July Events at Soul Sierra

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Exciting events coming up this July!

If you’re in Cebu or coming to visit, make sure you attend one of these amazing gatherings happening at Soul Sierra every weekend. The first weekend event coming up is…

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Awaken Your Senses as we embark on an exciting journey through sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.

  • Awaken your sense of sight with nature and breathtaking views at Soul Sierra.
  • Awaken your sense of smell with compelling workshops on Essential Oils by Aroma Therapist and Wellness Advocate, Chua Hong Leong.
  • Awaken your sense of taste with cacao, healthy elixers, and soul-food by plant-based chef, Divine.
  • Awaken your sense of touch and hearing through Kundalini Yoga, Transcendance, and Sound Healing with an amazing Sound Healer, DJ, and Kundalini Instructor, Neil Belen.

A weekend of exploration, yoga, healing, wellness, and good food!

 Day 1 Schedule:

2PM-4PM Chakra Balancing with Essential Oils with Hong

4:15PM-5PM Cacao Circle with Kymberly

5PM-6:30PM Kundalini Yoga with Neil

6:30PM-8PM Sound Healing with Neil

8PM-9PM Soul Food cooked by Divine

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Day 2 Schedule:

2PM-4PM Essential Oils to Improve Your Wellbeing with Hong

4:15PM-5PM Cacao Circle with Kymberly

5PM-6:30PM Transcendance with Neil

6:30PM-8PM Sound Healing with Neil

8PM-9PM Soul Food cooked by Divine

 

About Essential Oils

Purify is a doTERRA essential oil blend composed of select essential oils known for their cleansing, purifying, and protecting properties

Essential oils are extraordinary substances with thousands of years of historical use for treating everything from an infected wound to the plague. There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible and they were even part of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming process for mummification. Essential oils have been used traditionally in Greek, Roman, and Chinese medicine.

Essential oil molecules are unique in that they have the ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the skin, tissues, and blood. They can travel throughout the body in just minutes, whether applied to the skin or inhaled. They are metabolized by the body just like other nutrients. Essential oils have been studied for their ability to support important bodily functions such as the secretion of neurotransmitters, antibodies, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes.

So incorporating essential oils into your daily lives isn’t such a bad idea!

 

Meet our guest speaker, Chua Hong Leong

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Hong is trained in Aroma Therapy, Meditation, Qigong and Acupressure and has been a practitioner for over 30 years. He is a wellness and essential oils advocate.

In these workshops, Hong will guide you to a deeper understanding of your Chakras and how you can improve your health and wellbeing by incorporating the magic of essential oils.

 

About Cacao Circles

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Sacred cacao circles are beautiful rituals where people gather together and drink cacao, a heart expanding elixir, which is also known as ‘Food of the Gods’. Raw cacao has many benefits as it is high in magnesium, iron, zinc, antioxidants, and much more. It is an anti-depressant and some say, a natural stimulant!

We sit together in circle and honor the cacao spirit while enjoying each others company and sending the energies of love and gratitude to the world. Cacao is a heart opener which means that we can be more emotionally receptive, compassionate, giving, and loving to others, to ourselves, and to all beings and living things around us.

A fun way to be grateful while enjoying the health benefits and taste of Mother Cacao!

 

Meet our Cacao Circle Facilitator

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Myself! Cacao ceremonies were introduced to me in 2018 by a dear friend and quickly became a part of my daily ritual after traveling to Bali, as I observed the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits it gave me. 

Enjoy a warm tasty cup of nutritious cacao and join us as we share a communion of gratitude and self-love!

 

About Kundalini Yoga

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Kundalini is a Sanskrit term from ancient India that identifies the arising of an energy and consciousness which has been coiled at the base of the spine since birth, and is the source of the life force (pranic energy, chi, bio-energy). 

Kundalini is all about releasing the kundalini energy in your body using fast movements, invigorating postures, breath exercises, and can involve chanting, mantra, and meditation. It is powerful, intense and beautiful all at the same time!

 

About Transcendance

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Transcendance is a program in which people gather to enjoy music and move freely, also known as ecstatic dancing. Through sound and movement we are able to release tension in our physical and energetic bodies and explore the beauty of movement without judgement. In Transcendance we encourage no alcohol or drugs, and refrain from speaking or taking videos or photos as we want to make everyone feel as comfortable as they can, and without distractions. When you can bring down the walls built by social expectation, you will be able to make a deep connection with your soul and to the music. That is a feeling you won’t forget!

 

About Sound Healing

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Imagine being immersed in beautiful sounds that are healing to your body, mind and soul?

