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What is Yoga by Paul von Bergen

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...

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Travel Insider Best Retreats

Travel Insider Best Retreats

We are pleased to be featured on Travel Insider as one of Australia's best retreats! http://travelinsider.qantas.com.au/experiences/stay-fit-and-relax/australia-s-best-wellness-retreats

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Archie’s Raspberry & Coconut Cake

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...

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Spiced Chai

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...

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Creamy Sweet Potato Dahl

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...

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Winter Pumpkin and Chicken soup  

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...

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Delicious Fudge

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....

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CEO Magazine June 2016

CEO Magazine June 2016

A wellness sanctuary just outside of Sydney provides all the right ingredients to help guests reassess the way they’ve been hurtling through life. PR -...

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Raspberry Choc Coconut Spelt Slice

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...

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Pumpkin Soup

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...

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Dear Body

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...

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Lemon Avocado Pudding

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...

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Chocolate Sesame Cookies

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...

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Parsley Tahini Dressing

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,...

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Choc-banana Cake

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...

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Massaged Kale and Carrot Salad

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....

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Newcastle Herald Weekender

Newcastle Herald Weekender

Inside the chill-out zone A collection of private treehouses overlooking two billabongs is the ideal set-up for a peaceful holiday, writes ALYSSON WATSON. pr-newcastle herald

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Kale and Broccoli Soup  

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...

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Golden Milk

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...

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How to do Mantra Meditation

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...

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Flourless orange and chia seed cake 

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...

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Blueberry Chia Porridge

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...

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Lemon & Spice Carrot Soup

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...

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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...

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Celebration Chocolate Beetroot Cake

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...

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Easy Lemon Curd Cheese Cake

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...

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Pumpkin Frittata

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...

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Beetroot Salad

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...

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Spicy Pumpkin & Apple Cake

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...

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins

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...

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Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

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...

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Raw Gluten free muesli

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...

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Black Sticky Rice and Spinach Pie

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...

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Billabong Vegetable Curry

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...

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Gluten Free Buckwheat  Pancakes

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,...

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Daddy’s Special Eggy Breakfast

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...

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Billabong Toasted Granola

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...

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Creamy Breakfast Porridge

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...

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Stewed Organic Pears

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.  ...

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Organics at Billabong Retreat

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...

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Red Kidney Bean Stew

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...

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Haz’s Coconut Dahl

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...

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Healing from Cancer

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...

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Rainbow salad

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...

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Coconut Cacao Brittle WOW!

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...

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Lotus Dreaming Poem by Tory

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...

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Raw cacao and almond meal bliss balls

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...

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Tory’s Gluten Free Muffins – Yum

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...

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Magnesium, the Miracle Mineral

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...

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Nut roast w gravy

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,...

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Reuse Water Bottles

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...

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Tory’s Veggie Stack with Nut Mince

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...

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Tory’s Thai Pumpkin Soup

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...

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A Beautiful Thing…

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...

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City Life by Paul von Bergen

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...

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Great Images

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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