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Lemon Basil Hummus

Lemon Basil Hummus

Made from Scratch Lemon Basil Hummus

When guests arrive on Friday, they are greeted with a bowl of our seasonal hummus with an assortment of fresh veggies and crackers, olives, an assortment of cheeses and fresh fruit. What a way to start a weekend! We prepare ours from scratch because most of the brands you buy in store are loaded with extra fat and sometimes even sugar!

I love this recipe because it’s so easy. In the past I had attempted to make hummus without the tahini paste (a paste made from sesame seeds), its crucial to the taste, don’t leave it out.  You can find it at most grocery stores. In case you make too much, you can also pop it in the freezer in a freezer bag or container. I can’t wait for you to make this at home and let me know how much you love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Lemons (juiced)
  • 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans (drained and reserve 3/4 cup of the liquid)
  • 2 TBSP Tahini Paste
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 1 TBSP Italian Season
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ¼ cup Basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil + an additional drizzle for serving

Prepare

  • Add one can of garbanzo beans and ¾ cup of liquid to the food processor.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Add the second can of beans and the olive oil.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice, tahini paste and the seasonings.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and basil leaves if desired.

Spring Menu

Retreat Menu

Snack: Homemade Hummus with Assorted Crackers, Veggies, Olives and Cheese

Friday Dinner

Roasted Lemon Basil Chicken
Mushroom Risotto
White Wine Sauteed Asparagus with Mushrooms & Onions
Homemade Rustic Rosemary Bread or Bruschetta
Spring Mix, Fresh Tomatoes, Red Onions, Parmesan and Slivered Almonds

Saturday Breakfast

Fresh Berries and Homemade Granola

Fresh Berries and Homemade Granola

Breakfast Bowl: Steel Cut Oatmeal, Homemade Granola, Greek Yogurt and Fresh Berries
Rosemary Blueberry Scones
Organic Hard Boiled Eggs
Coconut Milk/Organic Whole Milk
Coffee/Tea/OJ

Saturday Lunch

Tomato Basil Soup
Egg Salad
Homemade Rustic Rosemary Bread or Bruschetta
Fresh Veggies, Crackers and Hummus
Exotic Veggie Chips
Spring Mix, Fresh Tomatoes, Red Onions, Parmesan and Slivered Almonds

Saturday Dinner

Spring Roll Bowls: Asian Sesame Chicken, Brown Rice, Sauteed Veggies and Peanut Sauce
Spring Mix, Fresh Tomatoes, Red Onions, Parmesan, Slivered Almonds, Chow Mein Noodles

Sunday Brunch

Avocado Toast
Breakfast Potatoes
Cilantro Scrambled Eggs
Greek Yogurt, Homemade Granola and Fresh Berries
Coconut Milk/Organic Whole Milk
Coffee/Tea/OJ

All of our meals are freshly prepared using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Meals are served buffet style.

Choose Compassion

Compassion

Live with Compassion

I believe the practice of compassion is life changing. It may seem like the path of least resistance to get irritated at people for their poor driving skills or their rudeness and unpleasantness. When you become angry in those situations, your anger is more damaging to you than to the object of your irritation.

Our compassion practice must begin with ourselves. When you join us for a retreat, your weekend of self care leads to self-compassion.

Flipping someone the bird or muttering cuss words under our breath, certainly doesn’t affect the offending party, but it does affect us. I believe when we allow ourselves to get caught up in bitterness and irritation, we begin to spread the toxic energy, even without meaning to.

So instead of irritation, allow yourself a moment of compassion. The offending person may be experiencing a challenging situation. A loss of a job, a pet, a loved one or something even more challenging. Find compassion for this fellow traveler, offer a smile, a kind word, let them go in front of you in traffic or in line. They may not wave or nod in appreciation but let that go too.

  • Compassion begins with forgiveness. Forgive yourself, forgive loved ones, strangers. We are all in this together – we are all connected – let’s not let our small mindedness and selfishness stand in the way of a beautiful shared experience.
  • A lovingkindness meditation cultivates compassion. When I first began my lovingkindness meditation, I struggled with finding love, compassion or kindness for those in my life who I felt had wronged me. After a consistent practice, I let that go and now my it’s easier to find compassion towards myself and others. We practice Lovingkindness Meditations at our Mindfulness and Meditation Retreats.
  • Find compassion for yourself. Find gratitude for your journey and the steps along the way. Forgive yourself for the steps in the wrong direction and congratulate yourself for the steps in the right direction. Compassion for self is the first step in self-love and self-acceptance.
  • Begin a gratitude practice. Focusing on gratitude for what you have, what you’ve survived and what you’ve let go, encourages a whole new perspective. Your new perspective will allow you to see you’re not alone in struggles and challenges. Let that turn into compassion for others and what they may be struggling with.
  • Remember everyone is doing the best they can. Before judging someone for a perceived slight, take a moment to see them as a kindred spirit on a similar path to yours. Complete with ups and downs, and sometimes unimaginable struggles.

When we recognize we’re all in this together and connected to each other – despite our differences – compassion is the only choice.

Overcome Fear and Live Confidently

Women's Yoga Retreat

Release Fear and Build Confidence with Yoga

One of my favorite parts of a retreat is watching our guests transform. Most arrive on Friday looking tired and stressed. By Sunday morning, not only do guests look 10 years younger, they have a big smile on their face and their energy is lighter. I call it the Yoga Retreat makeover! Get your Yoga Retreat Makeover when you join us for a retreat

I’ve noticed change is most evident for guests who show up as their authentic selves and actively engage with other guests including guests they’ve met for the first time. I’ve struggled with being my authentic self because of fear. Maybe you can relate. I’ve found my confidence in myself is strongest when I deliberately venture out of my comfort zone. When I get uncomfortable, survive and even flourish, I feel more confident. 