Sound Healing is the ancient practice of using sonic frequency aka vibration as a tool to recalibrate the human body, relax the mind, and nourish the soul. With the profound sounds of a gong and crystal bowls, the feeling of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body and spirit, fill you completely. Some experience emotional healing, and others great insights into their lives. It takes you into deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and an acceleration into your journey within. Time is suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience.

Once you’ve had your first Sound Bath, you’ll definitely leave wanting more!

 

Meet our Kundalini Yoga Instructor, DJ, & Sound Healer

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Neil Belen is a visionary musician, album artisan, multimedia producer, inner engineer, and community cultivator, born and raised in Long Beach, California. His frequent travels has brought a deepened awareness of self, an enhanced perspective of others, and an appreciation of wellness for all.

Neil has realigned with his soul purpose to serve the world with the Sound Healing in order to enhance one’s well being and reawaken the population to our maximum potential. His central source of sound is currently the 32” Saturn Gong, which is tuned to the planet Saturn and activates the Third Eye Chakra, an energy center that increases our vision, focus, intuition, guidance, readiness, and awareness of all things divine. By activating this energy center through sound, we are able to get clarity on our endeavors, expand our vision beyond perceived limitations, and strengthen our trust and intuition in our actions that manifest our dreams into reality.

 

Meet our Plant-Based Chef

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Divine Maitland-Smith is my awesome sister and has been passionate about food for years! She has recently found her love for creating plant-based dishes, which obviously makes me melt! ❤ She finds excitement experimenting with vegetables and herbs, and believes in compassionate cooking.

Divine will be cooking up delicious soul food to fill our bellies after each relaxing sound healing session.

This will be an unforgettable experience!

 

Tickets are 1500 PHP OR 1600 PHP with car service OR 3000 PHP for both days with car service included.

Click your chosen link to purchase your tickets! -> Eventbee | Eventbrite

*** If you are interested in staying at Soul Sierra on Saturday night, both events are inclusive and the price, including 2 meals for one person is 7500 PHP / for two people 12000 PHP

AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER only happening this July! ***

Please email us at retreats@soulsierra.ph if this interests you as we have limited rooms!

Follow Soul Sierra on Instagram and Facebook to stay posted on more of our events 🙂

 

 

TranscenDANCE – Ecstatic Dance

TranscenDANCE – Ecstatic Dance

Hi, Everyone!

 Its been a loooong while since my last post! There’s just a lot going on in my life, as I’m sure is the same for you. My last post was about the Animal Rights March and many life changing things have happened since then that I won’t be able to share on this blog… for now, but also many great things, like….. SOLTI is finally available in Siargao, Iloilo, and El Nido! Wowowooo! And that, tomorrow, my friends and I will be launching an Ecstatic Dance Movement in Cebu called, TranscenDANCE! We’re so excited to start and we can’t wait to get feedback. Tomorrow is also my sister’s birthday and she was ever so kind to volunteer to be the DJ for the event :] Transcendance will be held in Asmara Urban Resort at 9 30 AM – 12 PM, PHP200 entrance including pool use for the day. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do ❤

For those of you who haven’t heard of ecstatic dance, it is a space for self expression, movement, and release. A space where you can move any way you want to, feel any way you need to, and be who you are, completely with no judgments.

Below is a video from the Byron Bay Spirit Festival that beautifully showcases what its like to be in an ecstatic dance.

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Doesn’t it look like fun!? No drugs, no alcohol, just sober dance to beautiful music…

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Details on our event can be seen on here. We do hope you can join us tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, next time! ❤

Much love and happiness to you all x

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

My sister came over the other day and taught me how to make vegan bechamel sauce. Since then I’ve been eating a little bit too much of it, but nevertheless! This recipe will help you put down the dairy and pick up the soy!

While boiling the pasta, heat another pan on low heat and pour a cup of soy milk and a spoon of dairy-free butter (I like to use Nuttelex Original. You can buy this in Landers & SNR)

Stir till the butter has melted and slowly pour in some flour while stirring. It’s important to keep stirring or whisking so that the flour doesn’t clump! Add about half a cup of flour. If you want a thicker sauce add even more flour, and if you want it to be soupy, add less. Play with it!

When you find the right consistency for you, add chopped onions and garlic and continue to stir. Throw in the sliced zucchini and let simmer.

I like to add nutritional yeast to give it a cheezier flavor. Add about two tablespoons. If your sauce has become too thick for your liking, add a dash more soy milk and continue to stir.

You’re nearly done!

Drain your pasta, mix it in with the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

There it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥒

Bon appétit!

My 2017 Euro Trip – FRANCE 🇫🇷

My 2017 Euro Trip – FRANCE 🇫🇷

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Touchdown and fresh off the boat straight to the Louvre 🙌🏼 It was a perfect summer’s day.

At the Notre Dame.

