SOUL SIERRA

Hi, Everyone!

I’m so excited to share this with you! Our family home is now, Soul Sierra – the wellness place ❤

We are opening our doors this Friday for our first ever wellness retreat, BE PRESENT 4 Days & 3 Nights Boutique Retreat!

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It all happened so quickly thanks to, Grant Kellogg, who is one of our facilitators flying in from Bali. I met Grant in April, on my first day in Ubud, Bali. I know everyone who’s been around him can agree that he sparks a bright light in your heart, and I cannot wait to have you all meet him!

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Another amazing yogi who will be joining us is, Jonah Kest. He will be facilitating beautiful and innovative yoga classes for us during the retreat, as well as for our weekend events (I will share those, shortly).

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Apart from the 4 day retreat, we also have 2 afternoon events that will integrate with the retreat. These events are open to all:

  • Saturday 1st June – Cacao Transcendance 4pm – 7pm

 A Cacao Ceremony full of love, inspiration and oneness held by Grant Kellogg, followed by an enchanting Ecstatic Dance session with music by Divine Maitland-Smith.

 Ecstatic Dance is where you can let go and free your body through movement. Everyday we lead our bodies to do things we ‘need to do’, but what about letting our bodies lead us? Give this time to listen to your Self. Allow your body to flow which ever way it wants, letting go of judgement and fear. This is a safe place for transformation, healing, and releasing blockages or emotions. The space is open for all ages and all beings with an open heart and mind. We are all here together on our own journeys but we forget that we are all here as One.

Join us as we drink cacao and transcend into the depths of our souls.

Rules:

– Honor the space by not talking or taking photos/videos

– Embrace the dance space as sacred and safe

– Enjoy the journey. (If you can get out of your head and into your heart with your movement, you will have an amazing experience)

What to expect:

– Delicious cacao!

– Water and fruit

– Wear comfortable clothes and please bring swimwear, towels, and a change of clothes incase of rain as we will continue to dance

– There may be congestion by Temple of Leah, so please schedule to arrive by 4PM

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Purchase tickets HERE.

 

  • Sunday 2nd June – New Moon Chocolate Yoga 4pm – 7pm

 A Cacao Ceremony for manifestation and empowerment held by Grant Kellogg, followed by a Hip Hop Vinyasa class by Jonah Kest.

 A beautiful sunset yoga session in the luscious mountains of Cebu City with an extremely skilled yogis. You won’t want to miss this session! Let go of any distractions and give this time for yourself by focusing on the present and on what’s happening on your mat. This is the time to let go of self-doubt and fear, and become the best version of yourself. Through yoga and breath, we can connect to the Source and remember the power we have within us.

What to expect:

– Delicious cacao!

– Water and fruit

– Wear comfortable yoga or gym clothes

– Please bring a yoga mat. If you don’t have one there will be mats available

– There may be congestion by Temple of Leah, so please schedule to arrive by 4PM

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Purchase tickets HERE.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! Please do share ❤

I hope to see you this weekend or at our future retreats and events! Please follow Soul Sierra on Facebook and Instagram to see more photos of the wellness place and stay posted.

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Namaste.

TranscenDANCED in Asmara

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What an enlightening experience!!!

I was so nervous on Saturday morning, I kept going through all the things I wanted to say during the event. PLUS it was my sister’s birthday so I wanted to make sure she was having a good time.

The weather was beautiful that day, and Asmarawas ready for us to set up when we arrived at 9 15. When people started arriving, I was surprised to see so many new faces, and even familiar faces of friends who I did not expect to see at the event. It was a wonderful feeling :] We started by sitting in a circle, explaining the event, the rules and, what to expect during the dance. There were about 20 of us, most of which have never experienced ecstatic dance before. We started by stretching and shaking our bodies to get warmed up, and then we brought our attention to the breath. So it began…

Transcendance DO’S:

✅ You are FREE to express yourself
✅ Free to move or just mediate on the side or do yoga
✅ No need to follow steps
✅ Parents can bring their kids

Transcendance DONT’S:
❌ No shoes
❌ No alcohol
❌ No drugs
❌ No phones/cameras
❌ No talking in the space

Unfortunately I don’t have any more photos or videos to post just yet, but I will get a few to share with you all soon! Since it was our first time we decided to document some parts of the event, that way others can get an idea of what the experience is all about, and hopefully, join in next time!

