Tag Archives: Detox

Liquid Detox Weekends – Bowen Island Canada

4 Jan

March 18 – 20, 2016
April 8-10, 2016
May 20 – 22, 2016

RETREAT OVERVIEW
Join Andrea Clark, yoga instructor & owner of Nectar Yoga and Natasha Vaz, Holistic Nutritionist, Ayurvedic Practitioner & owner of Vaz Wellness, for a weekend on beautiful Bowen Island. This inspiring retreat will be filled with yoga, meditation, nature, freshly prepared juices, smoothies and warming soups all designed to detox your body and enhance your personal health and wellbeing.

This retreat is located at Nectar Yoga B&B on 1.3 acres of lush forest, just steps from the ocean. A place where you can breathe deeply, sleep soundly and feel revitalized by the abundance of surrounding nature.

A weekend with Andrea and Natasha will offer you a chance to reboot, detox your body and mind, and will introduce you to new techniques, information and skills that will create positive change in your life. This retreat is a blend of yoga, mediation, delicious organic food, trail exploration, reading, dreaming and conversations by the campfire.

Leave behind the usual distractions of life and arrive in a space of nourishment, movement, self-reflection and discovery. Reconnect with your internal happiness.

For more information, click here: Liquid Detox Weekend

Golden Fall Soup (Raw-Vegan)

28 Sep

Golden Fall Soup (raw-vegan)

From Chef Mirella: http://www.mirellasaraswati.com/golden-fall-soup-raw-vegan/

Fall is one of my favorite seasons when it comes to food. The local farmers market in Amsterdam fills up with pumpkins, root vegetables, apples and cabbages. It’s super colorful and I always need to control myself to buy just what I need and not buy everything that looks beautiful.

In this turbulent season of change the predominant sweet and heavy foods help to ground and nourish us. It is a beautiful example of the earth supplying exactly what we need.

This soup is like a little fall sunshine in a bowl. Made from yellow beats with tahini and ginger, this is a well combined raw soup for this season, being nutritious, warming and oh so tasty!

I serve this soup at room temperature and not chilled because the weather is already cold enough for me!

yellow beets

Ingredients (for two):

– 1 large yellow beet (or two small ones)

– 3 Tbsp Tahini

– 1 glove of garlic

– 1-1.5 inch piece of ginger

– one or two spring onions

– juice of 1 lemon

– Himalayan Salt (to your own taste)

– 1-2 cups of water water

Method:

Put the first 6 ingredients and one cup of water in to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add some salt and extra water if needed to get the right taste and consistency for your liking and give the blender another short swirl.

Enjoy the soup at room temperature or chilled!

Moroccan Spiced Quinoa Salad

14 Jun

Try this delicious recipe from my retreat partner and chef Mirella Saraswati. Join our upcoming Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat in September for more delicious food inspiration!

“At work I often make couscous salads. I add lots of delicious Moroccan spices, grated carrots, herbs and almonds and people love it. However I never eat it much myself because I try to avoid wheat. In an attempt to healthify my Moroccan couscous salad even more I decided to replace the couscous for quinoa.

Now, for a healthy food enthusiast I seem to eat a ridiculously low amount of quinoa. I must confess I’m just not a huge fan of the texture. There are only a couple of quinoa recipes that I really like and usually they are pretty stuffed with other delicious things so I don’t notice the quinoa too much. This recipe is one of those and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This salad is full of fresh veggies and herbs, nuts and spices. I used a ready-made spice mix called ‘Ras el Hanout’, which can be seen as the Moroccan variation of Garam Masala. You should be able to get this at an exotic or middle-eastern style supermarket, or you can mix the spices yourself from the recipe I share below.”

