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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

Healthy Deliciousness in Every Bite

It’s fall and that means it’s sweet potato season! Sweet potatoes are hands down one of my favorite veggies. Did you know that sweet potatoes are superfoods packed full of health benefits? Make these muffins for your friends and family over the holidays, or make them on a Sunday evening to enjoy for breakfast all week! If you have leftover mashed sweet potatoes, you can do what I did which is replace the sweet potatoes and milk with leftover mashed sweet potatoes.

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Surrender to Your Discomfort

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My Mantra

Six years ago I filed for divorce. Walking into that attorney’s office was very uncomfortable. I wanted– I tried – to make it work with my ex but he didn’t want to take responsibility, let alone apologize, for destroying our family when he had an affair. I could give you details, but that gives the story power, and while the experience is a part of my story, I’m no longer willing to let that experience be what defines me.

As women we have common themes in our lives. The theme of avoiding discomfort is universal. Share your story and find healing when you attend on of our retreats.
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Chicken & Vegetable Curry

If you’re intimidated by making more exotic dishes, fear not! This Curry recipe is simple and delicious, and only requires a few obscure ingredients. Our guest love this curry. It’s on our fall/winter menu. Enjoy it at a Upcoming Retreats.

Oh, and if you like cooking (or even if you think you don’t like cooking), I highly recommend the article  Why I Cook, written by Dr. Andrew Weil.


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Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil No-Bake Cookie Bars

Healthy, No-Bake Coconut Oil Chocolate Cookie barsI don’t know about you, but I love having a sweet treat to come home to; something that’s sweet enough to satisfy my craving, without making me feel guilty. These easy, no-bake cookie bars are safe enough to have around the house (because if you’re anything like me, there are days when half of the pan will disappear), and they’re made with coconut oil–which is receiving so much praise for it’s health benefits!

Coconut oil, if you’re not familiar with it, is basically like a miracle in a bottle. Check out the health benefits of coconut oil here. 

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10 Reasons to Start a Yoga Practice Today

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Who knew I’d be able to balance on a rock and do “dancer” pose? Not me.

Yoga is intimidating. Even after the first couple of classes it can be intimidating. You may not think yoga is for you, I certainly didn’t think it was for me. But that’s where I was wrong.

I’m thrilled we offer a safe place for beginners at our yoga retreats. If you’re like me, uncomfortable in a room of strangers who you think are judging you (they’re not!), a Yoga Nurture Retreat is perfect for you.

Five years ago if you would have invited me to a yoga class, I would have laughed and replied, “You’re kidding, right? I can’t even touch my toes.” I thought I knew what it took to do yoga, and I was certain I had none of it. I was wrong.

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Meet an Amazing Woman: Our First Scholarship Recipient – Lisa Ciminelli

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“Love is Where You Find It” ~ Photo from Lisa’s Guest Room at the Retreat

“Pampering yourself is addictive!” Lisa’s comment to me following her recent retreat. One of the founding ideas behind Retreat in the Pines is my hope that every woman will take time to pamper and care for herself. It was a lesson I learned the hard way (of course!), but as I type this I’m preparing for my own pampering: a vacation consisting of all the things I love – riding my bike to yoga, walks on the beach, delicious food and good company. I can’t wait; taking care of myself allows me to take care of each one of you when you attend one of our retreats.

My dream is to make yoga retreats available to as many women as possible, with our recently introduced Retreat Assistance Program we are able to do just that – offer a life changing retreat to women who need pampering, but lack the financial means to do so.

Meeting Lisa, our first scholarship recipient, was a joy! She is intelligent, compassionate and kind-hearted.

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Refreshing Watermelon-Feta Salad with Fresh Basil and Mint

watermelon-feta salad

Healthy, Cool and Delicious

Looking for a little bit of refreshment in the mid-day heat of summer? This watermelon-feta salad with fresh basil and mint has you covered. Plus, with the sweet benefits of basil and health benefits of mint, it’s a healthy snack to add to your day!

Watermelon-Feta Salad with Fresh Basil and Mint

  • ½ large watermelon
  • 1 cup feta
  • fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • 1 large jicama
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp honey
  1. Use melon baller to scoop out watermelon.
  2. Peel jicama and dice into ½ inch cubes.
  3. Whisk together lime juice and honey.
  4. Toss everything to combine; chill until serving.

Five Reasons Why YOU Need a Vacation

Vacation at the Beach

Vacation at the Beach

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all busy…busy bragging about how busy we are (and it’s one of the 25 Things We Need to Stop Doing). You might think you are too busy to take time away for yourself. But the truth is, you are too busy to NOT take time away. A retreat is a perfect weekend get away – book here.

You NEED a vacation, a retreat, a getaway.  It can be a day, a weekend, a week or even longer. It’s a necessity not a luxury. You need time to reset, regroup, relax, recharge.

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Easy to Make Natural Mosquito Repellent – Chemical Free


Lavender is My Favorite Essential Oil

Do you ever wonder exactly what kind of poisons you’re putting on your skin – just to enjoy the outdoors without being eaten alive? Do you really want to smell like a chemical factory?  Due to a very rainy spring season, most of us are having to fend off even more mosquitoes than usual this summer.

Here’s an easy recipe to keep the mosquitoes at bay:

You’ll need:

  • 4 oz spray bottle
  • 30 drops of citronella essential oil*
  • 15 drops of tea tree essential oil*
  • 25 drops of peppermint essential oil*
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil*

* Use therapeutic grade oil only.

  1. Fill 1/2 way with distilled or boiled water.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Add witch hazel to fill.

Test a small amount on skin first to make sure there’s no irritability.

Find Inner Peace – Guided Meditation

Begin the meditation. Sit in a comfortable spot, close your eyes and find your inner peace.

Guided Meditation – Rain from Theresa Polley on Vimeo.

This guided meditation is from our Sunday morning meditation practice at a recent yoga retreat. It was another rainy morning in the Pines. Usually we meditate on our Yoga Platform, but the rain kept us inside.

Meditation isn’t so much about clearing your mind, but simply training the “monkey mind” to stay in the moment. You can meditate while walking, eating, drinking your morning cup of coffee or simply sitting in a comfortable seated position. Meditation can relieve stress and depression, help you relax and find more joy with family and friends and allow you to get a better night’s sleep.

For more information on how how to meditate on your own, see our recent blog.

Spend a weekend learning how to be mindful in your life and begin your own meditation practice at our Mindfulness & Meditation Retreat. 

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