An important part of The Life Delicious curriculum is movement in community, so of course I was thrilled to write about some awesome group workouts happening in Vancouver for Montecristo magazine!
An important part of The Life Delicious curriculum is movement in community, so of course I was thrilled to write about some awesome group workouts happening in Vancouver for Montecristo magazine!
It's July! I hope you're having a beautiful summer.
It's been a while – again.
Even though I've moved nearly two dozen times in my life, it's always a transition that's high in energy consumption.
It's been an interesting journey (including some tears and fury) to start over again on the home front (we moved in May).
The biggest challenge has been re-creating my daily rituals and sacred spaces:
It’s almost 12 weeks post-move and I’m so grateful to finally be back in the swing of things.
Transitions can be tough. They require extra energy, patience, curiosity and flexibility.
I feel doubly in transition as not only has my home changed, my body is changing too!
At 6 months pregnant, I’m feeling great – happily past the first 4 very challenging months.
I’m so happy to have my rituals back in place these last 3 months before the baby comes.
I know the arrival if this amazing little person will create what’s sure to be one of the biggest transitions of our lives!
How do you navigate transition?
Do you honour yourself with a grace period and accept that extra energy, patience, curiosity and flexibility are likely necessary?
As always, I’m delighted to share this latest edition of TLD Intel. I hope you’ll find a few new tools (or reminders) to help you navigate life’s inevitable transitions.
September 15 - 17: Get Delicious Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Whistler, BC - Grand in scale, intimate by nature, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler epitomizes the mountain spirit and is the perfect place to add some spark to your daily routines while offering great relaxation and nourishment. The Get Delicious Wellness Retreat is designed to help you lay the foundation for personal mastery and holistic success.
September 29 - October 1: The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress
Victoria, BC - Renewed heritage, modern luxury. At the Fairmont Empress Luxury Wellness Retreat, you'll be pampered with nutritious meals, exclusive access to the brand new Willow Stream Spa, luxury accommodations and guided workouts, while you devote time, energy and attention to YOU. We’re bringing you the best possible tools to help guide you on a path of health, happiness and productivity.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler Launches Inspired Wellness Retreat
September 15 to 17, 2017
Whistler B.C. - Get Delicious with Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and lifestyle guru Catherine Roscoe Barr. Refresh and renew in this immersive and luxurious alpine weekend, experiencing the restorative science of health, happiness and productivity.
Grand in scale, intimate by nature, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler epitomizes the mountain spirit and is the perfect place to add some spark to your daily routines while offering great relaxation and nourishment.
Catherine will lead twenty lucky participants in a mental and physical "reset" that provides the tools to feel good every day despite the demands of a fast-paced world.
Created by Catherine Roscoe Barr, The Life Delicious is a simple and efficient template based on neuroscience and mindfulness to help you hardwire habits that best serve your life.
Its proprietary curriculum includes powerful, in-depth modules on the key principles of:
These principles can radically change your life if put into practice.
The Get Delicious weekend retreat includes two nights of luxury accommodation at Four Seasons Resort Whistler and is $1,350 for single occupant and $1,250 per person on double occupancy. Also included in the price is all meals, mind and body sessions, activities and special amenities.
Pre and post event rates are available to extend your stay, deepen your retreat experience, and take full advantage of the world-class SPA at Four Seasons Resort Whistler including the serene outdoor pool deck, and spectacular natural surroundings.
Come a day early to decompress and prepare mind, body and spirit for the transformative journey ahead; and embrace the power of integration by staying an extra night to let the education absorb and your intentions gain clarity.
About Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler:
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is one of North America's top mountain resorts having been named Whistler's only Forbes Five Star Resort. In addition to world-class skiing, this award winning Four Seasons Mountain Resort offers the ultimate year-round getaway in an enviable location, as well as fine dining, luxurious spa retreats and après ski offerings. With the Resorts' signature amenities and renowned, personalized service, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is in a class of its own among mountain destinations.
As the world's leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 105 properties in 43 countries. For more information on Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler visit www.fourseasons.com/whistler or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Catherine Roscoe Barr:
Founded by Catherine Roscoe Barr, The Life Delicious provides wellness education, empowerment and strategy through writing, speaking and coaching services. Catherine has a BSc in neuroscience and 15 years as a wellness professional; certified as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, older adult specialist and coach practitioner.
She is recognized for her enthusiastic expertise on wellness, food, drink, travel and sustainability, she's been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs.
Would you love to just be handed a simple plan that could cure your overwhelm and allow you to live with energy and ease?
Enter the wellness retreat: an education for your mind, an invigoration for your body, and a transformation for your spirit!
