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Keep Pedalling – It’s only rain!

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, by Steven Vacher

This article was first posted on CatherineWiggins.com

It is difficult to find the words to describe the joys of the extended summer experienced on the West Coast of Canada. As we head towards November, it seems as though we have only just wrapped up those T-shirt and cotton dress days to find the Fall rains starting to visit our shores.

I chose the best summer to sell my car this past summer. I had owned a cute VW Cabrio for more than 10 years and she was a charmer. Along with my two-wheeled vehicles I felt that I had the best transportation fleet in town. Yet there had been a subdued desire within me to ‘go carless’ and challenge myself to rely on my sturdy steel-framed Brodie as my main form of transformation. In June I took the plunge and I sold my beloved convertible to friends. My new life without a motor vehicle was beginning.

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7 Principals of Vijnana Yoga

Leslie_YoungSource: © 2003 Vijñāna Yoga Practice Manual, Orit Sen-Gupta.

We are over half way through the year.  The Summer Vacations are winding down, and children are preparing to return to school in September.  It is time to check in with your Yoga practices that have wavered through the summer?  Are you longing for a simple and precise practice?  Do you need to re-calibrate your work life balance to see you through the year end?  Let’s look at the 7 principals of Vijnana Yoga, defined by Orit Sen-Gupta and practiced by teachers and students of yoga around the globe to help you to revive your routines over the coming months.  You will be inspired by the simplicity of the concepts.

1. Relaxing the Body
In the beginning, relax the body. Inhale, and with the exhalation release tension. Inhale, and with the following exhalation scan the body from top to bottom and from the bottom upwards. Wherever there is gripping or tension – relax. The mind is looking at the body with a parental eye. With time one can observe tense areas releasing and embracing space. If areas of weakness are noticed, inhale into them with courage and enliven them with energy. Let excess leave the body; relax. Thus the body becomes stable and quiet.

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Foraging With Paul Stamets

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Foraging With Paul Stamets: Lessons From A Mycologist

If you have ever heard of Hollyhock, you will know it is an internationally renowned centre for lifelong learning on Cortes Island where people gather to learn and share knowledge for the enrichment and betterment of the earth and all creatures on it.  David, Billy and myself had the incredible opportunity to learn about mushrooms there from world expert, Paul Stamets and his team of four.  It was five days of travel (land, air AND sea), mushroom taxonomy (can you say “Cantharellus infundibuliformis”?) nourishing meals and best of all, foraging for mushrooms in the old growth forests.
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Hollyhock Garden to Table: Garden-Inspired Cooking Celebrating 30 Years of Exquisite Hollyhock Meals

Cookbook-GardentoTableHollyhock has done it again. Along with its stellar educational programs and spectacular island wilderness setting, Hollyhock has long been renowned for its organic garden inspired cuisine. “The food is incredible. Trust me on that one; I’m a Chef; I should know,” says Hunter M. of Vancouver in his Tripadvisor review. Hollyhock’s second cookbook Garden To Table has remained on the BC publishers bestseller list for several months since its release this March.

Authored by Hollyhock chefs Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley of Ripple Rock Farm and with a forward by internationally acclaimed health expert Dr. Andrew Weil, reviewers are heralding Hollyhock Garden To Table as “…a book about scrumptious food and the professional chefs who are advocates of sustainable, garden-fresh foods for the everyday table,” —Marilyn K. Alaimo, Chicago Botanical Garden. At the heart of Hollyhock’s flavourful cuisine is produce grown footsteps from the kitchen in a one-acre French intensive bio-dynamic garden. With its open kitchen Hollyhock guests witness the connection between soil and dining table as gardeners harvest produce daily and Hollyhock chefs work their magic with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Due to customer demand, New Society Publishers based on Gabriola Island, BC picked up the mantle to publish Hollyhock Garden to Table, 10 years after publishing best selling Hollyhock Cooks, Food to Nourish Body, Mind and Soil. With the success of both cookbooks foodies hope they wont’ have to wait another decade for the next installment.

At only $24.95, we’re able to offer this brand new selection of recipes from our kitchen for $5 less than our first cookbook published 10 years ago!

Order today by visiting our online store here.

Shh..Your Body is Speaking

Marie Manuchehri will teach you the language your body is speaking and how to respond to achieve profound and sustained health management and healing.  Discover the direct connection between your organs and your energy.  Everyone of us has the capacity to tap into our sensations and serve our body and mind what we need.  Marie’s Intuitive Health Program will Invigorate your self-healing skills with intuition for greater health and well-being.

Marie_ManuchehriMarie Manuchehri, RN, is a nationally known energy intuitive, author, Reiki master and teacher. She is also a medium with the ability to connect with those on the other side. Marie’s ability to see, feel and hear the human energy system enables her to facilitate healing on a quantum level. Marie’s radio program, The Marie Manuchehri Show…Where Energy and Medicine Meet, airs live in Seattle and online – attracting listeners from around the world. She is the author ofIntuitive Self-Healing (Sounds True 2012), along with a six CD set, How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides.energyintuitive.com


Join Marie for her Program, Intuitive Health, on Cortes Island at Hollyhock, June 14 – 19, 2013.