November 10 to 13, 2021 / Yoga Retreat over Veterans Day Weekend in Destin, Florida
After the summer crowds have left, and before the days get cooler, is a wonderful time to visit Destin in Florida. Salty air, white-sand beaches, and wide open views over the Sea invite you to a short yet meaningful yoga retreat.
*** crisp morning vinyasa, wave-assisted meditations, guided breathwork in salty air, and sunset crystal bowl sound healing baths ***
What is included?
accommodation for 3 nights in a private bedroom
extra-late checkout on November 13, if desired
all meals during the stay
daily yoga and guided meditation sessions
sound healing meditation on the beach
BrainTap headsets and BrainTap HRV
heated outdoor pool and spa
transportation from/to the airport
What is not included?
roundtrip from your home town to Destin
additional spa services (massages, facials, etc.)
activities not listed in the itinerary (kayaking, surfing, dolphin cruises, shopping)
Secure your spot today!
Single-occupancy bedroom: $947 Early bird price $847
Reserve your spot here by paying a deposit of $250
Sometimes we get stuck in our daily to-do list, thoughts of worry or doubt, painful memories, and negative self-talk. That can lead to tension building up in the physical, mental and emotional bodies, and to us losing sight of who we are. At this retreat, I will teach you, how to clear trauma and blockages from the vital energy body, and you will experience for yourself the powerful healing effects on your mental, emotional, and physical body.
Come with me to Sedona, Arizona.
Being there, experiencing, and breathing the vastness and the sacred healing energy of the land - you can't help but open up, and allow yourself to feel spacious and connected again. You will learn how to release blockages from your chakras and how to work with your chakra system's energy currents of Liberation, Manifestation, and Connection.
We will be staying at this supercool and very large dome house:
You will have a chance to:
eat a cleansing, plant-based diet
move in nature daily
receive guidance and tools on how to heal emotional wounds, release limiting beliefs, and realign with your soul-purpose
learn how to work with the chakras, how to clear and direct the various chakra energy currents to foster spiritual growth, manifest your vision, and affirm a sense of belonging
use BrainTap for meditation and brainwave modulation.
We will use the BrainTap HRV (Heart Rate Variability) system to measure your before and after state of wellbeing.
The program is a mix of daily guided yoga and meditation sessions, hiking, sound healing and Reiki, breathwork, group coaching, healthy eating and more. Some of the meditations and energy healing work will take place on the trails while immersed in the strong energy vortices. (*Notice the trees pictured below, and how they are grown in a spiral shape.)
Here is a short video for you from my last visit there:
There are dozens of meditation apps available – both free of charge and for a fee/subscription. I have tried some out and want to share what I found:
Calm offers support with relaxation via guided meditations, with disrupted sleep patters via sleep stories, coaching for focus, relationships, anxiety, and more. Once you download the app on your phone, you can try it out for free for 7 days. If you like it, you can purchase a subscription to access the full library. It is an advantage that everything is on your phone and you don’t need internet access to use the app.
I personally liked some of their guided visualizations but didn't like the sleep stories at all.
Muse is the technology I'm currently using. I love it! Muse is more than just an app. Muse is a wearable headband that uses electroencephalography—or EEG—to detect electrical activity in your brain. The goal of Muse is to make you aware of your brain’s activity and to train your brain via audio and visual cues such as the sound of waves or chirping birds.
The Muse headband has seven EEG sensors that are grouped into five points—three on the front of your forehead and one behind each ear. So one needs to purchase the headband-device and download the app. The headband transfers the data via Bluetooth to the phone.
Through the app, you can assess your progress in remaining calm. The device also records when you move, fidget, or open your eyes. Reviewers of Muse have noted that it’s useful for beginners or those inexperienced with meditation and mindfulness. The app is very detailed, it pairs with any iPhone or Android, and charges quickly. It lets you track your progress in how long you can maintain to stay very calm – it works basically like Biofeedback - with simple cues that train your mind to maintain a certain state of calm.