The Life Delicious specializes in helping leaders develop the energy and discipline to operate at full capacity.
Our proprietary curriculum is presented as a simple and efficient template based on neuroscience and mindfulness to help you hardwire habits that best serve your life, and includes powerful, in-depth modules on:
Through this immersive and holistic curriculum, participants gain clarity on the steps necessary to live at a higher level, and leave with a personalized action plan plus ongoing private coaching to ensure their success.
A weekend away from the stresses of life to develop a strategic success plan is a small investment with a big payoff.
Energy fuels power, so energy management is a critical practice for transforming your personal power.
Imagine the container for your energy as a bucket. You need a full bucket to be your best self and affect the change you want to see in the world – in your family, at work, and in your community.
To fill your bucket, you must do two things: fill it up and plug any holes.
You will learn how to maintain a full bucket, by eliminating energy-zapping habits and prioritizing energy-building rituals.
Practicing regular energy audits will help you sustain optimal, powerful energy.
Whether you run a company, head a team, are a solo entrepreneur, or manage a family, you serve best when you’re at your best. But it takes time to discover (and nurture) what you need to operate at full capacity.
Invest in becoming a better leader, by investing in becoming a better you. Give yourself the time to discover and nurture exactly what you need. You must master mind and body to be the most effective leader you can be.
Do the responsibilities of life have you feeling frazzled? Is your attention scattered? Do you have trouble staying on task at work, or giving your complete attention to loved ones?
Learn the basics of brain science and create personalized hacks to channel your cognitive energy – so you can experience greater focus, greater productivity, and greater presence.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a seeker. Hungry for information. A consumer of new knowledge and tools. But what do you do with that information? Why do so many of us make the time to read books and listen to podcasts – but not actually use the information we gain? Imagine taking action on that great knowledge you possess!
Learn key implementation strategies to cultivate inspired action and launch you into a new stratosphere of success.
Do you skip meals? Overindulge in sweets? Consume too much?
How’s that affecting your energy?
Do you maintain a steady level of focus, patience and creativity throughout the day? Or do you struggle with shaky highs and unproductive lows?
There’s a beautiful balance between nourishment and indulgence. Learn how to create this balance in your life by developing an easy-to-follow weekly nourishment plan.
Simple movements – that require little time and minimal or no equipment – can significantly shift the energy dynamic in your body.
To boost the flow of energy, maintaining expansive posture and weaving movement throughout your day are musts.
Learn an effective, efficient toolkit of exercises and activities to stoke your inner fire and expand your personal power – and help you feel amazing in your body.
It’s time to prioritize sleep. Vibrant health, authentic happiness, and super-charged productivity depend on it.
And if you’re going to invest around 8 hours each day, there better be a lucrative return on your investment – right?
If you begin with a PM ritual of just 15 minutes, you can transform the quality of your sleep.
Learning to balance key hormones will put you in a position to fall asleep better, stay asleep better, and wake up feeling refreshed – and you can use those first 15 inspired minutes of the day to charge up your energy and achieve the success you desire with a powerful AM ritual.
Invest in a wellness retreat so you can receive the support, gain the clarity, and leave with the strategies to live your best, most energized life.
Inspired by the belief that "one day can change your whole life," Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver invites locals and Hotel guests to connect with their mind, body and soul with a week full of health and wellness activities – June 5 to 10 – all in support of Global Wellness Day.
The Hotel has partnered with Vancouver’s most in-demand wellness leaders to create an engaging line up of cutting edge fitness and wellness experiences for locals and guests.
I'm leading a wellness workshop – Power Posing: How Creating Powerful Posture Can Transform Your Life – on Wednesday, June 7 at 5:15pm!
What can you expect? You'll learn strategies to transform personal power using your body:
The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is marking Global Wellness Day with a week-long tribute to good health, so you can also experience:
Visit the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver website for more information and to register for these FREE events, plus follow along using the hashtagS #FSWellness and #GlobalWellnessDay.
I’m back! Apologies for the interruption in this monthly service.
It’s been an interesting year so far.
Business, wonderfully, has been busier than ever, but our landlord is selling our rental apartment so not only have we spent a lot of time looking for and securing a new home, we’ve had to clean, de-personalize and vacate our space on a weekly basis, for three consecutive months, with the dog, rain or shine, for open houses and showings.
Plus, I’m pregnant (due November)! So I’ve had less energy and more nausea than ever.
Thankfully, things are on the up and up.
We bought a new home, and take possession tomorrow!
And, finally through my first trimester, I’m feeling more energetic and (hopefully) past the nausea.
