On this Harvest Moon

full moon Oct 01, 2020

The Harvest Fiery Full Moon in Aries reminds us to push through. Now is not the time for despair, but for courage and a soulful stirring of our strength. 

The Full Moon in Aries gives us an extra boost of energy, inspiring us to find purpose in hardships and to keep moving forward despite the difficulties and challenges we encounter.

Full Moons represent the peak phase of the lunar cycle, a moment of breakthrough, culmination, and maturation. They offer us the chance to release the results of our work, to share it with the collective, and to let go of everything that we no longer want to carry.

Yet, Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac: this infuses the Harvest Moon with the energy of a new beginning, it increases our desire for freedom, new experiences, and lowers our tolerance for lack and limitations.

The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, this event signals the beginning of Fall and the need to harvest the crops: it...

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Simple Oatmeal

Simple Oatmeal

Kitchari is traditionally eaten three times a day during an Ayurvedic cleanse, but this simple oatmeal recipe is a good alternative if preparing kitchari before breakfast is not realistic for you. This recipe can also provide a helpful break from the kitchari monodiet—which is especially important if you tend to tire of similar foods easily.

While fruit and grains are typically considered a poor food combination, oats are a particularly light grain and are generally quite digestible. 

In addition, when fruits and oats are cooked together, their more diverse qualities are able to mingle in a way that further improves their digestibility.

Ingredients

1/2 cup dry rolled oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cups raisins
1/2–1 cup fresh apple, apricot, peach, or pear (cut into small pieces)
Optional Warming Spices

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder

Directions

Combine the raisins, cut fruit, 1 cup water,...

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Golden Milk

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2020

Golden Milk

Enjoy this delicious and warming milk this fall instead of your morning coffee or next time you need a cozy pick me up. 

Ingredients

1 cup /250ml organic almond, oat, coconut, or hemp milk etc. 

½ cup/125ml of water

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground turmeric

2-3 cardamom pods, cracker or tsp ground cardamom

Pinch of ground nutmeg

A good grind of ground black pepper

Optional

1 date or 1 tsp jaggery to sweeten

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated or ½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp organic ghee (good for vata)

Add the milk, water, spices and the date, if using, to a pan and season with black pepper and whisk well.

Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes being careful not to let it burn or let it bubble over! Add ghee and jaggery, if using, mix well and remove from heat.

Allow to cool a little, strain and serve.

 

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Cleansing + Clearing Teas

ayurveda fall cleanse tea Sep 21, 2020

Rehydration Tea

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups pure water
2 heaping teaspoons peppermint or fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon natural mineral salt
1/4 lime (squeezed juice)
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar or a ½ tsp of Maple Syrup or Raw honey
Directions

Boil water. Remove from heat and add herbs, salt, and lime.

Steep ten minutes, strain, add sweetner, and drink warm or at room temperature.

Detox Herbal Tea

Ingredients

2-3 slices fresh ginger
¼ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp of coriander seeds or 1 tbs of freshly chopped coriander leaves

Boil one litre of water and put all the ingredients in the water & boil for 5 minutes.
Filter the water and keep it in a thermos flask. Throw away the ingredients.
Drink this water warm, throughout the day, for purifying, detoxifying and cleansing of the digestive system.

 

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Simple Kitchari

ayurveda kitchari recipe Sep 21, 2020

Remember that your food will absorb the energy of your mindset and state of being while you are cooking. You can assist your healing process by bringing good intentions and a sense of presence into your kitchen.

Kitchari is a stew-type meal that is prepared from basmati rice and split mung dal. During a cleanse, appropriate vegetables provide texture, flavor, and an important source of fiber.

Kitchari is very easy to digest, which makes it a wonderful food for any cleansing regimen. It allows the digestive system to rest, allocating extra energy to the body’s natural detoxification processes.

The quantities in this recipe provide a good starting point for a day’s supply of kitchari, but as you learn your preferences and habits, you are welcome to adjust the quantities to better fit your needs.

Ingredients

1 cup white basmati rice

1/2 cup yellow mung dal (or yellow lentils if mung beans are not available)

2 tablespoons ghee

1 tablespoon kitchari spice mix*

1 teaspoon...