You can’t guess where we went to next… one of the first vegan restaurants in Paris, Le Grenier De Notre Dame 😻🌱 The dishes were not only colorful, they were very tasty and flavorful, and of course, nutritious!

And then of course some sorbet for the lady. Don’t be fooled, it was delicious.

To Musée Picasso!

Beautiful work and beautiful quotes by Picasso himself cover the rooms in Hôtel Salé. What a great museum to visit.


Palace of Versailles

The gardens were amazing! There’s a lot to see so make sure you wear comfortable shoes!

So much history on these walls. Truly a magnificent palace, full of intricate gold details. Being surrounded by such beauty and history really makes you recognize the evolution of design and appreciate where it came from.

Merci beaucoup!


Burger time!

Sorry, I ate the burger before I could take a photo of it…

On to… Tour de Eiffel with my boos!!!

Together again from Cebu to Paris, baby. My gal, Natacha ♥️

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Time for a night out at the Titty Twister…

New friends! À votre santé!


Someone’s excited.

Walking around the Parliament.

Awesome vibes during Fête de la Musique! My new woman crush.

Lunch time at Le Pain Quotidien

Small streets pleasantly covered in graffiti & posters.

Then a tour around the most colourful street in Paris, Rue Crémieux 🌸 🌼

After a lot more walking, we reached Sacré-Cœur, an 18th century basilica on the top of Montmartre, Paris.

Just look at this Romano – Byzantine architecture. It’s incredible.

I could spend hours, even a day or two at some of Paris’s famous sites, but unfortunately we didn’t have much time left to spend. Our last night in Paris…

Yes, we returned to Le Grenier De Notre Dame for our last supper 🤗 🌱

Then I took Mike to see the famous Avant-Garde cabaret show in Paris…. Crazy Horse! It was so much fun and very very creative show. The performances were colorful, edgy, sexy and very elegant. I highly recommend it!

(We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but here are some images I took from the website.)

The after party with Mr. Pleased.

Our last drink with our other half, Natacha, and our last drink in Paris.

Thank you, boo for showing us a great time! Thank you Paris for having us! You are as beautiful as always🙏🏼 Merci

My 2017 Travels – SAN REMEGIO WATERS

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Canoeing + wine + sunshine.

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The beautiful sky, sea and sand. Simple, yet so spectacular. Cebu definitely still has it’s treasures.

All you need is an awesome crew ♥️ … and a friend’s beach house!

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A boyfriend who’s a deep sleeper is always amusing…

The crew: Rafa, Rachael, Paolo, Julian, Jaime & Mike. Thank you For having us, Jaime!

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You can never have too much vitamin sea 🙏🏼 wearing my reversible SOLTI bodysuit.

Ethical activewear by SOLTI

Ethical activewear by SOLTI

 Thank you to my friends and family for helping me create this consciously aware fashion line! It has been a journey!

 SOLTI became an ethical line naturally; honestly, I wasn’t aware with what I was doing, I was just being me in the process. I like to find ways in which I can help others and the environment, and collecting “waste” fabrics just happened to be part of the creation. I found joy in knowing that every piece of “waste” fabric could be turned into something useful and beautiful for someone else, and that it would make even a small difference in the environmental impact.

 I learnt that in China, 26 million tonnes of textile is waste annually! The environmental impact there must be colossal! After visiting landfills here in Cebu, I could just imagine how great our impact to global warming is, and thats when it hit me, I could help make a difference.

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 Most of our SOLTI pieces are reversible, which also helps you buy less, store less, and pack less when you travel. In Britain, the average person only wears 70% of the clothing in their wardrobe. 30% is a lot of space wasted!

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 “All our textiles have been recovered from fabric cast aside by large manufacturers. This reduces the need for landfill space and lessens water and air pollution. Through our holistic approach, our designs are created with you and the planet in mind.”

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 Mix and match your pieces with our individually sold items – SOLTI knows that every body is different and beautiful in their own unique way.

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 Though we are focusing on reversible swimwear and activewear clothing at the moment, you can be sure to expect more from SOLTI by the end of the year!

Did you know that each of our Cebuano handmade SOLTI pieces are named after Philippine Islands?

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Please visit and share my online store – www.staysolti.com ❤️

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Simple and light, perfect for dinner.

– Boil 1 teaspoon of sesame oil with 3 cups of vegetable broth (I used one from Healthy Options)

– Add 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/3 a large carrot, and a handful of broccoli

– If you’d like, add soy meat/tofu to the mixture and let cook

– After 3 minutes, add the noodles of your choice (I used a mixture of rice & glass noodles) and cook for another 2 minutes

– Add a tablespoon of liquid aminos or vegan soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

– Squeeze in some lemon and it’s ready for you to eat!

Enjoy! ❤