When working with my private clients, I'm connecting the headband to additional measuring apps, and it allows to track not just a basic EEG but monitors each brainwave, the heart rate, and the breathing rate. This allows me to combine guided meditation with heart variability training, breathwork, hypnotic trances, and mindfulness exercises. One of my small research projects is to offer Reiki (a Japanese form of energy healing and guided meditation) to clients with acute or chronic inflammation in the body and using an Infrared-camera to measure how well we were able to bring the inflammation down.
Muse is the right approach for all who long to support brain health, who do want to feel calmer and cope with stress and anxiety but at the same time like a scientific kind of approach.
Btw: Muse and Calm cost almost the same – and with that in mind, I think that Muse offers the better value.
So here is one version of HRV training: The inner balance technology works by analyzing your heart rate and understanding the emotional condition of your mind. It trains you to generate a highly efficient physiological state called the HRV coherence (HRV = Heart Rate Variability). This helps you clearing your mind and increasing your emotional composure. This one also requires the purchase of an additional device plus the app.
You can either download this app on your smartphone or signup online and start meditating today. The guided meditations have been developed by former Monk Andy Puddicombe and many like them for reducing stress and anxiety, or simply erasing feelings of restlessness.
Omvana is part of a comprehensive platform for online learning and connecting with a global spiritual network of students and thought leaders, called Mindvalley. Their recorded meditations are great, many are done by well-known thought leaders and authors of spiritual guidance and self-help books. A disadvantage is that you do need the internet – no offline use. Some of Mindvalley’s online courses are great – I personally love Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Carolyne Myss. This is especially true when you don’t have a lot of time to read all these books. Some of their ideas are inspirational … and after reading hundreds of pages for work, it may be nice to simply listen to someone else reading to you. However, some of Mindvalley’s online classes promise deep insights but deliver beginner level … this is a good community to connect with when you are interested in networking, personal growth, spirituality, self-realization, and everything down those lines.
This meditation app is insofar unique that it does not ask for any of your extra time in the already busy days. Like other meditation apps, you do not have to separate your meditation time from your work time. Because you can use this app anytime you want and at any pace that you are in (meditate on the go).
You also do not have to pay any subscription fee to use this app. It charges you a one-time, very affordable fee.
You can download this app on your iOS or Android device as it is available for both OS.
What if plugging in my earphones and listening to some guided meditation is all fine but sometimes I feel like putting all technology to the side?
Then may be the time for you to simply find a quiet spot to sit down, bring your awareness to your breath, focus on the light of a candle, the sound of a gong, a positive affirmation, or whatever suits you best - and be still.
Prayer is when we talk to God. Meditation is when we listen to God.
Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize - May 31st thru June 5th, 2021
Are you thinking about going on retreat, and trying to find the right one for you? Get a glimpse of this beautiful place and the program I offer here (the photos below were taken during a retreat in 2019).
Are you ready to register? Pay a deposit of $500 to reserve your spot here!
THE VENUE- Copal Tree Lodge - a little piece of heaven
The lodge is located in the middle of a 12,000 acres wildlife refuge right on the banks of river Rio Grande. The terrain is quite steep but there are both steps and an elevator tram. During our last retreat, we had two ladies with prior knee-surgery participating and they had no problems getting around. Everything is tastefully furnished, in harmony with nature, sustainably built and managed.
Amenities:yoga palapa, pool, spa, boat deck, fire pit, restaurant, hiking trails, jungle gym, kayaks and canoes, bicycles.
THE ROOMS - at this lodge various categories are offered.
For my retreats, I reserve the Jungle Suite Cabanas - charming and spacious cabins with private bathrooms (single-/double-occupancy). As much as I love to travel with a group, I respect that there are times when we need our privacy. These rooms offer just that - your own space. The rooms are exceptionally clean, the views extend the space into the jungle for those who like to communicate with trees and listen to the vast diversity of birds. If you prefer any other category, just let me know.
THE FOOD - organically grown, always fresh, seasonal farm-to-table meals
Come and experience for yourself what difference a week of clean eating can make for your health.
