FEATURED: A getaway for looking inward

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As someone who rushes through life at high speed, calendar packed and every moment accounted for, I don’t always have time (or make time) to reflect – or to plan.

But after a year of incapacitating back issues, new-to-me panic attacks and a general sense of feeling overwhelmed, it was time to take a breather.

So when I was invited to join a group of attendees at this all-inclusive weekend retreat hosted by Vancouver-based wellness coach Catherine Roscoe Barr, I signed up immediately.

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TLD September Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live The Life Delicious!

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Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

 

Back to school, back to work, back to business!

Don’t you just love September for it’s new-year, new-start vibe?

It's exciting to gain new knowledge that helps set even clearer intentions for how you want your life to be. 

As always, I get so much pleasure creating these roundups with you in mind!

I truly hope you get a few sweet nuggets out of the resources below, and are inspired to prioritize what you need in your life right now.

Happy reading/listening/watching!


Pressed for time? My top 3 picks:

  1. VIDEO: What’s a Nature Bath & When’s The Last Time You Took One?  |  Breakfast TV Vancouver
  2. ARTICLE: A getaway for looking inward  |  Globe and Mail
  3. PODCAST: 10 Wellness Getaway Lessons You Can Take Home  |  Best Health Magazine

Events:

September 29 - October 1 >>> The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Victoria's Fairmont Empress

*** Wednesday, September 27 is the last day to register ***

For a life-changing, weekend immersion in super-simple, science-backed tips on Mindset, Movement, Nutrition, Sleep and Connection, join us for the Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress!

You’ll learn how to create powerful, time-efficient rituals using The Life Delicious’ mindfulness-based template, and fill your battery so full it overflows into your business and life.


More wellness awesomeness:


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TLD September Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live #TheLifeDelicious, via @LifeDelish: http://www.thelifedelicious.ca/the-life-delicious/2017/9/26/tld-september-intel-a-monthly-roundup-of-intelligence-to-help-you-live-the-life-delicious

FEATURED: What’s A Nature Bath & When’s The Last Time You Took One?

Chatting about "Nature Bathing" with Breakfast TV Vancouver host Tara Jean Stevens

Chatting about "Nature Bathing" with Breakfast TV Vancouver host Tara Jean Stevens

Last week I spoke to Breakfast TV Vancouver host Tara Jean Stevens about "Nature Bathing" and shared a few tips on how you can easily incorporate healthy habits into your back-to-school/work routine to benefit your mental and physical health!

Watch the video below >>> 

 

Forest Bathing vs. Nature Bathing – what's the difference?

Forest bathing is translated from the Japanese shinrin yoku, which means, to take in the forest atmosphere with all of your senses.

 

Take in nature with all of your senses:

  • sight
  • smell
  • taste
  • hearing
  • touch

 

Nature Bathing expands the Forest Bathing philosophy to encompass all of nature:

  • forests
  • urban parks
  • tree-lined streets
  • seaside walks
  • sandy beaches
  • soily gardens
  • salty oceans
  • crashing waves
  • babbling brooks and rivers
  • serene lakes
  • crackling campfires
  • starry nights

 

Nature Bathing also includes our daily interactions with nature through:

  • the food we eat
  • the fabrics we wear
  • the beauty products we use
  • the design elements in our home
  • where we exercise

 

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science

Since the beginning of time, humans have sought out and benefited from the healing power of nature.

Many traditional cultures, like the Japanese, understand the incredible benefits to mental and physical health that come with being present and fully aware in beautiful, natural surroundings. 

Modern science is finally catching onto this ancient wisdom and providing data on why nature is so critical to our overall wellbeing.

Chronic stress is a significant detriment to our mental and physical health. 

Nature can provide an antidote. 

 

Nature Bathing decreases stress hormone cortisol and increases feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin

Spending mindful time in nature helps reduce stress.

It's like taking a little time-out from the chronic busyness and urgency of work and life. 

Chronically elevated cortisol levels can deplete our immunity, mess with our digestion, dull our libido, slow down our metabolism, and dampen our creativity.

Spending mindful time in nature boosts mood, and much more. 

