Excited to announce we have another Shamanic retreat planned for this September with our beloved Rebekah Shaman. This will be the 5th Shamanic retreat we have run and they just keep getting more and more powerful. We hope to see you there, for more information go here .
For the first two weeks of May at Get Lost we're focusing on 'self love' and the good kind of selfish, where you you give something back to yourself and all that's expected in return is a slightly more whole version of YOU! We'll be starting this little love revolution by bringing the idea of 'Every Day Retreat' into our lives and giving some time back to ourselves each day.
When we give time back to ourselves we send a very powerful message to our subconscious mind that we are worth it, that we deserve it and that we honour and love ourselves.
This daily gesture could take the form of simply making a yummy nourishing juice or meal, walking in nature, a swim, a bike ride, practicing yoga, meditation or ritual, dancing, hooping, lying around in the sun or doing just about anything that rocks your world and makes you happy.
We're inviting you to join in the fun, we'll be posting up pics on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter each day so please join us and share what you're doing to bring a bit of 'Retreat' into your everyday life with pics and comments.
We are the ones we've been waiting for people, let's start with the self love and watch that love ripple out into the world around us.
Happy retreats y'all Xx
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One of my biggest inspirations in life has been the life and work of nature preservationist John Muir. If it wasn't for Muir's tireless work and efforts the National Park system of the United States might not exist today. I've had so many life changing experiences in some of those amazing parks that I feel forever grateful to this inspirational being for his commitment to creating change for the good of all.
John Muir understood the healing power of nature and the countryside and that by escaping the city and communing with nature our thoughts can become still, we can tune back into ourselves and reconnect with our own inner guidance. John understood the power of slowing down, he was an adventurer who took his time to take in all around him and let it nourish his soul.
It's so important to take time out for yourself. To be in nature and escape the city, if you can't escape the city then find a park, take your shoes off and lie down and soak up some of that earth essence and wisdom. Nature knows how to just be, it doesn't question, it just is.... we can learn so much from this beautiful planet if we take the time
Happy Earth Day XX
I've finally landed after my 10 day Vipassana meditation course and feeling so lucky to have gained this new life tool. What an amazing gift Vipassana is, thank you S.N Goenka for helping keep the tradition alive and spreading it to the west so that we can all benefit from this powerful technique for transformation, peace and true happiness.
May all beings be happy : )))
You can find out about Vipassana meditation courses in your area here
I loved winter. I never thought I would hear myself utter those words but this year it’s true, I actually loved winter. I didn’t enjoy the cold, but I really do love the space that winter creates, enabling us to slow right down, to hibernate, reflect and be creative.
In the summer months I run around a lot. I’m outside all the time, which is ace but I don’t make much space for the ‘me time’ that my body craves. In the winter, solitude is kind of forced upon me and I’m really happy about that. It’s gives me a much needed rest, mentally and physically and I’ve found that when I’m slow, the inspiration flows.
About a month ago I went to a Dru Yoga Relaxation Workshop taught by Lucyoga and it was there that the beauty of slowing down really struck me. It was so nice to be in that room full of people taking time out from their schedules and giving something back to themselves.
We spend so much time giving to others or focusing on earning a living that we miss out on taking care of ourselves, what good are we going to be to anyone if we’re not feeling healthy and happy?
When our minds slow down our nervous system and heart rate slows too, this creates an environment where calm and peace can thrive. Imagine how peaceful, happy and healthy we’d feel if ‘slow’ was our natural state.
This is why I’m drawn to yoga, in particular Dru Yoga. It’s a yoga that helps you to be slow and calm. It’s not about pushing your body or competing with your yoga opponents, it’s about letting go of stress on a physical and energetic level, and bringing yourself back into the moment. When we do this we can start to feel the peace creeping back.
Clearing out the mental clutter also creates space for the new ideas to come in. Towards the end of the Relaxation Workshop we had sound healing poured upon us by the lovely ‘White Bird Sounds’. With the relaxation increased by a couple of notches, and in a slowed down state of bliss, the inspiration began to flow. Ideas for new projects started filling my brain and I left the workshop not only relaxed but completely full of inspiration for the future.
Now I see the snowdrops and crocuses are out and I’m really excited about the oncoming spring, I find myself making resolutions to remember to remain slow, to carry the stillness of winter with me and to bring myself back into the moment so I can make the most of the coming season’s offerings.
So this summer when we are striding across the mountains of Andaluçia, or swimming off the beaches of the Costa Blanca, I’ll be grateful for Lucyoga being there with me, to keep a little bit of slow in my days. Relaxing mind and body so that I stay present and peaceful throughout the summer.
