom and Lentil Hot Pot

Vegan, vegetarian Serves 5 I had it with purple sweet potato mash, beans & toasted sourdough Since cutting out meaty things from my diet I always thought it would be such a mission to make rich...

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Sesame Treats

Sesame Treats

Sesame is highly regarded in Ayurveda for its powerful rejuvenative qualities on Vata dosha. This nourishing seed has long been used for its grounding and warming effects on the body and...

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Book: 12 Rules for Life

Book: 12 Rules for Life

By Jordan Peterson, reviewed by Paul von Bergen # Warning: We have had reports that some people are offended by some of the things that this author has said in public. We make no judgement or...

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Raw Cherry Bites

Raw Cherry Bites

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free I’ve never really been a fan of Cherry Ripes… Not sure if that's because they taste like plastic/processed cherries or what. But I do love real cherries and...

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How well do you AUM?

How well do you AUM?

AUM is one of the most recognisable mantras in Eastern philosophy, it has amazing benefits and makes you feel so good when you chant it! Read on to learn more about this magical sound... Did you...

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Stuffed Capsicums

Stuffed Capsicums

Gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free Ingredients (makes 10) 5 x red capsicum 1 1/2 x cups of quinoa 1 cup x kidney beans or one can x organic kidney beans 1/4 cup x cashews 1/2 cup x black olives...

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Bed Yoga with Larissa

Bed Yoga with Larissa

Yoga promotes a bounty of mind and body benefits, including things like strength, flexibility and stress relief... and we can do yoga without even leaving our bed. It’s all about finding ways that...

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Roast pumpkin with whole spices

Roast pumpkin with whole spices

Gluten free, vegan A perfect companion on those cold winter nights! Ingredients  1 x medium size Jap (Kent) pumpkin 1 tsp x coriander seeds 1 tsp x fennel seeds 1 tsp x cumin seeds 1 tsp x fenugreek...

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Raspberry Mousse Cups

Raspberry Mousse Cups

Gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free Ingredients 1 cup x frozen raspberries 1/2 cup x cashews 1 can x coconut cream 4 tbsp x maple syrup 1/2 tsp x vanilla 1/4 cup x melted coconut oil juice and...

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Book: This Naked Mind

Book: This Naked Mind

Wow - this book is a game changer. This is going to do for alcohol what the Alan Carr book did to help millions of people come off the crazy addiction of smoking. I highly recommend listening to the...

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Two Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

Two Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

This summer is set to be a hot one. Host Phoebe has provided two ways that you can beat the heat using tried and tested yogic techniques. Sitali Breath During these hot, steamy summery days and...

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Book: Making Peace Before You Eat

Book: Making Peace Before You Eat

We might be a little bit biased, since Angie used to be a chef at Billabong, but we think that this is one of the best cookbooks out there. More than just a cookbook, Making Peace Before You Eat...

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Tips for a Conscious Christmas

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...

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Meditation According to Tash

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...

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Watch your Words

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...

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Self-Abdominal Massage: Why and How?

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...

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Book Review: Lost Connections

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...

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Edamame and Brown Rice Salad

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...

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Self Love with Larissa

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...

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Pesto Mushrooms with Herbed Chilli Oil

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...

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Tash’s Ratatouille

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...

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Raw Vegan “Joyous” Jaffa Balls

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...

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Book: Wholesome Child

Book: Wholesome Child

A fantastic book for all parents out there that would love to incorporate more healthy food into their child's diet. Mandy Sacher is passionate about feeding whole foods to even the fussiest of...

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End of Winter Wellness Ritual

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...

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Activated Buckwheat Granola

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...

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Billabong Mighty Spread

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...

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Book: The Untethered Soul

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...

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Meditation for Sleep

Meditation for Sleep

Sometimes it's hard to fall asleep, the body and mind probably feel tired, but once in bed, the mind continues to race and keep us awake. For those times, try this meditation which can be done in...

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Documentary: Brain Games

Documentary: Brain Games

Brain Games is a Netflix documentary looking at how our brains affect our reality. We recommend Season 4 Episode 1 which is a brilliant short film aimed at kids and adults alike about how our brains...

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Spicy Baked Eggs

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)...

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Roast Pumpkin Hummus

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...

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Mindful Eating

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...

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Zesty Basil & Almond Pesto

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,...

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Meet our new Retreat Host Phoebe

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,...

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Seeded loaf

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...

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Stuffed eggplant on leek puree

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...

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Balancing Kitchari

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...

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Si’s Mediterranean Spiced Olives

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...

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Morning Elixir

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,...

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Book: Loving What Is

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...

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Vegan Salted Caramel Slice

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...

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Golden-Spiced Coconut Chai Elixir

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...

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Thai Sweet Potato Patties

Thai Sweet Potato Patties

Thai Sweet Potato Patties Ingredients 3 x medium sweet potato grated (skin can be left on if organic) 2 tablespoons x coconut oil zest x 1 lime 2 x large leaves of silverbeet finely chopped 2 x...

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Raw Tiramisu

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...

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Top Three Books: Pregnancy Yoga

Top Three Books: Pregnancy Yoga

Here are 3 books our yoga teachers recommend for all the pregnant goddesses Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth by Margo Shapiro Bachman M.D Yoga Mama: The...

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Quinoa Salad

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...

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Book: Sapiens

Book: Sapiens

This book gives a great understanding of how us humans evolved and the biological and cultural history that has shaped each and every one of us today. Once you fully understand where you come from...

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Apple & Cinnamon Chia Porridge

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...

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Raw Carrot Cake

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...

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Book: You Can Heal Your Life

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...

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Dal-licious Dal

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...

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Zucchini, Fig and Apple Loaf

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...

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Cacao, Berry and Quinoa cake

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...

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Kiwi, Avocado and Lime slice

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...

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Womens Day June 17

Womens Day June 17

Women's Day tried a Weekend of Wellness "No longer just for celebs, wellbeing breaks are more a ordable and accessible than ever before"

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