Nature Bathing, especially the physically-active kind (walking, running, swimming, cycling, etc), increases serotonin, which has been shown to improve mood, digestion, desire, metabolism and cognitive function. 

 

Connect with nature through The Life Delicious' 5 pillars of wellness:

  1. Mindset
    • practice mindfulness (engaging all your senses in the present moment), which calms the nervous system and inspires creativity
  2. Movement
    • practice #GreenExercise: get outside and move your body any way you like
  3. Nutrition
    • practice connecting with your food by getting to know your farmers (or growing your own food!), and eating locally, in-season
  4. Sleep
    • practice dimming your lights or using candle light, and dimming or shutting down your screens (computer, phone, TV) as the sun sets
  5. Connection
    • practice connecting with nature (whether you're walking to school/work, or hiking in the wilderness): take off your shoes and feel the sand/dirt/grass between your toes; float in the ocean or a lake; inhale the spectacular smells; gaze at the moon and stars

 

Pre and Post Natal Exercise at Form Body Lab

 

Yaletown's Form Body Lab has been an important part of my prenatal team.

 

I first met Jessica Slonski, owner and founder of the Pilates, yoga, physiotherapy and massage studio, last year when she came highly recommended as an expert for a postnatal exercise story I was working on (see link below). 

Slonski was a professional dancer and teacher in Toronto before moving to Vancouver, attaining her Pilates certification from The Physical Mind Institute, and leveraging her understanding of proper body mechanics to specialize in mat work, apparatus, and pre- and post-natal Pilates.

 

Prenatal Pilates

Pilates has been the perfect addition to my prenatal exercise routine because of it's focus on posture, pelvic floor, expansive breathing, and core activation. 

"Practicing prenatal Pilates will improve pelvic support and can allow for a more speedy recovery after childbirth," says Slonski, who leads a team of more than a dozen experienced Pilates and Yoga instructors, physiotherapists and registered massage therapists (RMTs).

Speedy recovery after childbirth? Yes, please!

"It may also help prevent injuries that are associated with the incredible process of growing a child and giving birth," she says. "Through supported workouts and poses, prenatal Pilates can be used to maintain good posture and alleviate recurring aches and pains associated with pregnancy." 

"Prenatal Pilates also focuses on breathing and relaxation. As your baby grows, it is important to maximize rib expansion to allow for easier breath, while relaxation is particularly important in the pelvic floor to allow for the necessary expansion during birth."

Form Body Lab offers private prenatal sessions (highly recommended – I did 3 before joining the classes, and continue to check in) plus 6-week Mat and Reformer group series. 


Postnatal Pilates

Pilates will be the perfect addition to my postnatal exercise routine because of the aforementioned prenatal reasons (posture, pelvic floor, expansive breathing, and core activation). 

"After childbirth, postnatal Pilates can help new mothers strengthen and recover from the incredible stresses that pregnancy and giving birth can have on the body," says Slonski.

"Having a child is a miraculous event but this process is hard on your pelvic floor and it will require rehabilitation."

In the postnatal story I mentioned above (see link below), Slonski shares tips on:

  • adjusting to postpartum
  • healing the body
  • improving sleep
  • shedding baby weight
  • speeding recovery

Plus, she shares 5 equipment-free exercises you can do anywhere, anytime to "target the areas new moms can struggle with the most": 

  • pelvic floor
  • abs
  • glutes
 

TLD August Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live The Life Delicious!

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Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

 

I hope you’ve been soaking up a little sun, fun, and summer serenity!

Our summer has been jam-packed with incredible long weekend adventures, and productive short weeks at work.

Water is the theme that’s tied everything together – we’ve tried to dip our bodies in as many bodies of water as possible, from swimming in the ocean, to paddling around lakes, to icy-cold dunks in refreshing rivers.

Now in my 7th month of pregnancy, the weightlessness and invigoration of swimming feels like total bliss, and the feeling is significantly heightened by the natural environments we’ve traveled to.

What are you doing to elicit bliss? It’s so important to make time for bliss!

I hope this month’s edition of TLD Intel with give you a boost of inspiration to create space for mind-body-spirit invigoration in your life.
 

Happy reading/listening/watching!