Steps to Overcome Your Fears

Accept Yourself

For who you are. Not who someone in your life tells you, you SHOULD be. You are beautifully and uniquely you. If you struggle with connecting with the real you. Try the following exercises.

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Celebrating Women: Claiming Our Power

Taking back our power

Strong and Empowered Women – We Can Do Anything

February seems to be all about love, I like the reminder to focus on self love. But what if we take that a step further: empowerment. Empower – to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. Yes! 

If you need a weekend of empowerment, join us for a retreat. You’ll meet amazing women who will inspire and encourage you.

Let’s lift each other up. In words and actions, in public and in private, online and in person. We must refuse to allow ourselves to be treated as anything less than the incredible and talented women that we are. I believe by lifting each other up, we lift ourselves up as well.

This is one of the “whys” behind Retreat in the Pines – to give women a safe space while creating a community of women who inspire and encourage each other. I’ve heard from guests that’s how Retreat in the Pines is different – there is none of the BS that’s so often present in real life situations; guests LOVE that aspect of our retreats. There’s no reason why we can’t bring that same dynamic into our lives.

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For the New Year, Set Intentions, Not Resolutions

Intention

What will Your Intention Be?

Maybe you’ve been here before: you set a resolution for the new year, stick with it for a few days or weeks, and by the time spring rolls around you have already “failed” at keeping your resolution.

Why does this happen? When setting resolutions, it’s natural to fixate on something we consider problematic or negative about ourselves. We want to eat less of something (sugar, carbs, meat, etc.), do more of something (exercise, sleep, socialize), be more or less of something (more outgoing, less chatty, the list can go on); and all of these resolutions seem to indicate that who we are isn’t enough. And when those resolutions fall by the wayside, which research has proven that they do, we’re left feeling a little bit like we failed…and that we’re still, somehow, not good enough

Intention setting, on the other hand, is different. In the practice of yoga, we set an intention at the start of class. Sometimes this is guided by the instructor, but we are always free to choose one thing to focus on to help keep us present in the moment. In a class, that can be anything from letting go of self judgement to cultivating gratitude to sending energy to a specific person in our life who needs a little extra.

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Winter Solstice – A Time for Reflection

Winter Solstice

Self Reflection and Journaling

Winter solstice signifies a time to find stillness in ourselves where we can reflect on the year behind us. For me, Winter Solstice represents the beginning of a season of going within – a time of journaling and self reflection. I look over my journals from the past year or years to see how far I’ve come. This is when I  discover the challenges I’v overcome AND the moments of joy. My favorite part? Staying in, usually in my PJs or sweats (no bra!) – warm and cozy, while the weather outside is cold and dreary.

If you need to get away to spend time in self reflection, join us for one of our January retreats. I love the silence and beauty of nature on the retreat grounds at this time of year. Things are quiet around here, as our staff stays home for the holidays, and for me personally, it’s a time to reflect on all the lives that have been touched over the last 12 months at Retreat in the Pines. I’m grateful to be able to offer women a place to find stillness and sanctuary where they can get away for a weekend of rejuvenation and self-care.

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Stillness. In thoughts. In life. In movement.

Yoga Retreat

Take a Moment to Pause

I recently discovered the power of stillness. When I take a moment to pause, I create a shift in my perspective and everything else in my life shifts. I find my to do list is less daunting. And by stepping away from the thought “everything must get done right now,” I find peace.

If you need to pause, join us for a retreat – the physical, mental and emotional benefits of taking a time out are phenomenal.

Maybe you’re familiar with the evening routine of cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, answering emails plus a few other chores.  Then falling into bed exhausted – maybe even falling asleep while reading or watching TV. That was the OLD me. Let me introduce you to the NEW me. I pick one thing to get done – not everything. And I absolutely do not answer emails past 7 pm. With all of that extra time, I take a bath, read, listen to a podcast or watch Netflix. Freedom!

When I stopped the constant “busyness” I had subjected myself to for years, I found, not only more peace, but more energy.

By giving myself permission to pause, I stopped the cycle of depletion and never enough time or energy. I found stillness allowed me to refill my cup.

 

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Roasted Veggies

Roasted Fall Veggies

Getting Ready to Put the Veggies in the Oven

I love the season of Fall: the cooler weather, the changing colors of the trees and especially Fall Dishes – soups, stews and and any recipe that uses the produce of the season.

These roasted veggies are heavenly. And so simple to make. When I make these at home, I add sweet potatoes or red potatoes.

At the retreat, this is part of our Friday dinner – served with Lemon Rosemary Roast Chicken, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and of course our Homemade Rustic Rosemary Bread.

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Find a New Perspective with a Gratitude Practice

Gratitude Yoga Retreat

Discover the Power of Gratitude

Now that it’s November, you’ve probably seen different variations of a “gratitude challenge” or “30 days of gratitude” floating around on social media. Taking a moment each day to state – privately or publicly – what you’re grateful for has proven scientific benefits to the mind, body and spirit.

At Retreat in the Pines gratitude is part of everything we do – from each yoga practice to our outdoor Gratitude Meditation to our Gratitude Brunch (where guests take turns sharing what they’re grateful for) and of course our community of strong women. Discover gratitude as part of our  retreat community.

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