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This was only my 3rd ecstatic dance experience and although I was worrying about how people were going to react, I was beautifully surprised and happy to see that everyone was so open and receptive to the music and to the movement. I loved catching people in the eyes and then smiling at them, I loved seeing people full of joy and letting go of judgments, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in that space together where we were all embracing the moment and becoming one. I felt emotional and fulfilled.

After about an hour, the music leaded us to shavasana and then we came together for the sharing circle. This was when my heart grew and melted. Everyone shared very kind words about the event, but most importantly, shared their personal experience without fear. I thrive on openness and oneness, and that was given to me last Saturday morning, HASHTAG BLESSED! Haha… :-p . I saw myself in each person and felt so connected to them, to my surroundings, and to my body and soul. We then surprised Divine with a birthday cake :] It was delightful to see her so happy as this was only the second time for her to DJ ecstatic dance music. She did a great job by the way, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister!

I’m very grateful to Princess and Jangee for inviting me to start this movement with them, and very thankful for my sister and boyfriend for being so supportive of my ventures. Thank you Asmara for the venue! We are very excited for the future of Transcendance! Please stay tuned on my facebook page for the upcoming events.

Namaste ❤

 

Forearm balance

Forearm balance

Practicing forearm stand variations.

How to practice doing forearm stands, headstands, and handstands:

∞ practice against a wall

∞ if you must, push your legs up and lean your feet against the wall till you find your balance

∞ activate your core

∞ slowly push your feet away from the wall and find your balance

∞ you may start closer to the wall and when you feel more comfortable, move further and further away

∞ practice is the key, so don’t stop trying!

Good luck!

Wearing the reversible Boracay Thong from SOLTI Activewear & top from H&M

Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

See no evil.

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Hear no evil.

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Speak no evil.

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They say that theres a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but don’t take them to a slaughter house, and Dana Ellyn’s paintings says it all-

What you don’t see or hear doesn’t exist, but the sorry truth is that it DOES. Every single day, thousands and thousands of animals are kept in confined spaces, are mistreated, and then slaughtered just to satisfy people’s taste buds for 10 minutes. And because no one actually sees this happening, how could it matter to them?

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It all started when we were kids. Most of us ate whatever was put on our plates without question and without even being told where it came from. Advertisements on television showed hotdogs filled with cheese, burgers and spaghetti meat balls. Parents told us we had to drink lots of milk so we could grow big and strong, but no one taught us the process from animal to mouth, and why would they? Why teach anyone, especially kids about the harm caused to these animals? If they were educated about it, they probably wouldn’t eat it and that couldn’t happen because what else would they eat? “Its takes too much trouble to be a vegan/vegetarian”– and this is only because we, too were not educated on this type of diet.

In my opinion, just because eating meat is human tradition, habit and some say, a key to survival, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach children how their food is made. We all knew chicken came from a chicken, pork came from a pig, and beef came from a cow, but we didn’t know what goes behind the process of animal farming, and some of us still don’t know. When we were kids, most of us loved animals and still do, so when was it okay for us to think that it was right to kill and eat them? When was is okay to eat a pig but not a dog? How did we learn to eat the way we do?

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I wish I questioned what was on my plate. I wish I was taught about the horrors of the meat industry, even at a young age. I think it is important to know and to share to our children about what is going into their bodies, and of course, what happens to these helpless animals when they’re kept in factories. These days, most to all inorganic meat produce contains antibiotics, unnatural flavour enhancers and other toxic chemicals. Educating yourself about the food you eat is by far the most important thing I think anyone should strive to do.

What you’re putting into your body is what makes you. You digest it, whether it’s healthy or harmful for you.

“IF YOU CAN’T WATCH THE PROCESS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT.”

Paintings by vegan artist, Dana Ellyn.