I just had to share how beautiful the kayaking it is here. See how calm the water is? It’s almost ALWAYS like this on the North Fork or Long Long Island’s East End. I had to spend two days in the city to work with Steve Goodman, my business partner, and meet some truly wonderful people making some truly exciting and wonderful products ( hint: GORGEOUS eco yoga clothing!) So while I was doing my city thing, Liv ( our newest staff member: you’ll be reading some great blogs from her in upcoming weeks) and, Annette, a regular juice faster, and raw foodist in training– discovered this great spot to drop the kayaks and bliss out with nature. Charles was on hand to snap these beautiful pictures. Maybe soon we will take videos to share wtih you while on these beautiful and fun moments. Annette thought this was a very good way to spend an afternoon in between juices! Hope you can come hohm soon and float along with us sometime this summer!
Category Archives: Retreats
The sacredness of breaking your fast and the realization of the blessed gift of food are incredibly beneficial parts of the juice fasting process. While I was preparing the morning break-fast fruit plates for our wonderful guests, I was contemplating the beauty and sacredness of the first meal after a fast. After days of not eating, we can come to our food as though we are infants, as though we have been reborn to the sumptuous experience of eating. The fresh watermelon, crisp and airy, floats in the mouth like a full, pink cloud. The grapes are sweet and striking on the tongue. As I cut the watermelon into pyramids and arranged the plate into a blossom of color, the sun came through the window like a gentle flame and shone upon my fingers.
The world paused. When we are present to the aliveness of our food, we can discover the aliveness of ourselves. When we are present for the life cycle of our food, we are more present in the cycles of our own lives. This is why keeping a garden can be such a grounding, transformative experience. As we dig our hands though the soft soil and place our seedlings into the ground, our bodies become a part of the birthing of our food. We are a part of the growth process from start to finish, and when we finally taste the “fruit” (or lettuce, or zucchini) of our labor, we intrinsically understand that we are provided with everything we could ever need. And when we keep present during our food preparation, our food is truly blessed.
If keeping a garden is impossible for you, support your local growers. Stay close to your sweet feet. Here at Hohm, we keep our own garden, and buy from our local farmers. Next time you have a meal, try taking a deep breath before you eat. Smell your food. Admire it’s color and richness. Enjoy!
Mr Kenny Page, esquire departed today 10 pounds lighter refreshed and inspired with new kundalini yoga sets!
We rarely can accept men here at our sacred retreat, unless they come as the beloved’s of one of our regular yogini clients. But this man won us over, and we are so glad. We loved meeting and supporting Kenny through his first ever juice cleanse, and look froward to welcoming him back hohm often. He has an intense law practice in New York City so really needed the restorative time to tune back in to his center. We hope he made some headway on a very cool novel he his writing!
Showers here at our cleanse. Perfect yoga flow to the sound of soft rain, wind chimes in the distance, and an incredible crackling fire. Outside the daffodils are happily drinking rain and patiently awaiting the sun. Good cleanse weather! Spring cleaning our house too. Found this great book, such fantastic rescource! Check it out if you are looking for “yogini approved” housekeeping formulas and tips: <http://www.supernaturalhomequiz.com/>
Juice Cleansing is really something we do when we are about to change, transform something or everything about our lives. So doing new things, or just the urge to do them happens. We have guests that set up easels around the house to paint, some that knit by the fire and produce an entire project over the course of a juice fast, some that do things they have never done before such as our recent guest Jenny who had so much energy she learned how to kayak, and to horseback ride! Even thought it is DECEMBER upon us, just this past week juice cleanse retreat guest enjoyed a day of kayaking ( wow LOVED this! We just bundled up in a parka and even felt HOT while paddling) one day and took english saddle riding lessons for the two days following. This group was taking a class, learning about water, juice smoothies to maintain the restoration acheived during a five day juice cleanse.
This absolutely gorgeous picture is composite of three different pictures, of “Helix Nebula” and color enhanced. Affectionatly known as “The Eye of God” this composite is so well done, really beautiful work of art: both human and divine, and as art, just purely divine. The beauty we have in the sea below and the cosmos above that we have to fly and dive to see!
The picture is of the beautiful Helix Nebula, which is a star at the end of it’s life cycle. IT is what our own sun will look like one day a few millenia from now. It is thought to be visible only once every 3,000 years, but it has always been there and always is visible, and that is a lovely thing: we have been “gazed upon” always and forever.. Its a beautiful universe however you look at it.
Any new recipes for me on my first day semi-raw again?:)
from Babita in Trinidad
What a cute name! Like, “cute little baby” in spanglish.
I live in New York, in a rural farm area where most of the food we eat is grown within a few miles of our bodies. We ( Charles Wildbank my partner and myself) also of Irish and Italian heritage so the foods that grow around us here are very much the same as the foods grown and available in Ireland and Italy. Perhaps you are from India? And living in Clalifornia? So here is what we are cooking today:
mushrooms, leeks, carrots, local onions and just picked butternut squash and garlick and water, a splash of wine, in the crock pot ( we get too busy to cook during the day but when the cold night comes we find we are very hungry and look forward to this hot stew from the slow cooking crock pot). I also tossed a hand full of wheat berries into the pot.
So when we enjoy this tonight, we will have a glass of local wine–literally ONE glass of wine between the two of us ( we have the best vinyards small family ones a short walk away) and a large serving ( just as much as the cooked mushroom stew) of parsley, thyme, shallot salad.
Chop the herbs ( we STILL have super green abundant parsley and thyme and rosemary growning like crazy) finely together with the shallot, a pinch of sea salt ( Celtic for us Irish, Himalayan for those of you from the East), some mustard/wine vinagrette dressing.
We will put a pile of the raw herb salad atop the bowl of cooked mushroom/squash stew.
Enjoy, remember “love” is the equation. Love your heritage, love your world, love you food. love your self.