In the midst of a riveting conversation about fairies from Ireland with Mary Murphy (singer songwriter) we heard a knock at the door, or was it a cry?
Mary was explaining that if you ever go to fairyland you are not allowed to leave. There it was again a sound of something at the front door.
Could Mary and I be hearing the spirit of Stu knocking at the front door or were the fairies playing tricks with us?
Mary had heard the story of Stu (our departed furry friend) and his ability to knock at the front door, so we both braved opening the door ever so gently as to not scare away the ghost of Stu. Much to our delight, there was no ghost, just a little grey kitten vertically hanging on the screen door, meowing. The little gaffer came down and made his way in the house and proceeded to make himself at home.
Now let me take you back one day where in the midst of my daily regime of yoga, prayer, journal writing and meditation I had reread a journal entry from February 2014. The entry had brought tears to my eyes as I read a gratitude entry of Stu who had spent the morning doing yoga with me. Here is a snippet of the entry:
“I had a wonderful leisurely morning with my cat Stu. Did you know cats lay in areas of your home to take away negative energy, and then go outside to cleanse themselves. Well must be loaded with negative and unbalanced energy today! As I practice my yoga routine Stu laid on my heart first, then moved down to my root chakra, then to my hand chakras, then proceeded to pat my head. Imagine a complete chakra balancing treatment. He’s now outside basking in the sun. I am grateful of “Old great cat warrior for the loving treatment!”
I miss my friend Stu and in the moment asked the “universe” that if I was meant to have another cat, that I would want a male, and very affectionate, and loving cat. I asked for it to be delivered to me in a way that I would know it was meant to be.
Do you think a kitten that knocked at the door, found hanging on your screen door a good indication of a special delivery?
In spite of “asking” for a special delivery of a cat I still questioned its validity. Why do we do this? Why do some of us have a hard time “receiving”? Is it because somewhere in our lifetime of experiences that we were made to feel undeserving?
Appropriately today I received an email message from the Universe. It stated: I can assure you, Carole, that the time will come when you, too, will ask, "In what fields did I sow seeds to deserve so very, very much."
Then I'll remind you that the whole sowing-seeds-cause-and-effect concept was just a myth, because you were born deserving”
“You were born deserving!” Wow! How many of us can honestly say that we feel deserving? When we can accept that this statement is true, we then can easily “receive”.
Know that you are “deserving”, that you are worthy of receiving. I gratefully receive my new furry friend Oso. A very loving, affectionate kitten that has opened our hearts and filled it with love.
The holiday season is around the corner and it depicts the season of giving. So how are you giving this year?
Giving; some take this gesture very seriously and others not so much. We are all guilty of buying a gift or doing a favor for someone for the sake of getting the task done and checked off our list. The gift/task was completely meaningless and void of sentiment or consideration of the recipient. Several years ago, I read a book entitled "The Soul of Money", and it revealed to me that money was and is only an energy exchange, but more importantly the exchange needs to be done with mindfulness.
So what does that mean exactly? Say your coworkers pooled together to buy your supervisor a birthday gift and you have been appointed the task of going shopping. You hold in your hands a total of a hundred dollars. When you confront this task with the sole motivation of getting the task off your to do list, you will probably go out and purchase a vase at Homesense with some artificial flowers in it. It's a nice vase, the flowers are nice, and really who cares! Your shopping task is done and you can get on with your day.
Now approach this task with mindfulness. You overheard your supervisor mention that they have been feeling very stressed with some of their challenges in their personal life, and in a separate conversation she/he mentions that they are in need of some self care. You know that giving them a gift that would satisfy the self care would be the perfect gift. You also know that your supervisor loves old historical houses and antiques. So you put some effort into finding some sort of "experience" that handles self care and in a setting that gives them what they like. You feel yourself get all excited to find them the PERFECT gift. You become invested in the search, and most of all you look forward to GIVING this gift. You pull up GOOGLE on your laptop and type in "spa, Steinbach" and your search brings you to a gem in the middle of eastern Manitoba meeting all your requirements; spa, retreat, historical house, and antiques.