If you’d like to join me and Lucyoga in Andaluçia for a relaxing and rejuvenating mountainside retreat or on the Costa Blanca for our beachside yoga holiday, then get in touch to book your slot.
Lucyoga will also be running a special Relaxation Workshop with Dotty Lawrence offering Dru Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage on Saturday 18 April in London. A perfect urban retreat! Find out more here http://www.lucyoga.co.uk/yoga-workshops/relaxation-workshops/
We're so excited to announce this optional extra on our Summer Dru Yoga Retreat in Andalucia Spain.
Don’t miss this opportunity to spend the day with experienced local guides who will show you the best swimming and picnic spots in this spectacular area of outstanding natural beauty.
Junta de los Rios Andalucia
Junta de los Rios translates as ‘the joining of the rivers.’
The rivers Rio Verde and Rio Negro meet to form beautiful waterfalls and crystal, clear pools at this largely undiscovered Andalucian nature spot.
Our Day Out
After our morning yoga session we will head off to the park. On arrival there our experienced local guides will walk us to the first set of gorgeous river pools where we will have the chance to relax and cool off with a refreshing swim.
We will then walk to the higher waterfall which is a 45 minute round trip. Here you can stand behind the waterfall, swim and take dramatic jumps off the higher rocks into the water if you‘re feeling brave.
Whilst we’re off adventuring some members of the guide team will stay at the lower pool area and unpack and prepare a delicious picnic lunch.
This is a full day trip and there will be time for exploring, swimming, taking photos and lounging around in the sun.
* This trip is an optional extra on our six night Dru Yoga Summer Retreat, Andalucia Spain.
To book one of the last few places on our Andalucian Summer Dru Yoga Retreat or to find out more about the retreat, or this day trip please get in touch.
“The potential inherent in a New Moon is not fully made manifest if we do nothing with it" - Divine Harmony via Mystic Mamma
There is the power to birth something at this particularly potent New Moon. It could be a new life, a new direction or just a new way of looking at the world. The energies are there to enable this new beginning whatever form it may take. If like me you have been putting off starting something then delay no more and make the most of the potential available to you.
Plant the seed. Begin and trust in yourself
A happy New Moon to you all : )
Detailed lunar insight here
It's your last chance to score a £25 discount on our Andalucian Summer Retreat with Lucyoga in June. The Early Bird discount runs out this Saturday 31st Jan and spaces are selling out quickly so don't miss out on this chance to join us at our beautiful mountain hide away where we'll be learning the very best tips from Lucy to bring about peace, harmony and balance in our daily lives under the glorious Spanish sun.
Coming to the end of the year I'm reminded of how many amazing adventures I've been lucky enough to experience over the past 12 months.
From retreating in the Andalucian mountains and the beautiful Cotswolds to a bell tent summer in Cornwall. From magical sunsets and mystical awakenings in Ibiza to girlie fun in Paris. My latest adventure was to Peru where I travelled from the Amazon jungle to the majestic sacred sites of the Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu - the absolute cherry on my adventure cake!
Not all of life's adventures are fun of course, some are great mountains to overcome and some are bridges to cross but even the most painful adventures provide all the lesson's we need to take us forward.
I'm lucky enough to say it's been one of the most magical years I can remember and I feel blessed for every part of it. Here's to many more adventures in 2015 : )
Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day. From this point onwards the light creeps back into our lives as we move towards the Spring Equinox. For the ancients this was a celebration of the turning point in the Earth’s journey around the sun, and the birth of a new year. These pagan festivals are important markers in the year where if we tune into the cycles of nature we can use them to empower and enrich our lives.
Winter Solstice is a time of reflection and contemplation and it's within this darkness and silence that we can experience a heightened awareness of anything that's brimming up from within. Try to spend some time in meditation and journey to the silence where many answers, solutions and inspiration can be found.
Once night falls light a candle, write anything you would like/need to let go of and burn it away. This is a powerful spell that helps us to get rid of anything that is not working for us in our lives. As we purge the past, we make way for the new.
Here's wishing you all a very happy Solstice for 21st December 2014 X
In March we'll be heading back to Holycombe Retreat centre for our Shamanic Retreat with Rebekah Shaman to see in the 2015 Spring Equinox.
We're so excited to be heading back to Holycombe in it's beautiful Cotswold setting and the retreat will focus on the coming spring and summer and what we are wanting to harvest. Using the power of the Equinox AND New Moon, we will be focusing on manifesting our dreams and visions with shamanic journeying and visualisation exercises to get our creativity flowing.
