Our first retreat from Love Lemon Tree was a huge success!! Have a look at our blog below!
You can't really wake up to anything better! As the sun came out early in the morning, so did the overwhelming feeling of appreciation, our Eco-Therapy Yoga holiday had begun! The guests had arrived from Heathrow during the night, and they were all virgins of mountain life too, so an epic adventure was in store for all!! We were feeling super excited and all raring to go!!
The summer in the mountains is just mind-blowing, the contrast of the clean cut silver peaks on the skyline, to the emerald green lush carpet of the beautiful pine trees. There were beautiful meadows of wildflowers that were in full bloom, and the vast energy of nature was oozing around us.
“Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life…
~ Pema Chodron
Eco-Therapy Workshops: It was important to combine all the earthly elements around us, so for one of our eco-therapy inspired workshops I had planned we used nature as art. During our mindfulness walk, we went into the tranquil forest and we gathered our mandala materials these were objects that we could really feel connected to.
First to establish a sacred space, focussing special attention on the forest floor, and noticing the variety of natural shapes and patterns around us. We started with making the mandalas, starting from the outside-into the centre (inner self), and the inside-outside (larger self). Each guest sequencing in a different way, some also chose to work in pairs all of which conveyed that we are all equal and loved part of a universal oneness.
Each layer represented the expanding layers of our consciousness, the mandala we each created was used as a spiritual tool to help with self discovery during the holiday, we were healing our minds with nature and it felt amazing.
The yoga opening ceremony was lovely, it was a gentle introduction of the week and everyone was gifted an appropriate crystal and I chose Labradorite which not only helps with good heath it helped with your bones and brain, it assists with physical abilities which was perfect for releasing these skills during our deep meditation classes. Here below are some more details of the properties.
For this retreat holiday we had a varied group and two of who had suffered a really traumatic car crash in December leaving Ruby, who was in a coma and was left with brain damage, and Florian with a terrible injury to his legs. The program was therefore adapted to those pupils that needed the right type of asana postures and for the rest of the group, it was also a challenging week for the other yoga participants but they all did so well. We were all really connected and the yoga program meant as it became more of a restorative approach for all and it was an important week of self healing.
When I was on the radio recently on the memory tapes feature on Lauren Laverne BBC6 Music, I was inundated with kind emails, instagram, twitter posts and one of the people that got in touch who was touched my my story heard it was lovely lady called Helen from #chantmalas. She sent me a customised beautiful Mala Bead necklace hand delivered to my door!!!
They are Rudrashka beads, that help create a cocoon of the wearer's own energy and help ward off negative energies. These are the beads that Helen chose for me and the properties of each stone are listen below. I think Helen picked a perfect combination and I am so grateful, whilst I was on the retreat I used these Chant Mala beads before I went into the yoga studio to get focused before teaching my lessons.
Rhyolite (representing all of nature), Rainbow Moonstone (the moon, new beginnings, intensifies famine goddess energy), Serpentine (Earthing stone aids meditation and spiritual experiences), Citrine (power to the sun), Prehnite protective stone (enhances prophesy and deep meditation), Mahogany Obsidian (grounding stabilising, and help reach ones full potential).
Check out her wonderful website and massive thanks to you HELEN!! XXX
Here we are all getting creative with our mindfulness activities, creating crafts outside in the warm sunshine with the epic clouds around us. The program made my Jane was amazing, where we took on relaxing projects and you know when you are really connecting to art you become more productive and to be still in our minds was so beneficial and a great balance mentally too!
Making and painting our designs for our silk sun mobile hangings addictively relaxing!
Jane's teaching the first steps of her felt making techniques & Iain's beautiful mountain paradise final piece, an inspirational book cover made with silk and felt. Enjoying a relaxing and refreshing holiday beer.. when in france....
Below our the start of our eco-therapy forest walking workshops, finding the waterfall...
Adventuring through the woods and into the meadows searching out the best routes, note to self trying out the rocky slate mountain hill maybe not a great idea....
Chef Iain cooked up the most amazing delights every day, greeted with the most amazing welcome breakfasts with homemade eggs florentine and wheat free pancakes. More power fresh nourishing smoothies, crunchy super salads for lunch, and ending each day with a menu of 4 x course dining delights an amazing selection of fresh ingredients organic and locally sourced and the guests really were filled with goodness so they all left with very happy tummies!!! Well done Chef!!!
TEAM MOUNTAIN PARADISE THE FINAL GOODBYE !!!!!!
Sending out a HUGE thank you to Iain my boyfriend for his legendary cuisine and chaffing maestro, Jane creative workshop legend (and mum), the beautiful guests, and of course Chalet Rosiere (Alex & Phillip) who with let us host the holiday at their beautiful chalet!!! Check it out www.chaletrosiere.fr
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NAMASTE you beauties XXXXXX