February 2019


February Wellness |  words from Kate

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As I sat down to write the newsletter this week the iconic Beatle's chorus "All you need is Love, Love. Love is All you need!" kept flowing through my head. After a few attempts at writing something else, I realized these words were showing up because this is what I needed to write about. Love is truly all we need. When we love the unique amazing-ness of ourselves it is easier to love the unique amazing-ness of everyone in our lives. We need to remember that we are amazing, beautiful, and unique beings of light. We are gifts to this world. We are gifts to our family and friends. If we take the plural word "Loves" and rearrange the letters we get the word "Solve." I like to think that this means love solves all.Love is a solvent to all those things in our lives that need to soften, dissolve and release. Loving ourselves fully and completely is the most magnificent solvent of all. Next time you find yourself judging or criticizing yourself for something, take a moment and wrap yourself in a big bear hug of love and let the love flow.  

Thank you for being you,

Kate

 


Whole Being, Wellbeing Retreat in Isla Holbox, Mexico

Three Reasons to Register Now and Invest in YOU!

#1 Raise Your Vibrations!

I received this review from our last retreat, and I think it says it all. These retreats are chocked full of positive, nourishing, and deeply loving experiences for you to heal, grow, and raise your vibrations. And instead of receiving that in a one hour massage or tapping session, your receive consecutivedays of this type of energy.

 
“Kate created a nourishing, very intentional, high vibe atmosphere not only with her beautifully aligned spirit, but with all the crystals, healing oils, Bach Flower Remedies, holy candles, melodic music, inspiring books and luxurious massages. The combination of all these things allowed me space to relax, rejuvenate and step into flow!”
— Michelle

#2 La Naturaleza aka Immediate Access To Nature

Time spent in wild natural places can help us relax and reflect with out pretense or preoccupation! Isla Holbox is quiet beach destination and is home to the Yum Balam Nature Reserve. The island is separated from the mainland by the Yalahau Lagoon which is home to flamingos and pelicans and other wildlife. The weather is perfect for beach time, the green-blue water is great for swimming and the beach is the kind of place where you just want to kick off your shoes and walk. Learn more.

#3 Location, Location, Location!

“What a wonderful experience! All of it! Casa Lou is reminiscent of a Dwell magazine feature, with beautifully curated and local Mexico flare. The host created a concierge-like experience for us, attending to every detail, including the best restaurant recommendations on the island, checking in to ensure we were enjoying our trip, and she was available within minutes anytime we had a question or thought we may need additional assistance. She set our 6 person friend group up with bikes at the house, golf cart rental, restaurant reservations, shuttle and ferry reservations, and more.
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The location for this retreat is on an car-free island far far away from your home so that you can unplug, relax, and be present with yourself. We've booked Casa Lou, a beautiful AirBNB home with nothing but rave reviews, so you can focus on yourself and all that is beautiful in the world. Here's a review of our home:

 


About The Retreat |  a space is still available for YOU! |  May 14-19

Join me for 6 days and 5 nights on a tropical island away from it all! Receive daily massages, inner journeying exercises, guided visualizations, movement classes, sessions on the BioMat ,the IMRS 2000, and the Chi machine AND wholesome, deeply nourishing, and incredibly delicious snacks and meals. Come join us for great conversations, connection to self, local activities, and above all lots of fun. 

Early Registrations save $400 when paid in full 33 days in advance (ends April 11)

$3300 meals + private room | $2800 meals + shared room

*payment plans available


Kate's Kitchen |  Pistachio Fatbread (that's right)


Interestingly enough, February 26 was International Pistachio Day! Who knew? People have been eating pistachios all over the world as early at 7,000 BC! In China, the pistachio referred to a the "happy nut" the crack in the shell always appears to be smiling. In India, pistachios are gifted as a symbol of love and good wishes. The sharing of pistachios in Brazil is considered good luck and seen as a way of showing endearment. And, last but not least, the small but mighty pistachio is used to drive away evil spirits by the cracking of its shells during the Korean holiday of "Daeboreum" or "Full Moon" Day is celebrated on February 24.

Whatever the pistachio means to you, it is also full of health benefits. This low calorie nut is protein rich and has a high amount of vitamin B12, antioxidants and fiber. This particular recipe is delicious with jam, lemon curd and or honey butter! In joy!

Ingredients

3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

2 cups raw macadamia nuts 

7 eggs

1 tsp baking soda 

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp lemon juice

Leftover pistachio perfection from thisPistachio Lattes Recipe

Directions

Add coconut, macadamias, salt to a blender or food processor and pulse until chunky. Add eggs individually, incorporating each slightly before adding the next. Then add pistachio mixture, lemon juice, and baking soda. Pour into greased loaf pan & bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes. It is ready when a toothpick comes out clean.

 


Intuition Building Activity |  wisdom of animal cards

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With a little bit of guidance, using animal medicine cards can be a great entry to tapping into your intuition. The medicine cards by Jamie Sams and David Carsonare a favorite of mine. Here are few suggestions on how to get started.

Think Of A Question: Think of a question. It can be as specific as you. Ask all the beings of light to protect and guide you so that you may pick the card that provides the highest and most optimum insight.

Picking A Card Through Sensation: I take the deck in my hands and I shuffle through them at least once so I touch each card. Then I usually pause a moment and ask my question again (internally or externally) and I feel for which card speaks to me. This can feel like a different sensation in my fingertips, such as a hot, cold or tingly sensation. Other times it feels a little bit like a void, and sometimes a card literally will jump out and land on the floor. This is then the card I pick. I have also learned if more then one card jumps out then they both are important.

What Stands Out?: When I pick a card and a read the accompanying text, there is usually a few words that jump out at me. These are the words that resonate the most with the insight I was looking for. I take those words and write them down somewhere I can see them. In addition to the insight I get from reading the write up, I also have learned to look at the card and see if anything in the picture pops out as that could also have meaning. Sometimes the card makes no sense at the time though I have discovered that often over time it does.

 

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