YOGA - complete guided practice every morning, guided meditation or Yin Yoga every night - for all who love yoga
In addition to the daily morning and evening practices, there will yoga posture clinics, chanting sessions, pranayama sessions, and one-on-one sessions offered.
THE FARM- this has been a farm for generations - honoring the soil, loving nature and growing food in harmony with its cosmic cycles.
For those interested, tours of the on-site spice farm and chocolate factory are offered.
GETTING THERE - let the adventure begin
Book your international flight to Philip Golson International Airport in Belize City. I will update any regulations regarding COVID-19 and travel as we get closer to May 2021. As of now, Belize is open for travelers from the U.S.. Negative COVID-19 tests are required for all entering the country. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.
One-On-One Coaching/Energy Healing - this is my purpose - to meet you, yes you, where you are and hold space for your healing because I believe that you were created to live life to your fullest potential
As a board certified holistic health practitioner, I offer one-on-one health coaching starting with a thorough intake session, and customized energy healing sessions including Reiki, homeopathy, and acupuncture accompanied with hypnotic trances.
TOURS - Mayan Ruins
TOURS - Blue Creek
"This feels so free." - Annabel; Best compliment ever!
I can't express with words how grateful I am for being able to do this kind of work, for the trust the women who choose to travel with me were and are giving me, the riches of nature, the friendliness of the locals, the guidance to do it and lead retreats. Namaste!
Are you ready to register? Pay a deposit of $500 to reserve your spot here!
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." - Fred Devito
The year 2001 was incredible. After graduating from college, I spent the rest of the year traveling and literally dancing through my life - one month in Sevilla, Spain taking Flamenco lessons, followed by a trip to the Greek island of Patmos studying and developing a new performance on the path of Ancient philosophers, only to spend then one month on a road trip through Southern France visiting medieval cathedrals and festivals to learn renaissance dances. I returned to Berlin, Germany to prepare for yet another great trip to perform as a dancer in South Africa. But hey, the year wasn't over yet, and one day during training, I landed a failed somersault so badly that three of my vertebrae got fractured by the high impact of the fall. Even worse, not only got my bones fractured, but also the spinal discs in between got damaged and their fluid leaked out.
The figure to the left shows compression fractures of the T11, T12 and L1 vertebrae as experienced by me. Usual treatment of injuries like these would comprise open surgical incision and spinal fusion with placement of titanium screws into T10 and L2, fixation rods to bridge the fractured bones, and possibly additional bone graft material to stabilize the back.
It might sound like an advanced treatment. However, the surgery itself bears the risk to injure the spinal cord. The titanium stabilizer allows patients to get out of bed and the hospital pretty soon - after only two weeks or so - but at the same time the spine becomes stiff, just like the metal rods that bridge the bones. With no chance to move, be squeezed and released, the spinal discs can't receive important nutrients and thus, can't regenerate. And even though patients are able to walk and be released from the hospital within a short timeframe, they are not fully mobile. In several conversations with doctors, I learned that one frequently occurring issue is that when patients try to exercise or engage in physical labor, such as lifting things or bowing forward, the titanium screws break out of the bones. It's not the screws that break, but the bones because the spine tries to bend and can't.
Therefore, for me as a dancer surgery was the worst option ever. I stubbornly insisted to allow the bones to heal conservatively. Each tissue in our bodies regenerates at its own pace. While a bruise heals after one week, and the taste nerves of our tongues renew every two days, broken bones require four weeks to heal. I had to lay in bed for four weeks straight; no getting up allowed at all! Then I spent another six weeks in rehab, learning how to move and walk again. Under supervision of a physical therapist, I exercised daily to build strong core muscles and started some weight training. I swam at a slow pace half a mile every day in the sanatorium's pool. Supported by the water, it was more comfortable to carry my weight than standing upright. My entire focus was set on healing. And boy, was I happy and proud, but I was also stiff, and afraid of falling again. I thought, "this is it. Certain movements I will never be able to do again."