 



Events

September 15 - 17 >>> Get Delicious Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Reset mind, body and spirit this September at Whistler’s only Forbes Five Star resort with a pampering, transformative, all-inclusive weekend that guarantees you’ll leave with the tools, tenacity and drive to take action in creating the life you desire.  

 

September 29 - October 1 >>> The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Victoria's Fairmont Empress

Treat yourself to a luxurious weekend of self-discovery, self-care and inspired action. Get unstuck and catapult your life to the next level! Following a dramatic $60 million transformation, the Fairmont Empress boasts a revitalized pool and beautifully renovated Willow Stream Spa – with exclusive access and treatments for retreat participants.


 

Read/heard/watched something awesome lately? Please share!

 

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TLD August Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live #TheLifeDelicious, via @LifeDelish: http://www.thelifedelicious.ca/the-life-delicious/2017/8/23/tld-august-intel-a-monthly-roundup-of-intelligence-to-help-you-live-the-life-delicious-1  

FEATURED: How to Lead a Life Delicious

This September (15 to 17, to be exact), the Four Seasons Resort Whistler is teaming up with health and wellness coach and creator of The Life Delicious Catherine Roscoe Barr for a wellness retreat that aims to teach participants how to make healthy habits stick for good—in a beautiful alpine setting, to boot.

Sign up for this special retreat here, and get some pre-event fall wellness insights and tips (hint: forest bathing!) from Catherine in our Q&A, below!


The Get Delicious Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Whistler is September 15-17, 2017!


Get Delicious Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a Reset for Mind, Body and Spirit

Reset mind, body and spirit this September with the Get Delicious wellness retreat at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. 

Featuring the gift of healthy habits, a Kit and Ace pop-up and treats for participants, September 15 to 17, 2017

 

Whistler’s only Forbes Five Star resort has partnered with lifestyle guru Catherine Roscoe Barr to offer a pampering, transformative, all-inclusive weekend that guarantees guests leave with the tools, tenacity and drive to take action in creating the lives they desire.  

Grand in scale, intimate by nature, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler epitomises the mountain spirit and is the perfect place to add spark to daily routines while offering great relaxation and nourishment.

Roscoe Barr employs her feel-great energy and passion for progress with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and 15 years as a wellness professional to design customized retreats that take participants to life’s next level.

Roscoe Barr’s in-depth modules on mindset, movement, nutrition, sleep and connection paired with the calming setting, delicious cuisine and overall Zen of Four Seasons Resort Whistler ensure a successful integration.

(IMAGE: Kit and Ace)

(IMAGE: Kit and Ace)

Four Seasons and the Get Delicious retreat is also teaming up with Kit and Ace, Vancouver-based technical apparel retailer, to further enhance the experience.

The wellness-minded company will be staging a one-day Kit and Ace pop-up shop on site at Four Seasons Resort Whistler on September 16 as well as treating Get Delicious participants to some special Kit and Ace goodies, including a 60-day complimentary trial of their mindfulness app WHIL, and a retreat-themed welcome gift.

Additional goodies from feel good brand Saje Natural Wellness will also be gifted to Get Delicious participants to further ignite and inspire guests.

A weekend away from the stresses of life to develop a strategic success plan is a small investment with a big payoff.

Adopting efficient and motivating tools that address energy management, focus, action, nourishment, metabolic jumpstarts and sleep hygiene in a gorgeous natural setting are seven reasons Roscoe Barr promises that a committed weekend really can change a life.

This all-inclusive weekend retreat includes 2 nights of luxury accommodation at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, The Life Delicious curriculum, 6 delicious meals from Executive Chef Eren Guryel, valet parking, and special amenities. 



Book this life-changing weekend and Get Delicious at Four Seasons Resort Whistler by calling 1-888-935-2460.   

FEATURED: Wellness Guru Hosts Luxury Retreat at Victoria's Fairmont Empress

Boulevard Magazine, Victoria - June/July 2017 Issue  

It’s easy to feel intimidated when you meet Catherine Roscoe Barr, wellness guru at Vancouver’s The Life Delicious.

She has a BSc in neuroscience, is probably the only person left who refuses to own a microwave, crafts her own organic and local homemade menus, is an ambassador for SPUD.ca, and commands any room with confidence.