We have just confirmed morning Kundalini Yoga sessions and Healing Gong Baths to the programme too, as if this weekend could get any more transformational!
Read more about what we'll be getting up to here
We hope you can join us for this magical weekend : ))
So it's that time of year again when I find myself ducking out of social activities and dusting off my little bear-suit for the hibernation season. Winter is back and don’t we know it. Winter can be a time of warm drinks, hot soups and cozy pajamas, open fires and Fair Isle knitwear. OR it can be a time of dark depression, seeing absolutely NO ONE and getting lost in every season of every show that HBO have ever programmed.
This year I've vowed to take an active part in winter and to embrace everything that this season has to offer.
Here are my top tips on how to get through the bleakest of seasons and to not succumb to the winter blues...
1. Hatch Plans
As we withdraw from the outside world it's the perfect time to go within and formulate ideas and hatch plans for the next chapter. Use this hibernation time to think about what you would like achieve in the coming year and plant the seeds for projects that you would like to kick start in the Spring. Using this insular space in this way not only keeps the cogs turning but also gives you something to work towards and get excited about.
Winter can be an incredibly creative time, all of the energy we're not using up in the outside world can be channeled into our creative projects. Haven't quite got round to finishing that screenplay you started? How about that album you've been planning on recording? Now is the perfect time to complete all of those projects that you just never got round to finishing. Put 'work' aside and do something for YOU. Create something for the love of it and discover how uplifting a process this can be.
3. Stay Active
It's important to keep up with cardiovascular activity in the winter months to stay healthy and warm. Wrap up and go for a brisk walk. Head to the nearest swimming pool for a swim and finish off with a steam room/sauna which is a great way to release some of those winter toxins. If you are feeling daring, head to a lido, an outdoor winter swim can be very invigorating and give you a real boost. Take up a yoga class and give your organs an inner massage, show your body that you care.
4. Eat seasonal warm nourishing foods
Fill your plate with nourishing seasonal root veg and greens. Sweet potatoes, squash, beetroot, turnips, kale and cabbages are all bountiful this season so make the most of these delicious veggies and rack up some yummy meals. Use warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, these spices actually support both intestinal and respiratory health so are perfect for boosting immunity in these cold times.
5. Opt for extra layers over central heating
Central heating is obviously incredibly important in winter but overuse can lead to dry skin, chapped lips, headaches, dry coughs and dehydration. Opting for an extra jumper or a pair of slippers can make all the difference and you might find not having to crank up the heating so much saves you a little on your heating bill.
6. Focus on the positives
Winter can be a bleak time but try to focus on all of the good things that come with this time of year and embrace the season. Think about all of the 'me' time you're going to get now you don't HAVE to go out all the time, it's the perfect excuse to be selfish. Be good to yourself, have plentiful hot baths with uplifting essential oils (bergamot and geranium are two of my faves), enjoy hot drinks, make nourishing soups, read soul nourishing books and give some time back to yourself.
7. Get some sun
Vitamin D levels can drop in the winter as the days are so short. This mood improving vitamin is needed even more at this time so make extra effort to spend time outside especially on sunny days. Sit by the window in cafes, on buses and keep your curtains open. Go outside within two hours of waking up and get the circulation moving. If you really can't stand the cold then take a trip somewhere hot, even the shortest trip can break up the winter drone.
View winter as time for renewal and reflection. Slow down, go to a relaxing yoga/meditation class and journey to the silence within, many answers and solutions can be found there.
9. See your friends
When you’re done with the ‘me time’ get out and see your friends. It’s easy to stay house bound but your friends will put a smile on your face and you can support each other through the cold month’s brrrrr.
10. Watch stuff
If all else fails just make sure you've got enough box sets and films to see you through. To keep the spirits high I recommend a dose of Modern Family, Arrested Development or just about anything with Will Ferrell in it, if this is the only advice you take from this post then you'll be juuuuust fine.
A happy, restful and reflective winter to you all : )
Photo Jaro Larnos
Would you like to learn some simple yoga techniques to keep you calm during the festive season whilst everyone else is losing their cool? Then head down to Victors Lab on Sat 29th November for Lucyoga and White Bird Sound's Relaxation Workshop with Dru Yoga and Sound Healing.
This is very special chance to practice calming Dru Yoga combined with Soothing Sound Therapy from White Bird Sounds - a brilliant way to let go of your unwanted baggage before the New Year.
For 20% off use the discount code QLVVGVSX.
