Alyson Charles, Rockstar Shaman

You know when you meet someone and they fill you with light without saying a word. Then when the words dance out, it’s nothing short of transformational - like a language reserved only for you. That’s Alyson Charles.

This gorgeous creature is one of the spiritual powerhouses, alongside Nikki Sharp and Fern Langham, that will be guiding our guests during our Total Wellness Made Sexy Retreat August 21-25 at the The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

You will immerse in a magic of both the powerfully potent healing energies of the land and the vast spiritual and healing connection of Alyson. You will experience liberation from old fears, blocks and energetic stagnation and return to a balance and peace as you powerfully shift into your wholeness. Reflecting on what you’re there to do and a re-connection to the place within that allows you to fully thrive.

This high-vibrational world will leave with an amplified and massively uplifted energy, gifted with clarity and tools to carry forth in daily practice. Give yourself permission to bust through to the area of living that provides miracles far beyond what you ever thought possible.

We invite you to join us on this fantastic journey.

For more info on the Total Wellness Made Sexy Retreat August 21-25 click HERE!

 

 

 

Self-Care: Habits for Wellbeing

Self-Care: Habits for Wellbeing

Self-care is a fundamental pillar of the Wild Wellness Travel philosophy, and an essential component of health & wellness. Without care for one’s self, there is nothing left to offer others.

What is self-care exactly? If you’re new to the practice, you might think self-care is the lesser-known Care Bear from the popular 80s cartoon. We’d tune in for that! However, self-care is actually a learned, purposeful and continuous practice - with the goal of preventing stress and ailments, while nurturing your spirit.

Every self-care practice is unique to the individual. That’s the beautiful thing! You can design your own version according to what fills your cup.

Meditation, mindful eating, adequate rest, positive thoughts & affirmations, physical movement (yoga! yoga! yoga!), personal grooming, interaction & integration with nature, and an element of play – these are some of the self-care components that we strive for.

While we recognize the importance of everyday practice, we wholeheartedly believe that taking time to fully envelope yourself in wellness is critical to reboot and rebalance. This complete immersion is what inspires us when designing each and every retreat.

We carefully select celebrated instructors and practitioners to guide you on your journey of care and cultivation of self in a comprehensive sense – with exclusive opportunities to work one-on-one.

Our unique five pillar formula is unparalleled in the luxury wellness community, providing our guests with exclusive insights that will support your everyday practice.

We invite you to join us on a journey to greatness.

Other people will sacrifice health for material goals. But it all catches up to you one day and health is the priceless commodity that cannot be begged, borrowed, bought or traded. Your life and health are a statement of your self-worth.

~ Kino MacGregor

Let's celebrate Global Wellness Day Everyday

I bet that if you’re like me when you think of wellness and what you need to do to be “well” you think, “I need to eat better” followed by “I need to go the gym” followed by massive feelings of guilt because you are doing neither of those things.

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As the 3rd Annual Global Wellness Day (June 11) approaches I started to think what does wellness really mean?

I think when we think wellness, our mind immediately goes to the physical, and I mean the superficial physical. It’s all about being thin if you’re a woman, or buff if you’re a man. Sure we want to be healthy and free of disease, but most of us are more concerned about how we’re going to look at the beach this summer. If we look great in our suit, we must be well. Right?

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Wrong.

Wellness is about so much more than how we look. In fact, wellness is so much more than the physical. I can be a size four and able to run a 10K and to the outside world, I am the poster child for wellness, but if I’m a stress ball, sleep four hours a night, rely on coffee to power through my day and am dealing with a turbulent marriage, am I really well?

Hmmm, maybe I’m not as healthy as I think.

I realized that there is a difference between looking good and being well, and also a difference between fitness and wellness.

Looking good, being fit, eating well and feeling centeredand balanced are all components that make up wellness. To be well, you need to have them all. Ugh, now it’s about even more than just getting my butt to the gym and choosing a salad with light dressing for lunch!

Because wellness is composed of so many things, it’s hard to find only at a gym, or only at a spa, that is why a wellness retreat is so beneficial.

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At a wellness retreat, like those offered by my company Wild Wellness Travel and our partner Retreats Unlimited, programming is offered to address all the different aspects of wellness. There are yoga classes that work the body while calming the mind, fitness classes and hiking to get your heart rate up and torch calories, meditations to bring balance, spa treatments to soothe sore muscles and healthy food to fuel your body and your moods. While Wild Wellness Travel retreats are usually focused on a theme, they all offer elements for every component of wellness. And most importantly, they provide tools for you to take home so you can continue the wellness journey.

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As we celebrate Global Wellness Day, I invite you to think about what wellness really is and if you’re as well as you want to be. And if you want to use Global Wellness Day as the day you commit to becoming well, I invite you to check out the special early booking discounts Wild Wellness Travel and Retreats Unlimited has on all of their retreats.