But spend three days on one of her luxury retreats and you’ll see she is anything but intimidating – the Instagram star is approachable, passionate and honest. 


 

The next Luxury Retreat At Fairmont Empress is September 29 - October 1, 2017!


The power of strategic repetition to hardwire transformative habits

 

One of the things that gets me up every morning is my fascination with our disconnect.

Every single one of us struggles with some form of disconnect.

We want things, and we know what we need to do to achieve those things… yet we don’t take the appropriate actions consistently to see the results we want to see.

Why is that? Fascinating, right?!

 

We know we should think better. Yet we don’t.

We know we should eat better. Yet we don’t.

We know we should move better. Yet we don’t.

We know we should sleep better. Yet we don’t.

We know we should use time better. Yet we don’t.

 

The Life Delicious curriculum is designed to combat this exact problem – to systematically build a bridge that overcomes your disconnect.

The curriculum facilitates the hardwiring of specific habits, so you can struggle less and achieve more.

These transformative habits cover 5 different pillars:

  1. Mindset
  2. Movement
  3. Nutrition
  4. Sleep
  5. Connection

 

Through strategic repetition, students learn concepts on a very deep level that's able to transcend their normal resistance to change.

When we can learn to recognize how resistance feels in our body and in our mind, we can identify that feeling and choose to move through it, rather than shrink away from it and stay stuck in our unhelpful patterns.

 

Human nature is to move toward pleasure and away from pain.

Thinking better, eating better, moving better, sleeping better, and using time better can feel painful because changing our behaviour is uncomfortable.

If we’re not mindful of how we’re feeling, we can unconsciously label all feelings of discomfort as pain, and fail to grow by failing to take action.

 

Often, what lies on the other side of discomfort (getting out of bed to exercise, choosing our words more carefully, making a healthier nutrition decision) is great pleasure (feeling fantastic in our body, acting with compassion, having wellsprings of energy).

If we can learn to question discomfort, get curious about it, and recognize when it’s in our best interest to push through it, we can grow, expand, transform, and achieve our dreams!

 

Transformative habits aren't tricky or grand. Their power lies in small changes consistently practiced over time, with strategic repetition.

 

Step 1: Learn

The Life Delicious curriculum offers in-depth modules on mindset, movement, nutrition, sleep, and connection.

Students learn tools to balance their brain's negativity bias with a more positive outlook, to practice a growth mindset instead seeing life through the lens of guilt, and to monitor their mindset toward stress and its impact on their cognitive function, immunity, digestion, reproductive health and sex drive, and metabolism. The importance of balancing both exercise and physical activity are also explored, as are menu planning, mindful eating, sleep hygiene, brain hygiene, productivity and connection.

>>> Make a habit of learning new information, but be mindful that it’s only the first step of transformation.

 

Step 2: Think

One drawback to self-study is not giving yourself enough time to process the information you've learned.

Have you ever read a book or article and thought, “that's amazing, I should do that!”... and then never actually done it?

In a retreat setting, time is specifically set aside to give students space to process what they've learned and practically apply those tools to their own lives.

>>> Make a habit of giving yourself time to think about new information to help you absorb it. Create space to think – even 1 minute counts.

 

Step 3: Write

A powerful follow-up to thinking is writing.

When you're tasked with thinking and then translating thoughts into words on the page, you process information on a deeper level.

Every participant at The Life Delicious retreats receives a comprehensive workbook and journal to write in, to facilitate a process called self-directed neuroplasticity, which is the mindful sculpting of new brain connections – i.e. the hardwiring of transformative habits.

Begin your own Mood, Food & Fitness Journal! Check out 5 Tips For A Powerful Journaling Practice to get started. 

>>> Make a habit of writing down how your thoughts, words and actions make you feel, and give yourself space to process new information through the written word.

 

Step 4: Speak

Group discussion is an integral part of The Life Delicious retreats.

Participants take in new information, think about how it applies to their own life, write down their thoughts, and then share those thoughts with others, which not only facilitates even deeper learning, it gives everyone insight into new and novel ways to practice the material covered.

Everyone’s personal experience is unique, and everyone can learn from each other.