I’m really excited about this latest edition of TLD Intel. I truly hope these little roundups serve you and provide you with the education and tools to take ACTION in creating your best life!
May 7 | Winspiration Day Vancouver | Vancouver, BC
Winspiration Day is an annual, globally celebrated day dedicated to wellness and personal power. This year's theme is BE INSPIRED! BE INSPIRING!
I'm very excited to be the closing keynote speaker, and honoured to share the stage with some incredible speakers and performers.
Join us on Sunday, May 7 from 2-5pm at the Westside Grand!
Tickets are just $25 and include door prizes, livestreaming with Winspiration Day Los Angeles, food and drink provided by local community sponsors, and a special musical surprise.
Seating is limited to 150 attendees, so don't delay!
June 2-4, 2017 | The Galiano Island Retreat | Galiano Island, BC
An intimate setting, a stunning location, phenomenal food and over 48 hours that are all about YOU.
Over the weekend – at a stately residence with a private chef – you’ll explore the science of mind-body-spirit success as you learn about the 5 pillars of holistic wellness – mindset, movement, nutrition, sleep and connection.
Through lecture, discussion, and individual exploration, you’ll leave this retreat with a personalized action plan to ensure you practice these simple, powerful rituals that will elevate and transform your life.
This exclusive, ladies-only event is limited to 12 participants. Sign up today!
September 29 - October 1, 2017 | The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress | Victoria, BC
Come with an accountability partner and save on double occupancy – perfect for couples, business partners, mothers and daughters, and friends!
Renewed heritage, modern luxury. Join us as the completely renovated Fairmont Empress, with its brand new pool and health club, Willow Stream Spa, restaurants, and guest suites.
You'll learn the 5 pillars of holistic wellness as you put them into practice during this weekend event, with hourly movement breaks, energizing guided workouts, nutritious, thoughtfully-prepared buffet meals, and interactive lectures on stress management, productivity, sleep hygiene, connection and more.
This luxury, co-ed event is limited to 20 participants. Sign up today!
Only 12 spots for this intimate weekend getaway at a stately private residence, featuring a phenomenal personal chef!
The Galiano Island Retreat is Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4 and will include over 48 hours focused on YOU.
It's an intimate weekend to discover exactly what you need in your life.
It's a dedicated time to take ownership of your health and happiness.
It's an incredible opportunity to really discover what's serving you, and what isn't.
This exclusive, ladies-only event is limited to 12 participants. (Don't worry gentlemen, I've got some exciting events coming up that include you too!)
Choose from one of 5 private rooms, or bring your friends and have a proper girls’ sleepover in the Big Room (sleeps 4) or the Bunk Room (sleeps 3).
The Zenith House is a stunning private residence, with 9 bedrooms, a sprawling dining room table and expansive grounds, recently renovated with soothing hues and high-end finishes.
Your incredible private chef is Marika Richoz (@paprikamarika), who specializes in whole-foods-based, healthy cuisine, and has run the underground restaurant The Birds Nest for the past 7 years. After spending much of her 20's and early 30's behind a desk, while throwing dinner parties on the weekend, Marika got the idea to cook professionally after visiting an underground restaurant in Buenos Aires. Since 2010 she’s been hosting secret brunches and dinners, and offering private catering to celebrities, ski lodges and other exciting locales. She’s also the executive chef for FARMACIE plant-based long table dinners.
Your host is Catherine Roscoe Barr (@LifeDelish). With a BSc in neuroscience and 15 years as a wellness professional – certified as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, older adult specialist and coach practitioner – she's regularly featured on blogs, TV shows, podcasts and radio programs for her expert opinion on mental, physical and spiritual health. Acknowledged for candidly sharing her past struggles, she’s not only knowledgeable but has experienced the transformation from overwhelmed to empowered first hand. Since launching The Life Delicious holistic wellness curriculum, Catherine has helped hundreds of people transform their lives with this simple, sensible, science-based approach.
The Life Delicious’ mindfulness-based, holistic wellness curriculum is based on 5 pillars:
Over the weekend – from 12pm on Friday to 3pm on Sunday – we’ll explore the science of mind-body-spirit wellness as we learn about these 5 pillars, and through lecture, discussion and individual exploration you’ll leave with a personalized action plan to ensure you practice these simple, powerful tools that will elevate and transform your life.
There will be plenty of time to absorb this new knowledge as we hike Galiano Island's scenic trails, take to our mats for a sunrise stretch on the terrace, and sit silently with our journals penning a plan for our very best lives.
