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 🙂

 

 

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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.

Taste the Wonder…

Taste the Wonder…

For those of you living under a rock, Wonderfruit is ready for their next, magical event this coming December 14-17th, 2017!!! Ticket prices go up on the 5th September so make sure you don’t miss out on their pre-selling tickets! I realize that I haven’t been very active but this I need to share…

This February, 2017 was my first experience with Wonderfruit and I can tell you this, it was spectacular… and just so you get the feel of what I experienced, here are videos of our daily diary at Wonderfruit by the amazing, Sebastien Gilbert from Maldavar Films

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As you can see, Wonderfruit is full of color and surprises. There are so many activities available such as, pottery, paper mache, yoga, meditation, dance, talks, and so much more! And even though you will be in the middle of a beautiful nowhere, the atmosphere will always be vibrant and full of life ♡

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The glamping tents were awesome! There were 2 queen sized airbeds, a lamp, a mirror, an aircon/fan (depending on which tent you choose), and a safety box. Only people staying at the glamp site were granted permission to enter and the bathrooms and showers were totally clean. Use the showers before 9am to skip long lines!

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On our way to explore the whole site with Ange Gomez and Chi Filameno 

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Dancing and chilling on everyone’s favorite stage, The Solar Stage. This superb stage was designed and created by Gregg Fleishman, whose creations are regular highlights at the Burning Man festivals. Below is a photos taken by Sebastien Gilbert of the stage lit up at night. Amazing, isn’t it!?

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With the always beautiful Drag Queen, Pangina from one of Bangkok’s best bars, Maggie Choos. She performed at the Forbidden Fruit stage one night.

Photo below by Sebastien Gilbert
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Jammin out with our ears out!

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The awesome Manila team who made Wonderfruit even more memorable ✯

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Henna art by one of the many stalls in Wonderfruit.

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If I didn’t mention this in my last post, dogs and children are welcome!

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With one of our very talented Filipina performers, Jess Connelly.

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Body art and face paint available by NYX, Thailand.

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Art installations errwhere! Be there or be square!

Special thanks to Third Culture Music for making this dream a reality!

♪ Purchase your tickets now! ♪

Wonderfruit 2017

Wonderfruit 2017

I am too excited! On 16th-20th February, Wonderfruit will be there to experience, and it has soooo much in store for us this year. Wonderfruit is not like any other music festival; other than their great music line-up, this festival teaches us how we can live sustainably, while enjoying every single minute of it…

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The festival is spread out onto the vast fields of Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand, only a couple of hours from Bangkok.

There, I will be staying in a Bell Tent fully equipped with everything I’ll be needing for the 4 day event! There is also a large area for camping or parking RVs throughout the 4 day festival. Water is even free, just bring your own bottle! Everything you need will be there..

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There will be educational seminars and workshops from inspiring and intellectual people from all over the world who want to share their innovative ideas. One seminar I wont be missing is by Paula Miquelis, “How to Turn Garbage Into Gold”, and I will definitely be taking part in the farming workshops! I can’t wait!

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Plenty of fun activities will be available throughout the festival from art, bicycling, farming, cooking, eating, exploring, meditating, yoga, skating, belly dancing, martial arts, and so much more!

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This is a family event, so kids and animals welcome!

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Music will be playing all day until late hours of the night… come dance with me..

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Affordable flights and tickets are still available so make sure you don’t miss out on this magnificent event! Visit www.wonderfruit.com to learn more and buy your Full Passes using my DISCOUNT CODE : PHIL114 for 15% off!

♡ See you there at wonderful, Wonderfruit ♡

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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