This multi-level processing helps ingrain the exact tools each participant needs in their life at present.

>>> Make a habit of sharing new information with a friend, family member or colleague. By explaining your unique insight, you’ll not only solidify it in your own mind, you’ll inspire others to get curious about habit formation too.  

 

Step 5: Reread

The last few hours of each retreat are dedicated to integration.

Participants are given the chance to sort through everything they've learned over the weekend, highlight what resonated most, circle trends, and create a personalized action plan of transformative habits.

>>> Make a habit of rereading your journal at least once a month to remind yourself of your intentions, to notice trends, and to keep yourself accountable to your dreams.

 

Step 6: Share

Once you’re witnessed, intentions are set in motion!

By sharing their action plan, participants create an energy of intention, accountability and community to practice the habits they've determined will best serve their lives.

>>> Make a habit of stating your intentions publicly – whether it’s to a friend, family member or colleague, on social media, or your blog.

 

Step 7: Practice  

Practice, practice, practice!

Change comes through action – you’ve got to do the work to see results!

Display your action plan somewhere visible so you’ll be reminded to practice your transformative habits most days.

>>> Tack an index card to your corkboard, place a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, write your habits down in beautiful script and frame them, jot them on a blank business card laminated with packing tape and put it in your pocket. Get creative with your visual reminders!

 

Step 8: Reassess

Private post-retreat sessions give participants accountability to help hardwire their new habits, and allow them to reassess their needs and wants.

>>> Make a habit of reassessing your habits two to six times a year. Are they still serving you? Are they practical to your lifestyle? How can you upgrade them to better serve your life?

 

 

These 8 strategic steps incorporated into The Life Delicious retreats are what make them such powerfully transformative weekends, truly giving participants the tools, tenacity and drive to take action in creating the lives they desire.

 

Don’t forget:

  1. Learn
  2. Think
  3. Write
  4. Speak
  5. Reread
  6. Share
  7. Practice
  8. Reassess

 


PUBLISHED: Unique Vancouver Workouts

(IMAGE: Arno Schurmans / Athlete. Artist. Activist / www.mynatureislynx.com)

(IMAGE: Arno Schurmans / Athlete. Artist. Activist / www.mynatureislynx.com)

 

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!


Read Unique Vancouver Workouts at montecristomagazine.com >>> http://montecristomagazine.com/community/unique-vancouver-workouts


What are your favourite group workouts in Vancouver? Please Tweet me @LifeDelish or comment on #TheLifeDelicious Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!!

TLD July Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live The Life Delicious!

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

 

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:

  • a beautiful, blacked-out bedroom that evokes serenity
  • a meditation space
  • an AM ritual space
  • a weekly exercise and movement routine
  • an inspiring, uncluttered home office
  • a clever kitchen that excites meal prep (and cleanup) 
  • an efficient route for errands
  • etc, etc, etc

 

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.

Happy reading/listening/watching!

 

Pressed for time? My top 3 picks:


Events:

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.  


 

More wellness awesomeness:

  1. ARTICLE: “No” is the New “Yes”: Four Practices to Reprioritize Your Life  |  Harvard Business Review  
  2. VIDEO: Sheryl Sandberg on Life After Loss  |  Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday
  3. ARTICLE: Why exercise is the best medicine for your brain  |  LA Times
  4. ARTICLE: To age better, eat better  |  Harvard Gazette
  5. ARTICLE: How To Be A Better Friend, Even When You’re Busy  |  Fast Company
  6. ARTICLE: The Best Thing to Eat Before a Workout? Maybe Nothing at All  |  New York Times
  7. ARTICLE: 10 Surprising Ways Meditation Rewires Your Brain for Higher Consciousness and Health  |  Conscious Lifestyle Magazine
  8. ARTICLE: To Train an Athlete, Add 12 Minutes of Meditation to the Daily Mix  |  New York Times
  9. ARTICLE: The Japanese skill copied by the world: Mindfulness  |  BBC Travel
  10. ARTICLE: 'Forest Bathing': How Microdosing on Nature Can Help With Stress  |  The Atlantic

 

Read/heard/watched something awesome lately? Please share!