On March 18, I attended the Real Talk Summit, along with over 1,300 fellow entrepreneurs at the Vancouver Convention Centre, to learn from successful leaders that included RTS founder Connor Beaton, Saje Wellness co-founder Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, O2E Brands founder Brian Scudamore, Thinkific co-founder Greg Smith, AG Hair co-founder Lotte Davis, Archangel Summit founder Giovanni Marsico, Vayner Media CEO Gary Vaynerchuk – and the reason I chose to attend: Danielle LaPorte.
You likely know LaPorte as the author of The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul – two books that have had a great impact on me.
Her website, DanielleLaPorte.com, was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, and she was recently inducted into Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, “a collection of 100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.” Her new book, White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another, comes out May 16, 2017 (but you can pre-order it now!).
LaPorte kicked off the inaugural conference, which aimed to “pull back the curtain on entrepreneurship through real and raw conversations about what it takes to succeed in business, make an impact and elevate your brand.” She delivered.
Her words resonated deeply and I was thrilled to hear that someone so wildly successful operates first and foremost from a place of love.
Kindness and cash flow aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, operating from a place of love can boost your bottom line!
“My definition of success has everything to do with creative freedom and being of service. That’s it! Everything comes from that,” says LaPorte.
“Being a conscious business person – being of service – is often really inconvenient,” she says, but it’s worth it.
Inconvenience (discomfort) is often a cost of greatness – like the discomfort of getting up in the dark to run in the rain, the discomfort saying no when you know something that someone else wants from you isn’t in your best interest, or the discomfort of sitting down to write when you just don't feel like it.
If you’re familiar with The Life Delicious curriculum you know I’m a huge believer in the power of questions – constructive, empowering questions.
Your brain is an incredible question-answering machine and will answer any question you challenge it with.
Powerful questions to ask yourself ahead of business transactions are:
Let love guide you to greatness.
At the end of her talk, LaPorte took a few questions from the audience, and one young female entrepreneur asked how to keep pushing when the going gets tough.
LaPorte answered with constructive, empowering questions!
“Always go back to the why,” said LaPorte, “and ask yourself, ‘Am I broadcasting light into the world?’, ‘Am I choosing ease?’, ‘What am I really devoted to?’”
The word ease really stood out to me. It’s one of my new Core Desired Feelings!
The definition of ease is “the absence of difficulty or effort.”
My friend (and Desire Map Workshop facilitator) Jenny Xenos calls this “relaxing into your brilliance.”
LaPorte told us, “I’m working with my therapist on how to reprogram my nervous system for ease.”
Ah, yes! You can reprogram your nervous system for ease too.
“We’re so used to striving and working hard and proving ourselves through over-working, that we think hard is awesome,” says LaPorte. “We think hard is success. And it’s a lie. Because it’s not sustainable. There’s not a lot of joy in it.”
Joy. Another one of my CDFs!
“Joy is Power,” one of LaPorte’s #Truthbombs declares.
You can exert your power by choosing joy and ease. Are you choosing ease?
“Now, there’s a difference between ease and the easy way,” cautions LaPorte.
“This isn’t about shortcuts. This is about grace, this is about fulfilment, this is about letting things happen.”
“This is actually about being more productive – because you’re choosing ease. There’s no forcing.”
“When you force things, automatically anxiety comes with that. Ease is about paying attention to the cues that are showing up. It’s about reception.”
What are you trying to force? How can you choose ease and receptivity instead?
“You need to embrace uncertainty,” says LaPorte.
As a fan of the “Law of Detachment” – one of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success that states: “In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty… in the wisdom of uncertainty lies freedom” – her words rang true. I wanted to know more.
“Uncertainty – that’s where your creative edge lies,” says LaPorte. “If you think things are certain and predictable, you’re just in complete and utter denial about how life works. You’re going to be constantly resisting. You’re always going to be surprised. It’s going to create a lot of anxiety.”
“I like being lost for short periods of time. Confusion is really healthy. I consider it like creative tension.”
“Life is unpredictable, and sometimes disappointing because of that. And wildly fulfilling. You may as well just roll with it!”
“Creative flow will ebb. Sometimes it’s the winter of your creativity. When you feel the chill, it’s time to take an intentional break.”
Why are intentional breaks not celebrated and encouraged? Solitude and reflection fuel creativity.
What level of uncertainty can you find comfort in? “You have to know your threshold,” says LaPorte. “Are you risk averse or risk erotic?”
Another great question! Which are you?
