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Holly, Jolly Holistic Holidays

Happy Holidays to all of you! 

I just wanted to shoot you a quick holiday mindfulness survival guide in the form of a little piece I wrote for Life & Thyme. They are pretty awesome - their video series Migrant Kitchen has won several Emmy Awards and their content is unparalleled. You'll find some Jingle Bell  STOP to STARs as well as a few Reindeer Cat/Cows to help you through the festive chaos. Thank you for finding your OM with me! xx A CLICK HERE TO READ- (Nope, you don't have to join)

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Slovenia Retreat August 29 - Sept 5, 2018

SLOVENIA RETREAT AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 5

Before July 2017, if you’d asked me to find Slovenia on a map, I wouldn’t know where to start. Then my mother, a devout corn-fed Iowan, sent me this article about Senator Harkin of Iowa’s homeland, Slovenia the same day I happened to be devouring an episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix featuring Hisa Franko…  also in Slovenia.

 Where was this place???

 Flash forward to August. I’d not only managed to find Slovenia on the map, I was there living out my Chef’s Table fantasy and I knew INSTANTLY that I needed to do a retreat before the tourists cramming into Croatia discovered its neighbor is just as stunning, but without the crowds.

 I’m inviting you to join me in Slovenia August 29, September 5, 2018  for a trip you'll never forget. Limited spaces are going quickly. Be sure to register soon.

 

Our Journey

We’ll begin in the capitol, Ljubljana (say that 3 times fast) where downtown’s pedestrian-only district is punctuated by what the NY Times calls "Secessionist and Baroque buildings, connected by legend-laden bridges along the Ljubljanica River.” Full of cafes, rivers and parks, you’ll feel the influence of neighboring Italy as you wander up to the Castle perched on the hilltop, enjoy the vibrant marketplace and its fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, delicacies and artisan treasures. Our days will be the perfect combination of yoga practice (appropriate for all experience levels), sightseeing and time to enjoy an espresso or glass of wine while paddle boarders and boats drift by.

Then we’ll head out to the countryside where you’ll find yourself seduced by the vast green meadows, picturesque mountains and shockingly azure rivers of Slovenia. When I first saw them I was pretty sure I’d stumbled into heaven.
 
With this stunning backdrop we will enjoy daily yoga, excursions to Postojna cave, Savica waterfall, Bled and Bohinj lakes. Not to mention lunch at Hisa Franko – home of  “The World’s Top Female Chef.” Plus options for you to bike, hike, swim and raft should you feel so inclined during our stay. 

Just S(OM) You Know

Slovenia was once part of Yugoslavia and has historically been at the crossroads of European cultures and trade routes. Formerly Socialist, it is now a parliamentary republic and joined NATO and the European Union in 2004. Its extraordinary past and unparalleled landscapes will inspire your creative spirit as it has writers, artists and artisans for centuries. I don’ think you’ve ever been anywhere quite like it. I know I haven’t.

 
We will use your yoga mat as a magic carpet to adventure inward and out into the world. Stretching yoga from our mats to our lives is what I call being Close to Om. I can’t wait to find our Om together in Slovenia.

 

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