 

Like this post? Share with your friends! Get social! >>>

 

TLD July Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live #TheLifeDelicious, via @LifeDelish: http://www.thelifedelicious.ca/the-life-delicious/2017/7/19/tld-july-intel-a-monthly-roundup-of-intelligence-to-help-you-live-the-life-delicious 

Get Delicious Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Whistler, September 15-17

Get Delicious!

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:

  • mindset
  • movement
  • nutrition
  • sleep
  • connection

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.  


To book your spot at the Get Delicious wellness retreat call 1-888-935-2460, or visit www.fourseasons.com/whistler



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 FacebookTwitter 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. 

 

7 reasons to invest in a wellness retreat

The Life Delicious founder Catherine Roscoe Barr (Credit: Michelle Ardiel)

The Life Delicious founder Catherine Roscoe Barr (Credit: Michelle Ardiel)

Are you trying to figure out how to achieve the dazzling success you desire while balancing family, work and life?

 

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:

  1. Mindset
  2. Movement
  3. Nutrition
  4. Sleep
  5. Connection

 

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.


7 reasons to invest in a wellness retreat right now:


1. Energy management: transform personal power

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.  

 

2. Leadership: operate at full capacity

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.  

 

3. Focus: boost productivity and presence

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.  

 

4. Implementation: take inspired action

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.  

 

5. Nourishment: fuel to energize mind, body and spirit

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.  

 

6. Metabolic jumpstart: stoke your inner fire

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.  

 

7. Sleep hygiene: create AM/PM rituals

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.  


 

Stop wasting time and energy feeling overwhelmed!

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.


Sign up for my FREE Global Wellness Day workshop at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - June 7, 2017

(IMAGE: www.aaronjbarr.com)

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:

  • expanding your body changes your physiology
  • expanding your body changes your psychology
  • expanding your body changes other's perception of you
  • key exercises to build expansive posture

*** please dress in workout gear as we'll be doing a mini workout***

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is marking Global Wellness Day with a week-long tribute to good health, so you can also experience:

  • Monday, June 5 at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm: Leading the kick off, the ultra-popular Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary will offer two rides each ending with a guided meditation. 
  • Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00 pm: Back by popular demand, the fiercely fun RSVP 33. Feel confident and empowered, and connect with the community through dance.
  • Wednesday, June 7 at 6:15 pm:  Press pause with Moment Meditation, Canada's first modern meditation studio. Using evidence-backed methods, their meditations are designed to help one get calm, get focused and get happy. 
  • Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 am: Discover Vancouver on foot with a morning jog lead by Ironman and Four Seasons Executive Chef Weimar Gomez. Locals and Hotel guests looking for an extra spring in their step complete with an insider's look at Vancouver are welcome to join in the fun. 
  • Friday, June 9 at 6:00 pm: The future is tight with Tight Club, a Chinatown outside-the-box boutique lifestyle studio centred on inclusion, team work, healthy competition, personal development and creative play with real life results. TC will be offering Tight Flight, a taste of all things that are Tight.
  • Saturday, June 10 at 9:00 am:  Set a great intention for the weekend ahead by joining in a sunrise yoga class led by Dr. Genieve Burley and the team at the lululemon athletica's Robson flagship store.  Followed by a grounding meditation lead by Carolyn Anne Budgell of Calm Rebel Meditation.  

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.

TLD April Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live The Life Delicious!

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

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!

Happy reading/listening/watching!

 

Pressed for time? My top 3 picks:

  1. VIDEO: Robert Waldinger’s TED talk, What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
  2. VIDEO: Tracy Thomson's TED talk, The Human Brain: Hardwired for Spirituality  
  3. ARTICLE: How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative  |  Forbes

Events:

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!

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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!

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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!


 

More wellness awesomeness:

 

Read/heard/watched something awesome lately? Please share!

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Danielle LaPorte on Entrepreneurship at the Real Talk Summit

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.

Love is my business model. I choose love in transactions. Compassion is a strategy.
— Danielle LaPorte

Her words resonated deeply and I was thrilled to hear that someone so wildly successful operates first and foremost from a place of love.


Following her opening keynote address, I had the chance to sit down with LaPorte for a private conversation on her tips for entrepreneurs.