For more of LaPorte’s insight, check out her new book, White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek:
“The book is about the conflict between a sincere spiritual path – like really seeking – and our addiction to self-improvement,” says LaPorte. “I think that self-help can turn into self-criticism, and I think we need to examine everything we’re doing that we’re calling a spiritual practice – and then come back to practices that really work for us, so we’re not doing them out of guilt, or to prove ourselves, or to get cosmic brownie points. We’re doing them because we’re really lit up, and for the right reasons. A devoted path is essential to fulfillment.”
With roundtrip flights from Vancouver below $850 CAD and the exchange rate in our favour, it’s an amazing time to travel to the UK.
Start your European vacation with a one-day wellness retreat on May 20 in the heart of London at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre, founded over 20 years ago, with a reputation for excellence in physiotherapy, Pilates, yoga, personal training, massage therapy and nutrition.
Splurge on a night or two at the fabulous Goring Hotel, right next door, or book a cozy Airbnb nearby. By foot, it’s only 5-minutes from our venue to Buckingham Palace, 15-minutes to Westminster Abbey, and 20-minutes to Big Ben and the Thames River.
You’ll leave this wellness retreat with the confidence and tools to:
How’s 2017 treating you? We’re almost through January!
As you’ve likely experienced too, I’ve had some ups and downs.
The ups have taken me to new heights of gratitude and joy, and the downs have reminded me of how very important self-care is – and how important is it to have self-care rituals hardwired in place to support you when you’re down.
I’ve never been more proud of the mindset, movement, fuel, sleep and connection practices I teach through The Life Delicious, or more motivated to continue learning so that I can share more powerful tools with you.
I hope you’ll enjoy this month’s roundup. Happy reading/listening/watching!
Join me at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for this Whistler Chamber’s Women of Whistler event, where I’ll be sharing The Science of Health, Happiness and Productivity (check out this sneak peek of my talk on their blog)!
(Movement breaks include a walk/run around Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour. PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Ardiel)
Only a few spots left for the Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress! Enjoy luxurious accommodations, decadently healthy meals and guided workouts, while you learn the tools to create an action plan for your very best life. Only $899 per person, double occupancy!
(Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre's neighbour, Buckingham Palace. PHOTO CREDIT: Lucy Hyslop)
Thanks to the best exchange rate in years, it’s an awesome time to travel to the UK! Begin your European adventure with a one-day retreat in central London at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre. I’ve partnered with WPPC’s head physiotherapist Clare Fone and award-winning journalist and yoga instructor Lucy Hyslop to help you eat, exercise, think and sleep better, as we guide you through science-based strategies and efficient workouts (including PhysYogaLates, yoga, and HIIT circuit training). This intimate one-day event is limited to 10 spots!
Read/heard/watched something awesome lately? Please share!
And if you have a friends in and around London, I’d be so grateful if you’d tell them about my wellness retreat at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre on May 20!
*$69 each or $349 for all 6 workshops (save $65)*
Friday, February 3 from 8am-11am at STRETCH Yoga Studio (180 E. Pender St.)
Don’t miss this key foundational workshop! One of the most simple and effective ways to tap into your personal power and transform your life is through the mindful practice of self-directed neuroplasticity. You can consciously hardwire healthy habits so they become woven into the fabric of your life.
Learn how to assess and reduce your overall stress inventory, and practice three simple mindset shifts to revolutionize the way you manage stress. Plus, gain personalized strategies to elicit your body’s amazing relaxation response to boost immune, digestive, reproductive and metabolic health, and cognitive function.
Friday, February 10 from 8am-11am at STRETCH Yoga Studio (180 E. Pender St.)
The human body is meant to move! You’ll start this workshop with a 60-minute workout that covers strength, cardio and flexibility, focusing on the development of functional movement and expansive posture.
It’s a big accomplishment to exercise every day, but even if you do, that still leaves 23 hours for sedentary behaviour (sitting, and even standing, still) to creep in. Research confirms that weaving physical activity throughout your day is one of the best things you can do for health, happiness and productivity. Learn the scary consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and create personalized strategies to start your own anti-sedentary revolution!
Thursday, March 2 from 6pm-9pm at The Profile (200 - 375 Water St.)
One of the most powerful ways to develop mindfulness is through the practice of meditation. We’ll explore a number of different meditation styles plus meditation’s myriad benefits, including reduced mental turbulence, increased cognitive function, boosted self-healing, and greater connection to your inner wisdom.
Because your brain and body regenerate and repair while you sleep, it’s one of the most important practices for you to perfect. By adopting a life-changing set of AM/PM rituals you can ensure improved quality of sleep and the incredible benefits that follow.
