We are home from our retreat - and still absolutely dying over our experience there. It just felt magical; so full of love; so, so, so good for the soul. Our bodies and spirits have never felt better!!!!
There were about 15 people - all ages - and we stayed together at a property steps from the beach. We all got to know each other quite well during the 8 days! It was beautiful and inspiring to be connected with people who all came together to improve their lives in some way.
These are the INCREDIBLE, INSPIRING people who ran the retreat: Alexandra Molina (a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Yoga teacher & Ayurveda educator from Ecuador); Anthony Spencer (a cleansing consultant and raw and living food guide from Canada); Gabby Santermer (a yoga teacher from Argentina); and Guilherme Munhoz (a raw food chef from Brazil). They literally served us all for 8 days straight with the most pure love. Being the recipient of that was unbelievable- truly an experience that just goes straight to your soul and makes you feel so alive and connected to the best part of life. I will never forget the love they had for us. So thankful for the work they've done in their own lives - to even have that kind of love and light to give.
We were awakened each morning at 6 am to the sound of Tibetan bells. I loved that so much! The moment I became conscious of the bells it was like I just felt beauty, hope, and desire for a wonderful day ahead. I never want to use an alarm clock again!
Each day began with oil pulling. I LOVE IT!!! We are still doing it and I'm telling you, it makes your teeth sparkle and feel so, so clean and smooth - like you just got them polished. I am totally sold that it helps to remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. You can actually tell a difference in the way your mouth feels. I can't recommend it enough. (Use a spoonful of coconut oil; swish for 20 minutes as soon as you get up each morning, before you drink or eat; don't spit the oil into the sink drain; and rinse and gargle with water after you're done. Also, if your jaw feels tired, no worries. After a week you'll be a pro.)
It was so, so perfect to be with a group of people all eating raw food or drinking raw juice for the cleanse. Surprisingly, it was so easy! Doing it together made it feel fun and less of a burden. We all bonded sitting around drinking our juice for "lunch." (It was also pretty amazing to be served instead of wondering what the heck to make next.) A few times we did all start fantasizing about our favorite foods. :) But we were all so well fed with healthy juices or raw foods that we really never felt physical hunger. And to be honest, my energy was feeling off the charts!!! I've never eaten so many vegetables in my life.
On the last night, we had a bon fire on the beach!!!! Heaven, I tell you.
And yes, there was a FULL MOON!!!
And let me just say that if you find yourself on the beach during a gorgeous full moon, you MUST slip away from the crowd and walk far, far out to the low tide and swim to the light of the moon. :) :)
Would any of you want to go on a retreat like this? I'm so thrilled to say that they want to do another retreat and you're all invited!!! I would be SO DANG HAPPY if some of you could experience this.
The date will likely be mid-September in Olón, Ecuador (3 hours from Guayaquil, where there is a major airport). And they've asked Danny and I to speak at the event or do some workshops, which will be such an honor. I'll post the exact date and prices soon. There will only be space for about 20 people. Fingers crossed that some of you could make the trip!!! I really do feel this would be the most amazing, healing experience for anyone wanting to change their lives for the better or for anyone who would like to dedicate some time to caring for your body and your spirit. Plus, Ecuador! :)
P.S. At the end of the retreat, some of us decided to continue the cleanse and eat all raw fruit, vegetables, and nuts for a full thirty days!!! And holy crap, Danny and I are doing it. We're on Day 15. I hope to write more about what it's been like. But so far I can say that our skin is still glowing and I've even had a few health issues disappear. But, we're running out of recipes. Please send any, if you have some! We're trying hard to power through.