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7 Day Fall Cleanse + Reset

ayurveda fall cleanse Sep 21, 2020

An Introduction to Ayurvedic Cleansing

After months of disrupted routines and spending more time working from home, most of us have developed less than optimal health habits! These days, feeling lousy has almost become the norm. Too many of us are giving up on the possibility of ever feeling our best again.

Ayurveda literally means “the knowledge of life”, and it teaches us how to realign to the rhythms of nature, how to create more balance, joy and ease in our body, mind, and spirit, and how to live life in the best possible way.

As a system of healing, Ayurveda honors the uniqueness of the individual while helping each of us create an ever-improving sense of wellbeing and harmony in our lives.

Ayurveda doesn’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution—no silver bullet to heal one and all. Instead, it teaches us how to better align with our truest inner nature and to reinvigorate our own innate intelligence in order to guide a very gentle and authentic healing...

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Resources For Your Liberation

“Where we are born into privilege, we are charged with dismantling any myth of supremacy. 

Where we are born into struggle, we are charged with claiming our dignity, joy and liberation.”

adrienne maree brown

At The Well we are committed to helping all people live a Wild Embodied Liberated Life. 

Our theme for July is Listen to Understand, inspired by the (long overdue) global cry for social change. 

We are actively listening to and learning from the voices of Black, Indegenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), as part of our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and racism within ourselves and the cultures we create.

Unraveling racism is not going to happen overnight or from reading a few books. As Arielle Gray stated, learning and excommunicating your internalized racism is a lifelong process that requires intense self-study and determination.” Only through consistent action and long term commitment can we become part of the...

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Summer Solstice + New Moon Blessings!

photo by Bryan Goff

Referred to as the “Ring of Fire”, tomorrow marks the powerful triple alignment of the Summer Solstice , Solar Eclipse and the New Moon in Cancer.

As the longest day of the year, the summer solstice represents the brightest day of the year, the most light filled and life giving. The new moon is the dark womb space, a time for introspection, deep imagining of new directions and planting seeds of intention.

In the archetypal sign of the mother, cancer rules our emotions and invites us to feel everything. This new moon may bring old wounds and deep hidden traumas to the surface, in order to be seen, felt and integrated.

As the saying goes “to feel is to heal”, so allow yourself to cry, grieve, laugh, be angry, rejoice, forgive; welcome and love all of your emotions as a mother compassionately comforting her divine children. Every part of you wants to be seen, loved by light of your awareness like the warmth of the sun.

Eclipses set...

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Listening + Learning: Anti-Racism Resources

antiracism Jun 04, 2020

photo by Clay Banks

We are on the precipice of something huge. 

Know that self care during these times is not selfish, but essential to cultivate the compassion, diligence and boldness needed for the work that lies ahead. 

I’m not saying all of our work is the same. Some of us are learning about racism and some of us are living it. Therefore, our roles and responsibilities to the eradication of racism is different. 

But I think we can all sit with the question, what am I willing to risk for BIPOC lives? How can I serve at this time? And then do it.

Keep doing your daily practices. Be ok with discomfort, mistakes and messiness. This is how we live our spirituality and embrace our shared humanity. 

A post on social media is not enough. Everyday action is required to dismantle racism.

To start, I’m making the following company wide (W-School & The Well on Bowen) commitments:

  • We will listen. This week, we won’t be promoting any content on our...
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Ask Your Inner Wise Woman

crone wise women May 12, 2020

Hello Wise Woman, 

As communities slowly begin to re-open and we emerge from our cocoons into our new post covid reality, I’m filled with anxiety and hope. 

Anxious that we’ll rush back into our old ways of busy-ness and consumption. Hopeful that the changes we’ve experienced have left a lasting imprint, and opened our eyes to a slower, more nourishing way of life. 

“Take your time, the whole world is in transition, don’t rush into or commit to anything right now”, a therapist friend advised. The soothing reminder my soul needed to hear in that moment. 

It’s ok to go slow. And to let things go. And to not know what comes next.

When faced with life's big questions, I imagine myself as an old woman, fifty years from now, looking back on this time, and I ask her, my inner wise woman, for guidance. 

Although culturally we’ve dismissed the elders in our communities, for thousands of years, older women, known as...

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