2014 was transformational in the most beautiful and powerful of ways.
It all started when I made a commitment to detox my life. Struggling with a newly (and finally) diagnosed autoimmune disease, my dear friend, wellbeing expert and photographer Rachel Demy, recommended I read “You Are What You Eat”.
Diving into the waters of nutrition, I was reminded that the foods we eat have a direct impact on our wellbeing. It made total sense and subsequently resulted in a commitment to make healthier food and life choices. I cut out meats, starch, sugar, stress and integrated cold-pressed juices into my diet whenever possible and found that they invigorated me with a sense of energy I hadn’t had before and also helped me live almost pain-free.
But this detox commitment wasn’t just about eating healthier or living a cleaner lifestyle. It was about purging all of the unhealthy elements and relationships from my life. I found that to determine whether a relationship is toxic, I only had to ask a very simple question: Am I in it because I LOVE or because I FEAR? I questioned EVERYTHING: The boyfriend, whose mind games I grew tired of, the red dress I bought years ago that had shrunk too small (or had I grown up?), the artist who brought in a decent commission, but really, was an ungrateful mess, etc.
To start fresh and get unwanted clutter out of my life, I cut out half of my booking agency’s roster, detoxed from my Berlin Mitte apartment, where I had been living for years, and left Berlin with all the things I loved packed up neatly in 2 suitcases and my heart.
Travelling around Europe for 3 months visiting my favourite people and places in Copenhagen, Cologne, Paris, Provence and Barcelona, my detox path eventually led me to the magic mountains of Bad Gastein.
And to a new project in marketing, PR and events at 3 boutique hotels! One of them being the Hotel Miramonte. In early April ‘15 my friend and travel guide author, Nancy Bachmann, organised a „Mountain Detox Retreat“ at the Miramonte, which proved to be the perfect detox experience. Led by Julia Moton, a Clear Light healer and trainer, the retreat focused on healing and refreshing through Kundalini yoga and a fabulous vegan and anti-inflammation diet. Julia has taught Kundalini yoga and meditation all over the world, and I found her classes to be invigorating, refreshing and empowering both physically and mentally. She is also known for unique healing abilities, pulling out toxins, releasing blockages, and channeling healing energy into her patients’ bodies.
The retreat food itself was spectacular, with dishes like chia superfood pudding, raw fennel zucchini cashew soup, mung bean stew, and roasted saffron cauliflower with gold berries and lentils on the menu. This fresh, healthy menu proved to be a great way to fuel our bodies so we had energy to detox other elements of our lives.
But the ever so crucial part of the retreat was the amazing cold-pressed juice, supplied by Los Angeles Cold Press Juices. Los Angeles Cold Press Juices is a Berlin based cold-pressed juicery that was founded by Nancy and her sister Cindy. They make a variety of great juices, as well as superfood smoothies, herbal tonics, creamy nut milks, and elixirs, using only organic ingredients.
The next Kundalini Detox Retreat taking place June 1st – June 5th, 2015 offers participants a chance to relax and rejuvenate at the stunning Hotelito d’Alma Eremito. This beautiful hotel is actually a restored monastery, secluded deep within the lush forests of the Umbrian valley. Believe me, you will fall in love with this place. With its medieval charm, dramatic stone walls and beautiful earth-toned textiles. The retreat offers three hours of Kundalini yoga classes and workshops per day, private healing sessions, detox shots, herbal tonics and superfood smoothies, and, of course, great cold-pressed juices. All in all, it is an event I highly recommend and an experience not to be missed!
For more info on the retreat at Eremito, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hotel at +39 0763 891010.
ps. Sportgastein & Hotel Miramonte photos by Thomas Neukum.