Well, things changed dramatically when I came back to a more regular yoga practice. In baby steps, I started rebuilding inner core and pelvic floor muscles to support my body's weight and a good posture. Through practicing gentle back bends I strengthened my back muscles, and re-mobilized my spine through twists. Forward and backward bending, twisting, and stretching helped to transport nutrients into my discs, squeezing and releasing them like little sponges. While western medicine teaches that damaged spinal discs cannot regenerate, I report that mine recovered fully! Lastly, I rebuilt my confidence and overcame the fear of getting broken again through practicing head-stands.
As a young woman of 21 years of age, I received one of the most shocking and scary news of my life. I got diagnosed with uterine cancer. I felt that I was way too young to have cancer and couldn't believe it at first! It went bad fast, within only three months my doctor told me that she scheduled me for a hysterectomy, and demanded I should take a week off to be admitted to the hospital.
The proposal to remove my uterus was simply unacceptable for me. "So," I asked my doctor, "what are my chances if I'd refused the surgery?" She said, "I don't know." I asked, "Oh my, is it that serious?" She said, "I can't know, within the 25 years of my practice as a gynecologist, you would be first patient to refuse the surgery." Wow, another shock! So, I said, "Well, in that case I guess, I am the first one, because what you are offering me here is not healing but crippling me. I want to be a mom one day, and you cannot have my uterus."
Then I walked out of her office, and thought, what now? I realized that simply saying no to surgery did not solve my problem. I started looking for alternatives, and found a doctor in Berlin, who practices Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was able to deliver an explanation that made perfect sense to me for what caused the abnormal cell growth .
At the time, I was a student in college, also working employed by the college both as project coordinator for a comprehensive federally funded research study and as a tutor, and worked on weekends as a performer to be able to pay all my bills. On top of my workload, I was smoking cigarettes, drinking way too much coffee, eating always on the run, taking the contraception pill (artificial hormones), and never sleeping enough. In short, I put my body under permanent stress from all sides. Leading that sort of lifestyle caused lots of stress on my liver and spleen, requiring them to constantly produce stress hormones to keep my body running and performing at high level, thus reducing its capacity to produce progesterone and estrogen. It came to the point that my liver could not handle the load of toxins anymore. So, how smart is nature, my body increasingly used my menstruation to detox. However, the uterus is not a detox organ, it is a reproductive organ. My lifestyle abused of my uterus by having it flush through loads of toxins over an extended period of time. This caused the cells to get clogged and resulted in abnormal growth.
My immediate response to the diagnosis was to change my lifestyle:
I quit smoking
Quit taking the contraception pill
Stopped drinking coffee and switched to green tea
My gynecologist laughed about me, and said that it was good that I quit smoking but that this would not cure the cancer. I just thought, wait and see. I knew that by menstruating every month, I had a new chance every month to influence if my organ would regenerate with healthy or abnormal cells.
Well, she was right insofar that I had to do more. Next, I fasted, intensively. For four weeks, I ingested only fresh squeezed raw juices, including mostly green / herbal juices, and green healing clay. I lost a lot of weight and did not look healthy for a while, but the goal was to completely detox, cleanse the colon, and the liver. My goal was to get rid of excess nitrogen compounds in the body and increase oxygen levels in the cells, no more animal proteins, no more sugar, no more toxins = and the cancer would starve.
After fasting, I started rebuilding my strength and health by eating a raw vegan diet for almost two years. My cell values started getting better and better, and after 13 months I was absolutely cancer free! I continued the raw food diet longer simply because it made me feel really good. I felt pure, light, energized, and focused. Former struggles with headaches, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, and bloating were gone. However, living organic raw food vegan is a social challenge. Therefore, after about two years I settled for a primarily plant-based diet, which in my case means, that I eat everything plant-based plus cheese, honey, and occasionally seafood. I do not eat eggs nor meat nor poultry, do not consume dairy milk nor any other animal based products.
Today, I am a mom of three healthy children. During my pregnancies and years of nursing, I followed a vegan diet. All three children are born at home. I am cancer free - 20 years later - and today I also know that there are several other alternative ways but raw food to heal cancer. Cancer treatment certainly does not have to mean additional harmful attacks on our organism and immune system.
