Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Kabocha Squash

by Rebeka Carpenter:

We serve innumerable Kale Salads at Hollyhock every year.  Our gardening team grows all the kale one could possibly need to serve the thousands of peeps we do every season.  All our cooks have their own twist on kale salad, depending upon what is in the larder on any given day.  So lest your kale become lonely and wilty in your garden or fridge, do use this merely as a guide and allow your imagination to run kale or this that wild?

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One Simple Trick For More Joy | Yoga Digest

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The place where I live is so beautiful, it’s mind bending.  Sometimes when I’m outside its hard to believe that this landscape is real. The other day I was skiing with Gigi, whose very name, and presence, make me happy and giggly. Bubbly and giddy she is. We were skiing in an inversion, which is when all the clouds hang down into the valleys, filling them with murk, and above it, the snowy peaks are in pure blue-sky sunshine, and as far as the eye can see, the peaks of all the mountain ranges around us are floating in this sea of cloud. It is one of the most spectacular scenes to be in. You feel like you’re flying while you’re skiing, like you’re a bird, or an angel, and when you ski between the layers, when the sun dissipates into cloud as you descend, or when you rise up, on the chairlift, the in-between layer is all smoky blue with shafts of yellow or white waving through, or sometimes small sparkles fill the clouds, all lit up, a million billion sun-lit dots of fluttering snow, through the dense blue darkness into the light of heaven. It really does feel like that, like heaven. Continue reading One Simple Trick For More Joy | Yoga Digest

Intuitive Self-Healing – Marie Manuchehri

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·         The chakra system-how to access and activate seven energy centers that hold the key to our wholeness and intuitive gifts
·         A chakra-by-chakra examination of specific health and emotional issues, with easy self-assessment quizzes
·         Energetic preventative care-detecting and addressing potential health problems before they physically manifest
·         Hands-on tools for accessing intuition, including one-minute exercises to ground and balance your energy-anywhere
·         Your intuitive style-how to discover your unique strengths for reading and working with subtle energy


Join Marie Manuchehri in Vancouver, October 23rd thru 25th for Anatomy of Medicine.

6 Reasons Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Have you ever been in a tense or difficult situation when you suddenly burst into a fit of giggles? Or feel a release or rejuvenated after watching a side-splittingly funny movie?

It turns out there’s some scientific veracity behind the old adage “laughter is the best medicine.”

Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles,says Dr. Gulshan Sethi, head of cardiothoracic surgery at the Tucson Medical Center and faculty at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Perhaps that’s why Deepak Chopra says the healthiest response to life is laughter.

Studies have found that laughter can have healing properties; and it’s contagious. Here are six reasons why you should start laughing today. Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Increase Joy & Integrate the Shadow with AstroDharma

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Bringing astrology together with decades of experience in mapping consciousness through Buddhist meditation has been a fruitful way for us to understand our talents, pitfalls and personal preferences. This has allowed us to adapt and learn and make more conscious choices on our way towards greater spiritual unfoldment. Buddhadharma calls this “liberation.” We call it freedom.

What will I get from learning about AstroDharma?

Since the context is Buddhadharma, the teachings of awakening or transcendence of suffering, everything we learn through astrological tools is wielded towards this dharmic end. We use astrology to better understand our self, our conditioning, our strengths and weaknesses, and potential. We leverage all of that through a dharmic lens, to get over our egocentricity and to be of better service to others and the planet. This inevitably alleviates suffering, our own as well as others, one of the fundamental “goals” of Buddhadharma.

As Westerners we tend to like to talk about ourselves and self-improvement, and it can be a lot of fun and very rewarding to sit around with people versed in astrology and read and interpret our natal chart. At our retreat center, Clear Sky, we might be talking about what’s happening with our lives over meals together and we’ll pull our natal charts out and have a look at what light it can shed. We may be looking at a situation that’s puzzling us, or exploring how to best move forward when we feel like we’re at a crossroads.

Astrology the birth of venus

The Fundamental Elements of AstroDharma

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