Finally, you’ll learn the art of uni-tasking to create unprecedented productivity. Multi-tasking can elicit the stress response, burn through precious energy, and lead to decision overload. Three powerful tools can combat these effects.
Thursday, March 9 from 6pm-9pm at The Profile (200 - 375 Water St.)
Research suggests that a diverse emotional ecosystem is associated with greater mental and physical health, self-awareness and resilience. Learn how to recognize, honour and process your emotions, flow through the emotional spectrum, and gain effective strategies from the field of positive psychology to help you thrive.
On the flipside, discover how your brain’s negativity bias not only helps to keep you safe from physical harm but, unchecked, can become hyper-sensitive to “mental danger” – negative thoughts, false stories, worry, anxiety – and hold you back from experiencing productive confidence, galvanizing optimism and fulfilling social connections.
Friday, March 31 from 8am-11am at STRETCH Yoga Studio (180 E. Pender St.)
You are a remarkable machine that requires premium fuel! Learn joyful strategies to fuel mind, body and spirit that ban deprivation, include indulgence and consider the far-reaching consequences of what you put on your plate. Discover which foods, in which combinations, create optimal brain chemistry, and learn what the latest research says about nurturing the beneficial bacteria that make up your microbiome – and how these trillions of microbes affect immunity, metabolism, mood and cognition.
While our comprehensive detox plan will briefly look at your diet, beauty products and household cleaners, we'll primarily focus on the “invisible toxins” – mental stress, spiritual disconnect and disheartening relationships – that seriously sabotage wellbeing.
Friday, April 7 from 8am-11am at STRETCH Yoga Studio (180 E. Pender St.)
Don't miss this powerful workshop! You can truly transform your life when you take a holistic, inside-out approach to the relationship you have with yourself, others, and the world around you. Create a rock-solid foundation with these four pillars of self-love:
Self-knowledge requires developing mindfulness, strengthening intuition, and deepening physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental and spiritual connection.
To boost self-nurturing, you must discover what serves you, and what sabotages you – what fills you up, and what drains you – and, with that understanding, create and implement personalized brain hygiene, movement, and nutrition practices.
Practice self-forgiveness so you don’t waste time being stuck in the past. Transform guilt to growth, and propel yourself forward. Learn to shift your inner dialogue by addressing your inner critic and cultivating inner compassion.
Self-trust provides certainty that you can handle anything. Learn to boost this final pillar by cultivating your inner cheerleader, creating a personalized mantra and vision statement, and transcending self-inflicted upper limits.
It’s a hefty roundup this month! I came across so many things I wanted to share.
I hope the following resources will help you get excited to make 2017 the best year yet, and offer some inspiring insight on holistic wellness.
The Life Delicious holistic wellness curriculum – organized and offered in a brand new way!
The NEW “a la carte” workshop series offers the complete curriculum packaged in 6 x 3-hour events at convenient weekday morning and evening times in Chinatown and Gastown.
*$69 each or $349 for all 6 workshops (save $65)*
VISIT WWW.THELIFEDELICIOUS.CA to register.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Ardiel)
This February, join us at the Fairmont Empress Luxury Wellness Retreat for a weekend dedicated to creating personalized self-care strategies to live your BEST life! You only need to focus on yourself, as gourmet healthy meals, guided workouts, and luxury accommodations are all taken care of for you. Invest in discovering how you can boost happiness, reduce stress, sleep better, move better, fuel better, and transform mind, body and spirit.
Save on double occupancy when you bring a friend or lover! Visit WWW.FAIRMONT.COM/EMPRESS-VICTORIA to register today.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Aaron J. Barr)
Not only will The Weekend Retreat at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre – neighbouring Buckingham Palace – be incredibly inspiring and informative, with WPPC’s head physiotherapist Clare Fone and award-winning journalist and yoga instructor Lucy Hyslop (pictured with me above) as my co-teachers, it will be incredibly FUN! Take advantage of the great travel bargains to be had in the UK currently, and book your trip today.
Visit WWW.THELIFEDELICIOUS.CA to register today. ***Don’t wait – there are only 7 spots left***
Read/heard/watched something awesome lately? Please share!
I dabbled in meditation for years, at first thinking it wasn't for me (how the heck does one clear the mind?!), but then taking another look after reading a lot of compelling scientific evidence (meditation changes your brain for the better) and meeting people who practiced (I wanted the peace and presence they embodied).
The resources I've included in this story (books, apps, classes) have helped me deepen my practice and experience a wide range of incredible benefits, like presence, focus, self-awareness and greater productivity.
I hope they'll help you too!