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The Quiet Call to Colorado

Watch the sun slowly creep over stately peaks of granite and sandstone, gradually warming them to their soothing shades of amber and ochre. You can already feel the hustle and bustle of your day to day life slipping away, letting you relax into a wellness retreat at Gateway Canyons Colorado. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa sooths the soul with outdoor activities, relaxing spa experiences and luxurious accommodations, all while keeping to their environmentally friendly views.

Gateway is located on Unaweep /Tabeguache Colorado Scenic Byway, a long and winding road, leading you into a lush green valley surround by vast, rock outcroppings. This rugged landscape lends itself well to a wide array of outdoor adventure awaiting you at Gateway Canyons. From kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking to fishing and skeet shooting there is something to entice every wild spirit within. With Unaweep Byway being a favorite scenic route for motorcycle and car clubs,

Gateway Canyons boast an auto museum, featuring almost 60 American automobiles from every era. The restorative powers of the surrounding nature infiltrate the resort itself with its southwestern adobe style buildings. Gateway Canyons offers a variety of luxury accommodations, all with a stirring view.

It’s warms the heart to know that Gateway Canyons is a strong ambassador of their eco system and preserving the open space around them. Gateway Canyons practices energy conservation by utilizing a variety of alternative and sustainable energy sources, such as geothermal heating and cooling for the pool and spa. This sustainable mindset is carried on to Gateway Canyons’ restaurants, where they use as much local produce as possible, keeping the cuisine clean, nutritious and delicious.

Join Renee Diamond this month, June 22-26 a DiamondFit Yoga and Hiking Retreat.

The great outdoors has immense healing potential. This retreat will reconnect us to that power and strengthen the body and mind, revealing our authentic selves. Renee Diamond has been a part of the wellness community for over 30 years. She is the creator of DiamondFit, which is a thoughtfully designed yoga program, using yoga, strength training, stretch, and relaxation. World traveler, Sensei, Dancer, Yogi, Athlete, Bodybuilding Champion, Reiki Practitioner Renee is a thoughtful and powerful guide to wellness.

For more info and to book this wellness retreat click HERE!

-Wild Wellness Travel

eat clean, live wild, travel well.

What is a Wellness Retreat?

In perusing travel blogs, I often read about participants concerned about the weight gained on cruises and all-inclusive vacations.  They arrive home feeling bloated and exhausted.  It occurs to me that the time we take away from our professional life should be an opportunity to release; let go of the everyday stressors and re-connect with our inner selves.

What better way than to take a “wellness” retreat! A retreat offers a place in which one can rest and relax.  They are usually for small, intimate groups that offer nurturing and healing; a place to connect and learn. They create an opportunity to escape and spend a few days unfettered by the demands of daily life. There are as many reasons to attend as there are variations on the theme, with retreats ranging from offering spiritual enlightenment to demanding intensive physical participation.

My focus is to create wellness retreats that fit somewhere in the middle, the perfect composite experience to strengthen but also relax both your body and mind.   Our retreats offer a daily Yoga practice, meditation workshops, and delicious, well-balanced healthy meals specially created by our own culinary expert.  We share our knowledge of health and nutrition and strive to create a rejuvenating adventure that you will want to repeat!

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Our participants come for their health, their hearts, and their happiness. To detox, to relax, to learn, or to simply share the experience among kindred spirits. To practice yoga with a renowned practitioner and to eat delicious food cooked with care by a transcendent nutritionist.  They come to jump start a new regime at home and they come to be inspired. They leave with fresh vision and goals, new friends, and a renewed appreciation for the world around them.

This May, our retreat is being held in Tulum, Mexico. We are blessed to be hosting the experience at the Shambala Petite Hotel, an exclusive group of casitas nestled on a Caribbean beach. We have partnered with yoga master Maria Filippone and culinary expert Mikaela Reuben.  Check out the adventure and wander into your wild at tulum.wildwellnesatravel.com

Yoga at Tulum Re:Align Retreat with Maria Filippone

Wild Wellness Travel is very excited to welcome Maria Filippone to the team presenting at our upcoming Tulum retreat, May 21-28th.  Maria has a multi-disciplinary training and her teaching spans over twenty years and has taken her around the globe, shaping her gifts into a synergistic blend of Vinyasa yoga, Pilates, Thai masssage, and Sanskrit chant.

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Her classes have been described as a journey where time slows down, where music and breath carry the mind and body into an experience of deep alignment. Maria invites her students to be curious about their practice, and to find the courage to move beyond limitations; her meticulous hands-on adjustments and precise verbal cues invite students to access the grace, ease and power that lies within. Maria's appreciation and love for all of her teachers, her students, community and her beautiful daughter's, expands her heart and grounds her as a teacher.