Moroccan Spiced Quinoa SaladIngredients:

Salad Fillings (serves 2-3):

–       1 cup quinoa, uncooked

–       2 medium carrots (grated)

–       ¼ cup raisins (soaked for 1 hour)

–       1 spring onion (thinly sliced)

–       1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)

–       handful of mint

–       handful of basil

–       1 avocado (sliced)

–       ½ cup of almonds

Dressing:

–       1/2 cup olive oil

–       1 small garlic clove

–       1 inch piece of ginger

–       3 tsp ras-el-hanout

–       1 tsp salt

–       juice of half a lemon

Ras el Hanout spice mix:

– 1 teaspoon ground cumin

– 1 teaspoon ground ginger

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

– 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

– 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking proces

Method

Cook the quinoa according to the package’s instructions, drain and let stand to cool.

In a dry frying pan, toast the almonds on medium heat until they start brown a little.

Prep all your veggies by grating the carrot and chopping the bell-pepper, spring onion, avocado and herbs.

In a small food processor or blender, combine the olive oil, garlic, ginger, Ras el Hanout, salt and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Taste and decide if you need more of any of the ingredients to balance the flavour out to your liking.

Add the quinoa to a bowl, mix in the dressing and toss till it’s well coated. Then stir through the carrot, bell-pepper, spring onion, mint, basil and raisins. Serve the quinoa salad topped with the toasted almonds and sliced avocado.

Enjoy!

Nectar Yoga Retreat Ibiza – Best Moments in Pictures.

5 May

I am home from a beautiful week of yoga and awakening. The sun was shining all week and we had many new experiences. From a vibrational healing gong bath to psychic readings to a day at the Balinese inspired spa. Join us for another adventure in September: http://nectaryoga.ca/ibiza-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ Namaste!

Gong Bath Vibrational Healing

Gong Bath Vibrational Healing

Morning Sunrise

Morning sunrise

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake

Savasana

Savasana

Raw Pasta

Raw Pasta

Namaste

Namaste

Relaxing at the pool

Relaxing at the pool

Our villa's pool

Our villa’s pool

Follow your heart

Follow your heart

Soup!

Soup!

Dining

Dining

Raw, Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding with a Green Smoothie for breakfast

Raw, Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding with a Green Smoothie for breakfast

Old Town Ibiza

Old Town Ibiza

Life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat

Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat

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Be Happy!

Be Happy!

Spring Cleanse – Chilled Avocado & Fennel Soup Recipe

1 May

Spring is the best time to scrub, cleanse, dust, shake, and get rid of the old cobwebs (inside and out). Here is an amazing detoxifying recipe from our Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat by chef Mirella.

avocado fennel soup

RECIPE

Chilled Avocado & Fennel Soup

Chuck full of nutrition, this raw-vegan spring soup makes for a well balanced, cleansing meal! It ads fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, protein and anti-oxidants to your diet in one go! Tastes best chilled and topped with your favorite vegan cheese and/or nuts! I used a home-made almond-cheese and roasted pistachios.

Ingredients for 4 bowls:

•           2 Avocados
•           1 fennel including the leaves
•           1 cucumber
•           Half a garlic clove
•           3 spring onions
•           juice of 1 lemon
•           ½ tsp of black pepper
•           ½ tsp of sea salt or rock salt
•           1 cup of spring water

Blend together until smooth. Add more water if needed to get the desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Top with crumbled almond cheese and pistachio nuts and garnish with some fennel leaves before serving.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca to join one of our upcoming Summer and Fall detox retreats.

Sold Out – Nectar Yoga Retreat Greece!

13 Apr

Thank you to all of you who inquired and are attending my upcoming Nectar Yoga Retreat in Greece. It is now SOLD OUT!

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I look forward to welcoming you on another exotic retreat in the near future.

Check out www.nectaryoga.ca for upcoming exotic Fall retreats including Spain and Morocco!

Raw Lettuce Tacos with Nut Meat & Mango Salsa

30 Mar

Are you interested in detoxifying your body but scared about changing your diet? During one of Nectar Yoga’s Detoxifying Yoga Retreats, Chef Mirella, will have you feeling cleansed and full of new recipe ideas. The food during your yoga retreat is meant to be light, nutritious, uplifting and inspiring. For one week we will refrain from eating any sugar, meat, dairy, wheat or caffeine. Seems difficult? You will be surprised about the variety and quality of the food. Try this delicious Raw Lettuce Taco Recipe by retreat Chef Mirella. 