Stay tuned for more to follow on how to heal naturally in the coming blog posts.
Healing earth, sometimes better known as mineral clay, offers an astonishing variety of medicinal and cosmetic uses that can bring your body back into balance. It can literally help you to stay grounded! Clay may be used externally and orally. Eating clay can do wonders for your health!
For external use, the clay may be applied to the whole body as in warm spa mud wraps, or prepared in poultices for application to specific parts of the body. The heat opens up the pores of the skin, and helps the interaction of the clay with the body. Internally it is used to detox the intestines, the colon, and thus the entire body. Clay cures inflammation, drives bacterial and fungal infections out, and supplies up to 75 important trace elements (depending on the type of clay).
BEAUTY - your spa at home
Clay is fantastic for facial masks, which are easy to prepare, and popular because of their exfoliating, purifying properties. Clay masks withdraw excess oil and pollutants from our faces, and they help heal rashes and acne. However, the different kinds of clay offer diverse properties. French green clay: Combination of volcanic matter, decomposed plant substances and minerals. Very cleansing. Recommended for oily skin or a normal/oily skin combination.
Moroccan red clay, Rhassoul: With a long tradition in Hammam baths, this clay contains iron and is used to heal acne.
Bentonite: This clay is found in the Western United States with Luvos loess being a traditional, therapeutically used clay from Germany. Safe for use on all skin types.
Fuller’s earth: This is a very fine grayish colored powder derived from algae, chock full of minerals and very absorbing.
In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the clay with about 3 tablespoons of liquid. Depending on your skin type use spring water or rose water for normal skin, or witch hazel and orange blossom water if your skin is oily. For dry and sensitive skin it is recommended to substitute water with sesame, olive, or almond oil. If you are suffering from acne, add 1 tablespoon apple cider to the mix. The consistency should be thick and cream-like, not runny. If you added too much of the liquid just stir in a little bit more clay. Apply the mask to your cleaned face and neck with your fingers or a make-up sponge. Avoid the eye area. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Once the mask is dry, rinse off with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. Your skin will glow with vibrant good health.
HEALING - medicinal uses of healing earths
Healing clay provides an affordable and natural yet effective remedy against diarrhea, heartburn, and acid-related stomach pain due to its ability to bind excess bile acids, and cholesterol. Simply stir 1 teaspoon of either bentonite or green clay into 8 oz. of water, and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. Wait for 30 minutes before eating anything. Do this as a cure fore 21 days in a row. Repeat 3 to 4 times per year. Or use as needed for treatment of acute ailments.
Bentonite, montmorillonite, and illite have been proven to be antifungal including toxic and carcinogenic infections such as Aflatoxicosis, and effective against yeast infections including Candida albicans. Eating or drinking healing earth can be used to cleanse the body from heavy metals including lead, cadmium, and mercury. Another property of immense benefit is the antibacterial effect of bentonite and green clays. In several scientific studies conducted in France and Arizona, the clays have been found to be highly effective against E.coli, pseudomonas, salmonella, and even the dreaded "superbug" MRSA and the flesh-eating African bacteria buruli to name just a few. One side-effect to be considered before using clay internally is the inhibition of the body's absorption of antibiotics, substitute hormones and heart medication by coating the digestive tract. How is it possible that certain types of clay are so versatile and beneficial for human health? Loess, bentonite, and green clay naturally form a negative charge when mixed with water. This negative charge creates a pulling effect called adsorption, drawing positively charged ions out of our cells - and it so happens that bacteria, heavy metals, and pesticides all have a positive ionic charge. Negatively charged ions stay untouched. One more amazing capability of clay that depends on its acting like a plus pole is the adsorption of radiation. A study performed by Duke University found that specific parts of the human DNA and RNA exposed to damaging gamma radiation recovered faster in persons that had eaten clay.
Do you use healing earth to support your healthy living? Share your experiences! And check out the 21-Day Challenge posted on this blog 😉 Stay well!
We all need this from time to time. Get the full program description here (you will have to click the link twice, here and on the next page - one day I will figure out how to fix that): 21DayDetoxChallenge_all