As you are making arrangements to buy the gift certificate you realize that your mindfulness reaches a deeper level. The spa is owned and operated by a couple who are passionate about what they do and are dedicated to bringing the tools to help individuals on their healing journeys. Your purchase will help support them and in turn they can continue to help others. Your supervisor will get the benefits of a much needed retreat for complete relaxation and restoration and she/he will be able to manage their daily life with more ease. It's a GIFT that keeps GIVING!
Giving is what we, humans naturally are wired to do. Giving energy fills us up with love and we feel wonderful when we do this!
How are you giving this holiday season?
For the past 4 years Simone, Carole and Walter have been bringing you a unique experience of doing yoga in a very unique, peaceful setting. The Calder House allows yoga and nature to come together. You will here bird songs, leaves rustling in the wind, chimes, and water trickling in the background. A beautiful experience awaits to open and liven up all of your senses.
Discover as you breathe and practice, with stretches, postures and meditation; becoming present and turning within...and then bring this awareness to the appreciation of chocolate or fruit or wine. Savour the textures, colours, tastes, and bouquets, while gaining a new appreciation for the moment and for life!
Join Simone Morin, from Earth and Spirit (yoga instructor), Walter Andrejowich (appreciation facilitator), and Carole Tetreault, (host/owner of the Calder House Bed and Breakfast), for an evening of yoga and appreciation.
Weather permitting this series will be done outside!
This workshop series can be purchased together or individually. Registration is easy! Click here and enter your info and choose the Yoga Workshop under the "Spa Services" or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday, August 21st – we will savour some wine, fruit & chocolate – 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Are you ready for your spiritual retreat? That's a great question, but we should define what a spiritual retreat is first.
According to Wikipedia it defines it as follows:"The meaning of a spiritual retreat can be different for different religious communities. Spiritual Retreats are an integral part of many Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Sufi (Islamic) communities. In Hinduism and Buddhism, Meditative Retreats are seen by some as integral for reconnection to one's self...
A retreat can either be a time of solitude or a community experience. Some retreats are held in silence, and on others there may be a great deal of conversation, depending on the understanding and accepted practices of the host facility and/or the participant(s). Retreats are often conducted at rural or remote locations, either privately, or at a retreat center such as a monastery. Spiritual retreats allow time for reflection, prayer, or meditation..."
Reconnection to one's self. Do you know your "Self"? We spend most of our waking hours giving to our jobs, family, church, and community leaving nothing for ourselves. In fact we make ourselves so busy, that most of the time we no longer know who we truly are. We've pretty much lost our identity. We are taught at an early age that busying yourselves is good, being idle is not good. Women in particular feel guilty if they slow down and take time for themselves. Somewhere a belief system was planted either from society or our parents, that taking time for "Self" is a selfish act.
How can you continue at your crazy pace day in and day out if you don't "retreat"? For the betterment of our wellness we must learn to retreat a minimum of once a year. These retreats help you find your "Self" and fill your cup. Eventually, if you don't take time out, good quality time out your cup gets empty. When the cup is empty this is where mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual dis-ease sets in. Guess what? You no longer are able to give to your job, family, church and community.
The Prairie Wellness Retreat website's goal is to uncover all the wonderful places in Manitoba and surrounding areas where retreats are held. There are so many kinds of retreats from a one person retreat to small or large groups. Some retreats are focused, for example yoga, meditation, nutrition, art, and spa. Some retreats are dedicated to teaching you tools to help you with your day to day stresses, leaving you with practices that you can take home and use. Whatever your fancy, there is one out there for you.
It's important to have a full cup. Take time out and plan your next retreat. The world becomes better when your better.
Discover your next retreat by checking the Prairie Retreats page on this website.
Welcome everyone to our new blog. We are hoping to use the blog as a tool to keep everyone up-to-date as to what is new on our site. Letting you know who is our latest member of the family and what exciting new wellness retreats that are available.
As our world is moving at a fast pace, and we humans find ourselves overworked and stressed, Marilyn and I really wanted to create a central space for you to find retreats in the Manitoba country side.
Manitoba and surrounding areas have so many gems waiting for you to experience.
We welcome you all to join us and explore the possibilities to wellness just outside your reach.
Dedicated to bringing health to your backdoor, Carole has been practicing alternative healing modalities for the last 12 years. Enjoy the gems that Carole and partner Marilyn Pierce share with you on this website.