The Benefits of Going on a Winter Retreat + Cinnamon Coconut Smoothie

The Benefits of a Winter Retreat + Cinnamon Coconut Manho Smoothie Recipe

When do we get to release all of our responsibilities, let our thoughts flow freely about anything and everything all day and night long, and just be? A retreat is different than a normal vacation in that you are able to completely let go + make space for the things that are worthy of your time and energy. There’s nothing like it, and oftentimes, we don’t even realize how badly we need this sort of beautiful, healing escape until we’re there.

This winter, I’m so honored to be co-leading Nourish Your Soul, a weeklong retreat in Tulum, Mexico with Rachelle Tratt, founder of The Neshama Project and one of my soul sisters. We decided to host this magical journey in January so that all who come with us can reset after the holiday season and fully celebrate the New Year…

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Reboot After the Holidays

After all the shopping, holiday decorations, and gatherings (not to mention all those winter toddies + yummy sweets), our bodies and spirits can be in need of a holiday from the holidays. As November and December are beautiful times of giving to others, make January the month to give to yourself. During retreats, you can spend as much time as you like fully soaking in beauty sleep, gently cleansing with oh-so-yummy superfoods, and exploring and being among nature.

Step Into Your Power for the New Year

Set your intentions for 2016 and fully realize them. Dive into yourself, journal, and reflect on your strengths, what makes you glow, and how you can shine even brighter. Throughout the year, you’ll be able to look back on this week where you fully recognized all that you are and then conquer whatever dreams and goals you manifested.

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Connect with Other Women

Once our school days have come to a close, it can be a lot harder to meet and organically become friends with other women. A retreat provides a magical space where we can authentically get to know others, while being fully open and ourselves, and forge new friendships.

A Day in the Retreat

We start each and every day of our retreat with meditation by the sea, then a 90-minute powerful yoga flow. Our practice space is absolute magic as we strip away our masks and peel away the layers of what holds us back from being our most authentic selves.

Our flows are followed by delicious + cleansing meals—dishes and drinks that are so delicious, you’d never even know you were on a cleanse (whip up the Cinnamon Coconut Mango Smoothie below to see what I’m talking about!).

With our tummies full of nourishing, beautiful food, we spend the rest of the day reading mantras, doing shamanic breathwork, receiving acupuncture and deep healing body treatments, sun worshipping, journaling, snorkeling with the fish and sea turtles, and going on excursions.

Each day, we end with more movement (an intentioned workout lead by me or a powerful dance class by Rachelle). Then we have another cleansing, chef-created Philosophie meal and soak in the beauty of the sunset. After, we all go around and share the highlights of our day. By the end of the conversation, we have tears of laughter or gratitude. Usually both.

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On the last day of our retreat, we give gratitude for all the beauty, pain, and light in our lives, and for all the movement, nature, adventure, nourishing food, soul searching, connection, disconnection, and healing space we experienced during the week.

The times where we celebrate ourselves are so rejuvenating and strengthening that they should not be skipped over. When we take part in a ceremony of self-love, we grow, we harness our energy, and we find our power.

If you’d like to join us for our next Nourish Your Soul Retreat from January 16-23, mention “The Body Book” when booking to save $100!

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Cinnamon Coconut Mango Smoothie

This ultra healing green smoothie includes cinnamon, one of my favorite fragrant spices that became a staple in the Mexican kitchen after the 16th century culinary fusion of European and Mesoamerican cooking. Beyond adding its signature sweet-spicy flair, cinnamon also reduces inflammation, possesses antioxidant benefits, fights bacteria, and has been proven to lower blood pressure.

INGREDIENTS
(makes 1 serving)
• 8 ounces coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon Philosophie Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend (optional)
• 1 cup kale, destemmed
• 1 cup frozen or fresh mango
• 2 tablespoon almond or cashew butter
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ice to taste
• 1 teaspoon honey or touch of stevia

DIRECTIONS

Combine in a blender, and blend for 1 minute until smooth and delicious.

Learn more about the retreat here.

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