Join us for a Yoga Detox Retreat in Morocco and Ibiza this fall for more detoxifying inspirations like this! Click HERE for Full Details. 

Raw Tacos with Mango Salsa

Raw Tacos with Mango Salsa

Recipe

Raw Lettuce Tacos with nut meat and mango salsa (serves 2)

Ingredients:

Nut Meat:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 4 sun-dried tomato halves
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon tamari

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Other:

  • Firm lettuce to use as tacos

Method:

Take a firm type of lettuce and use the leaves as tacos or wraps. I have used baby Romaine or Napa cabbage before.

For the nut meat, mix all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a chunky mixture with the consistency of ground taco meat. Try it and add spices according to your taste.

Put all of the ingredients of the mango salsa in a bowl and toss it around so the flavours mix well. You can make this a little ahead of time to let it marinade and let flavours soak in.

To serve, place a lettuce leave on your plate, top with walnut meat, mango salsa and optional guacamole.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca for all our Detox Retreat options.

Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat September 2015

23 Mar MoroccoYogaDetoxRetreatRoom

Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat, September 25 – October 1, 2015

Nectar Yoga and Mirella Saraswati team up for a rejuvenating week of yoga, relaxation, delicious cleansing food and exotic Moroccan landscapes this autumn.

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MoroccoYogaDetoxRetreatRoom

MOROCCO YOGA DETOX RETREAT OVERVIEW
Submerge yourself in a peaceful detoxifying environment, deepen your yoga practice, learn about nutrition & healthy cooking, cleanse and relax in Morocco this coming autumn. After a week at this magical oasis with us you’ll feel renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, we promise!

A peaceful haven welcomes you in the wonderland of the Moroccan countryside. The view of awesome dessert landscape and olive groves is a perfect setting to start off your day of yoga & well-being. You’ll be led through two daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, group discussions and lectures taught by Andrea from Nectar Yoga. Whether you are new to yoga or deepening your existing practice, you’ll gain a stronger awareness of your mind, body and spirit connection after your Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat.

Mirella Saraswati will have your taste buds watering before every meal. Each day we will enjoy inspirational, delicious, and extremely healthy creations. Informative demonstrations and lessons are included during this week. You’ll go home with a new relationship to food and the desire to eat clean. For some local flavor, Mirella will be working with a Moroccan cook to include some regional inspiration in the menu.

The Moroccan property features a main villa with two suites, surrounded by 5 private detached adobe cottages, which are truly one-of-a-kind. An expansive swimming pool, framed by shady umbrellas and lounge chairs overlooks the beautiful valley of Essaouira. The natural dessert landscape is dotted with olive trees and walking paths. This exclusive yoga retreat is your perfect detox sanctuary. Join us for a yoga detox retreat you’ll always remember.

Visit: http://nectaryoga.ca/morocco-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ for full details and to register!

Nectar Yoga Ibiza Retreat – SOLD OUT

23 Mar

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I am happy to announce that my Spring Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat is now SOLD OUT!

We are planning another this coming Fall, so reserve early.

Visit http://nectaryoga.ca/ibiza-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ for full details.

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We look forward to seeing you there!!!

Nectar Yoga Bahamas – Best Moments in Pictures

6 Dec

I’m back from a lovely trip to the Bahamas. Yoga, Detoxing, Meditation, Chanting, New Friends, Sun, and Inspiration! http://www.nectaryoga.ca

Here are some of my best moments in pictures.

Follow Your Heart Nectar Yoga

Follow Your Heart Nectar Yoga

Happy Tree

Happy Tree

Detox Yoga Class

Detox Yoga Class

Puja at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas

Puja at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas

Love Yoga

Love Yoga

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Breathe

Breathe

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Beautiful Paradise Island Beach Bahamas

Beautiful Paradise Island Beach Bahamas

Fly!

Fly!

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