If you know me, you know I’m a huge TED talks fan! I’ve been incredibly inspired by many of the videos I’ve watched and talks I’ve seen in person – and TEDxGastownWomen on October 29, 2016 was no exception!
This year’s theme: POWER.
10 speakers, 300 attendees and a team of volunteers gathered at The Imperial in Gastown for an inspiring day of WOMEN + POWER.
As you can imagine, it was awesome!
Here’s an excerpt about the event from my recent BCLiving article, 3 Must-see Fall Events for Personal Growth:
"TEDxWomen events are independently organized but must run within 24 hours of the official TEDWomen conference in San Francisco October 26-28 and feature a selection of simulcast segments from the TEDWomen event. Both events ‘celebrate the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers,’ says TEDxWomenGastown founder and executive director Brittany Whitmore.
‘For our second annual event, we’ve chosen the theme of Power. All 10 speakers and performers will explore the concept of power from a variety of angles – personal power, to be powerless, to reclaim power, the myths surrounding power, how one gains and loses it, and what it means to have it, especially in various cultures, professions and circumstances. Our speakers will be announced and tickets will go on sale later in September.’
‘I believe that it’s important to explore the concept of power, especially as women, because we need to realize how powerful we can be and the incredible impact we can have on our communities, families and the world,’ says Whitmore.
‘Research has shown that when women are provided with capital for a business, they are better shepherds of this capital and can make more thoughtful and fairer decisions. Even female politicians deliver greater resources to their districts and pass more bills. And women are responsible for nearly 80% of all consumer purchasing, giving us incredible power to vote with our wallets. It’s too often that women give up their power or believe that they’re not powerful. We need to change the stories that young girls are told.’
There were so many takeaways from the day – including exclusive video stream from the TEDWomen 2016 conference whose theme was “It’s About Time” – and such incredible energy from everyone in attendance.
Emelia Symington Fedy is the creator of real, raw personal essays at tryingtobegood.com, a freelance writer, host on Vancouver’s Roundhouse Radio, and guest host on CBC Radio.
Fedy, who calls herself a “social acupuncturist” – someone who pokes where it hurts to facilitate healing – believes that great power comes from telling the ugly truth: about being female, being a mother, being a citizen, being human.
I agree. Her talk inspired me to share more “ugliness” by becoming more vulnerable and authentic, because sharing your whole self helps others feel alone in their own struggles.
I appreciate it when my extraordinary girlfriends admit their lives are less than perfect and share their less-than-glamorous moments – in addition to their gorgeous Instagram feeds. I love both perspectives. I love the whole perspective.
And Fey's whole perspective is hilarious and liberating.
She says the light of social media is too fluorescent, and that it’s time to shine natural light on what it means to be human – a dichotomy of beauty and grotesqueness.
INVITATION: Share something that feels a little ugly, a little vulnerable, deliciously authentic with someone you trust, and witness what it brings.
Read Fedy’s post for TEDxGastownWomen, Power Talk, by clicking the image below:
Shirley Weir is the founder of MenopauseChicks.com, a platform that “cracks open the conversation” on menopause.
Menopause affects 100-percent of women, Weir points out! Yet there’s so must mystery, misinformation and trepidation out there about this completely natural phase of women’s lives.
Did you know that menopause is just one day? It’s the 12-month anniversary of your last period. Perimenopause, however, lasts up to 15 years before menopause!
When Weir began noticing changes she thought could be signs of menopause, her doctor told her she was too young.
Each woman is her own greatest advocate and when you know in your gut that something isn’t right, it’s up to you to relentlessly search for answers.
And, hopefully like Weir, you’ll empower other women by sharing your journey to make theirs a little less lonely, arduous and confusing.
MenopauseChicks.com is a resource for insight, experts and healthcare providers to help you navigate perimenopause, feel more empowered, and embrace the power you hold at this stage of life!
INVITATION: Share an unusual mental or physical change with someone you trust, and witness the permission you inspire in others to share themselves, and the powerful conversations that ensue.
Read Weir’s post for TEDxGastownWomen, When The Power Goes Out, by clicking the image below:
Barinder Rasode is the director of social responsibility at Resource Works, a board member for the Fraser Health Authority, co-founder of SheTalks, former Surrey mayoral candidate, and 2014 Vancouver Magazine Power 50 honouree.
As a woman, you may be familiar with a little barrier called the Glass Ceiling!
As a South Asian woman – whose powerful voice for social justice goes against cultural norms – Barinder Rasode has experienced a bigger barrier: the Double Glass Ceiling.
On her mission to affect positive change in the world, Rasode was elected Surrey city councillor in Surrey in 2008 – the first female South Asian city councillor in North America – and in 2014 ran for mayor, where she experienced discrimination due to her gender, race and marital status.