Maria believes that wellness Vacations allow us to unplug, de-stress & recharge our bodies and minds.  Taking time from our busy schedules at home allows for us to focus on our own well-being while being inspired by the beauty and sound of the surrounding nature.   For Maria, wellness vacations are meaningful experiences with long-lasting positive effects as well as guiding us to simply make better lifestyle choices upon our return home.   

With seven days of retreat at Tulum we have the opportunity to focus our practice and truly benefit from a life-changing event.  We will be focusing on detoxification and re-energizing.  Maria has shared with us five of her top poses for detox and energy.

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“To promote detoxification one must first establish healthy breathing patterns (Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing). Yogic Breathing helps to clear out the carbon dioxide from the lung tissue.  The abdominal organs are massaged with every cycle of breath when the diaphragm is moving freely and naturally.   The practice of keeping the mind focused on deep breathing, rather than on the constant chatter of the mind, results in a natural detox of the mind.  You can start your detox with these powerful postures:

1)  Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svansana) - A partial inversion where the head is below the heart. This aids in circulation of blood and lymph. 

2)  Chair Pose with Twist (Parivrtta Utkatasana) - Squeezing & toning the abdominal organs while stimulating liver, spleen & the systems of digestion and elimination. 

3)  Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani) - Encourages stimulation of blood and lymph from the feet and legs and is soothing to the nervous system. 

4)  Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) - An inversion posture that helps drain accumulated fluid from the legs & upper body. 

5)  Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) - Improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system by reducing the strain on the heart.  Promotes internal heat while increasing the digestive fire.  Headstands also help to increase the functioning of the endocrine system; pineal and pituitary glands. 

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To enhance your flow of energy, practice these five poses:

 

 1)  Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) - A wonderful way to awaken the body and encourage the smooth powerful flow of Prana throughout the body.  

2)  Camel Pose (Ustransana) - A heart opening posture that stretches open the front side of the body and encourages the lung to expand. 

3)  Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2) - Leg strengthening & invigorating posture that awakens the Warrior within. 

4)  Side Plank (Vasisthasana) - A whole body strengthening pose that requires tremendous focus of the mind reducing mental stress and increasing our energy levels. 

5)  Chair Pose or Thunderbolt Pose (Utkatasana) - Also known as “Powerful Pose“ engaging the large muscles of the legs and glutes creating fresh new energy in the body while also awakening the spine.”

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Join us in Tulum at the Shambala Petite Hotel for an life-changing retreat with our amazing instructor, Maria Fillippone, May 21-28th.  For more information, check out this link

 tulum.wildwellnesstravel.com 

 

 

 

 

Balancing Act

Life is about balance. That old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, has true merit in today’s world.  It often seems as if the world is spinning by and we are just trying to hang on!  Somehow, we have come to see ourselves as super-people.  We have to be good at everything; from our families to our careers, our social life, our fitness – all of it.  If we don’t at excel at something, it feels as if we are falling behind. 

According to a new Pew Research Center study, more than half of working parents find it hard to balance work and family, and women are struggling more than men.  As we are usually the mainstay of the home, it falls on us to create meal plans, organize the social events, schedule the comings and goings of all family members, etc. When do we find the time four ourselves?

It isn’t just carving out an hour several times a day to go to the gym; it is the time it takes to make meal plans, organize a pantry, shop, and create healthy recipes that every family member will enjoy.  I get exhausted just thinking about it!  Today’s mother is a super-hero!

This is where I come in! The search for that balance has been one of the many reasons that clients come to me.  They are looking for help in creating balance in their lives.  How do you find the time to research all the variables in creating a healthy life path? You don’t have to; I have already done it for you. With some guidance and support, you can create balance in your world, feel less stressed, and enjoy the ride you’ve embarked on!  Check out the programs we have available for you at http://www.wildwellnesstravel.com/one-on-one-coaching/  We can’t wait to get started!

 

 

 

Holiday Baking – 4 Recipes for Gluten-Free Goodies

Holiday Baking – 4 Recipes for Gluten-Free Goodies

The holiday season can be a nightmare for those who are gluten-intolerant, as baked goods & sweets seem to pop up around every corner. But, never fear! Even gluten-free conscious eaters can still enjoy holiday treats. After 15 years of trial, error, learning and tasting, I have come up with the 4 delicious recipes for gluten-free holiday goodies! Click here to read get my recipes now. 

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Gluten-Free Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Here it is—the double whammy turkey dinner season! The holidays are upon us and nothing beats a great turkey dinner, complete with stuffing and gravy. Whether you are gluten-free yourself, or hosting a guest who is gluten-free this Thanksgiving, here are 2 gluten-free recipes to add to your holiday menu.

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