Me and the cool, calm and fabulous Danielle LaPorte at the Real Talk Summit

Me and the cool, calm and fabulous Danielle LaPorte at the Real Talk Summit

 

1. Choose love as your business model

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:

  • Am I approaching this from a place of love and compassion?
  • Am I showing myself love and compassion?
  • Am I showing others love and compassion?

Let love guide you to greatness.

 

2. Choose ease

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?

 

3. Embrace uncertainty

“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.”


Follow LaPorte on Instagram and Facebook – plus catch her on the White Hot Truth book tour in New York City, San Francisco and LA this May and June, and at the Archangel Summit with Simon Sinek and Lewis Howes in Toronto this September. 

TLD January Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live The Life Delicious!

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

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!
 

Pressed for time? My top 3 picks:

Events


February 15: Whistler, BC >>> The Science of Health, Happiness and Productivity

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)! 


February 17-19: Victoria, BC >>> The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress

(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!  


May 20: London, UK >>> The One-Day Retreat at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre

(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! 
 



More wellness awesomeness:


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!

Like this post? Get social! >>>

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NEW wellness workshop series in Vancouver


The Life Delicious' NEW a la carte workshop series in Vancouver, BC offers my complete holistic wellness curriculum packaged in 6 x 3-hour events at convenient weekday morning and evening times in Chinatown and Gastown.

  1. February 3 – Hardwiring wellness: neuroplasticity and stress management 
  2. February 10 – Movement: exercise and the anti-sedentary revolution
  3. March 2 – Brain hygiene, sleep and productivity
  4. March 9 – Emodiversity, positive psychology and the negativity bias
  5. March 31 – Mind-body-spirit nutrition and detox
  6. April 7 – Radical self-love


VISIT WWW.THELIFEDELICIOUS.CA/RETREATS to register!

*$69 each or $349 for all 6 workshops (save $65)*


WORKSHOP 1. Hardwiring wellness: neuroplasticity and stress management

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.   

WORKSHOP 2. Movement: exercise and the anti-sedentary revolution

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!  
 

WORKSHOP 3. Brain hygiene, sleep and productivity

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.  
 

WORKSHOP 4. Emodiversity, positive psychology and the negativity bias

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.

WORKSHOP 5. Mind-body-spirit nutrition and detox

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.  

6. Radical self-love

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
  • Self-nurturing
  • Self-forgiveness
  • Self-trust

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. 
 


When you purchase all 6 workshops together, you'll be gaining The Life Delicious' entire holistic wellness curriculum – and save $65!

Visit www.thelifedelicious.ca/retreats to register.


 

TLD December Intel: A Monthly Roundup Of Intelligence To Help You Live The Life Delicious!

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

It’s a hefty roundup this month! I came across so many things I wanted to share.

Plus, I’m next-level excited to share details on my NEW 2017 offerings in Vancouver, Victoria and London, UK!

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.

Happy reading/listening/watching!

Pressed for time? My top 3 picks:

 

EVENTS: The Life Delicious’ NEW a la carte workshop series (Vancouver, BC)

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)*

  1. Hardwiring wellness: neuroplasticity and stress management
  2. Exercise and the anti-sedentary revolution
  3. Brain hygiene, sleep and productivity
  4. Emodiversity, positive psychology and the negativity bias
  5. Mind-body-spirit nutrition and detox
  6. Radical self-love

VISIT WWW.THELIFEDELICIOUS.CA to register.

 

EVENT: The Luxury Wellness Retreat at Fairmont Empress (Victoria, BC)  |  February 17-19, 2017

(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.

 

EVENT: The Weekend Retreat at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre (London, UK)  |  May 20-21, 2017

(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***

 

More wellness awesomeness:

 

Read/heard/watched something awesome lately? Please share!

Like this post? Get social! >>>

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PUBLISHED: 3 Simple Tools to Begin or Boost a Meditation Practice

Photo: Moment Meditation

Photo: Moment Meditation

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!


Read 3 Simple Tools to Begin or Boost a Meditation Practice at BCLiving.ca >>> http://www.bcliving.ca/health-fitness/3-simple-tools-to-begin-or-boost-a-meditation-practice