At TEDxGastownWomen, Rasode shared a powerful quote from Susan B. Anthony, a women's rights activist who lived from 1820-1906: “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Nimble in the way she exerts her positive influence – her power – Rasode now works with senior levels of government that influence natural resources and public health, and co-creates multiple annual conferences through SheTalks that focus on health and fitness, technology, leadership and resources, and inspire women to use their voices for good.
INVITATION: Use your voice to affect change where you see change is needed. Take space, create space and demand space where your voice needs to be heard.
Read Rasode’s post for TEDxGastownWomen, Winning Back Power, by clicking the image below:
There’s been a fair bit of bad, sad and unsettling news in my circle and in the world lately.
It’s taken extra energy to focus on positive and productive things, and to keep my chin up.
Learning about wellness, holistic success and self-mastery always give me a little boost. I hope this month’s intel does the same for you.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Ardiel)
The first Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress in September was one of the most incredible experiences of my professional life! There's something extraordinary about the complete immersion in a luxury setting, where every meal is exquisitely delicious and healthy, your bed is all yours and like a magical fluffy cloud, and you don't have to worry about a single thing except focusing on exactly what you need in your life (and what you don't), and creating a personalized action plan to ensure your battery overflows.
2017 Theme: Authenticity, Image & Power
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Not only am I excited to be part of WNORTH Conference 2017 as an attendee (this year's event was AMAZING), I'll be curating the conference meals at Nita Lake Lodge to optimize energy, vitality and productivity! PLUS, I'm totally thrilled to be of the main stage speakers, alongside Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, Dan Pontefract, Esther Ayorinde and Donna Burton.
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VITA Daily's Vancouver editor, the awesome Aurea Dempsey, joined us for the first Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress, September 30 to October 2, 2016.
"Before checking yourself into another ‘self help’ book, you’ll want to check yourself into something much, much better. We recently did just that, and are now counting down the days to do it all again. Here are the delicious details…"
The next Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress is February 17 to 19, 2017!
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I love hearing other people's takes on my holistic wellness curriculum, so I was beyond thrilled when the incredible Kate MacLennan, Lululemon's Global Editor, took time out of her fabulous life to join us for The Foundation Retreat earlier this year!
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The last two months have been hectic! I've had retreats, conferences, corporate workshops, private clients – and have been flying mostly solo with all of the household minutiae (laundry, dishes, keeping plants alive) while my amazing husband has been working overtime on a little film called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (in theatres December 16! i.e. the end of OT is in sight!).
I have never felt such wellsprings of gratitude in my life – for my family, my friends, my career, my health – but throughout this hectic period it's been a very conscious daily practice of reminding myself to prioritize self-care.
I'll admit, there's been at least one time when I've cried out of exhaustion and frustration. But it's a beautiful thing to give yourself permission to really feel your feelings and witness the energy shift that occurs when you allow your emotions to become energy in motion – an incredibly helpful concept I learned from the wonderful Dr. Divi, founder of the College of Mind Body Spirit Medicine.
When you don't honour your emotions and instead bury or mask them (everything is amaaazing! *silently cries on the inside while flashing a fake smile*) you're doing your mind, body and spirit a disservice.
Unprocessed mental pain can manifest as physical symptoms.
Plus, when your actions are out of alignment with the truth of how you're feeling, it's a real energy zapper! And if you, like me, are experiencing a hectic period in your life, you know that energy-zappers are a hard no, and that energy-building self-care practices are an absolute yes.
For me, an essential self-care practice is gaining new insight on personal mastery and sharing what I learn with kindred spirits – that's YOU!
I hope you'll find this month's intel helpful, interesting and inspiring. Happy reading/listening/watching!
(Photos: ItkasanImages for Victoria Buzz)
On September 30, 2016 I landed in Victoria, BC via Helijet to meet an extraordinary group of women for a truly wonderful weekend of self-care strategy at the Fairmont Empress Luxury Wellness Retreat.
The next Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress is February 17-19, 2017. Get on the waitlist here!
In our latest Mindful Book Club pick, Light is the New Black, author Rebecca Campbell asks what lights you up; and at a networking event I attended this week we were asked to think of our greatest skill and share it with 5 other people.
My answers go hand in hand: learning and teaching.
I love to acquire new knowledge, learn how to apply it, and teach it to others!
I hope you'll find this month's intel helpful, interesting and inspiring.
Join me in beautiful Victoria, BC for an all-inclusive weekend focused on filling your battery so full it overflows into your business and life.
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