The workshop is suitable for all, so you don't need any experience of Dru Yoga to attend and beginners are totally welcome. For more experienced yogis this is an ideal opportunity to come and release and let go for a couple of hours, an urban retreat in the heart of Peckham.
We're so excited to announce that next year we will be returning to our secluded Andalucian mountain villa for our Dru Yoga Summer Retreat. We all had such an amazing time on the 2014 Dru Yoga retreat and can't wait to do it all again. In 2015 we'll be doing all the yoga, eating and chilling that we did this year but with added meditation sessions and organised beach and waterfall walks. There will even be the opportunity to receive some hands on Reiki healing and Thai foot massage from our in-house therapist Danielle as well as other Holistic Therapies and beauty treatments from local therapist Debbie. Have a look at what we got up to in 2014 http://www.getlostretreats.com/some-photos-from-our-2014-dru-yoga-holiday-andalucia/
Tempted to join us? Read more about the retreat here
There are limited spaces on this retreat so book now to avoid disappointment
We look forward to seeing you in 2015! : )
I don't know about you but I've been surrounded by emotions and tempers on this fiery Aries moon. Sometimes it's hard to forgive in the heat of the moment but once the storm passes we can find the stillness and space to look at things from another perspective. Here is a lovely piece on Forgiveness from the Living Shamanically blog.
I’ve been dying to go to Ibiza for as long as I can remember, well ever since I read about the various legends of Es Vedra at least. Standing at nearly 400 metres high Es Vedra is a large uninhabited rock island situated 2km off the west coast of Ibiza in the Cala d’hort area.
Some say this was the island of the Sirens in the Homer epics. Others believe it to be the tip of the ancient civilisation of Atlantis but that might be pushing it a bit too far. I was more interested in the stories I’d heard of this rock’s powerful magnetic field...
“Due to extremely high concentrations of metals and minerals the rock island, ES VEDRA creates a highly magnetic field, resulting in it being ’ the 3rd most magnetic spot’ on the globe” - Ibiza4all
Now you’re talking and I’m interested!
Navigational instruments are said to go haywire in the vicinity of Es Vedra and it is almost impossible to get a correct compass reading. Even homing pigeons get lost and confused about the ‘way home’ when flying over the island. So when I arrived in Ibiza to attend a conference on Plant Medicines (that’s a whole other amazing story) I knew that I had to make a trip to this mysterious rock top of my to do list.
I decided to take a day out from the conference to explore this beautiful island. That morning I had woken with a really bad headache, (I’m prone to these kind of headaches that nothing gets rid of), urgh it was grim but I was trying to not let it ruin my day. So I hopped in my overpriced hire car and headed out. Driving up and round the winding island roads I was struck by how green and lush everything was, I was reminded of times spent travelling the islands of Thailand “This could be Koh Pangan” I thought “but so much easier to get to”, a reassuring thought for someone of a nomadic persuasion.
The first thing that hit me as I approached the road to Cala D'hort (the beach overlooking Es Vedra) was that my headache was clearing, wow could the rock really be that powerful? I remembered that I’d read somewhere that you should make a wish on approaching and it will most certainly come true. Then I noticed the rock’s majestic presence as it came into view demanding attention from all around, “My god I’m in love”; she was an absolute beauty (my photo’s really do not do it justice). I parked up and walked to a nearby viewing point to get a full frontal. It was here where I noticed that my headache had completely gone and that I really needed no more convincing of this rock’s magic.
I walked down to Cala D’Hort, a beautiful horse shoe shaped beach with the bluest, clearest water you could dream of and went for a swim. This was the best swim I’d had in ages (and I’d had a lot of swims lately), I felt elated and dare I say …healed! My excruciating headache was actually gone and no over the counter drugs were needed, yay!
I spent the day lulling about in a dreamy haze soaking up the magnetic rays (and some from the sun too) and then headed back up to the lookout point to have one last moment with this special place. As I stared out at Es Vedra a rush of excitement welled up in me as I realised where I was and that really I’d only just begun to uncover some of the magic that this island might have to offer.
We are so excited to announce some new locations for our Retreat getaways in 2015.
In September we will be heading across to Moraira near Alicante for our end of Summer Dru Yoga Holiday. I've just come back from Moriara and wowee this place is FULL of gorgeous beaches (in case you didn't notice the picture below!) and lots of fun stuff to do so it really will be the perfect blend of beach, relaxation, tone and balance. We cannot wait to take you there and will be releasing more details shortly.
Just look at this dreamy location and tell me you don't want to join us... I dare you! : )