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Nourish Your Life

Mar 31, 2014 02:21AM

Feeling the need to recharge your batteries? Longing for more energy, clarity, and balance in your life? A wellness retreat might be just what you need.

We are pleased to announce Restorative Health’s first Raw Food Retreat, on May 22 to 25, at The Barn at Two Rivers, nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley, just 80 miles from Washington. The newly renovated Civil War-era barn combines vintage charm with elegant modern amenities, and provides both open, tranquil retreat space and cozy lodging, with views of the surrounding countryside.

Raw Food Retreat gives you the opportunity to step away from your stressful life. By reserving four days in a community with like-minded individuals, we have created an environment to nourish not just your body, but your spirit. Spend time nurturing yourself—no dishes to wash or meetings to attend. You can take time for you.

You’ll learn practical techniques that can be easily applied to your daily life. Enjoy the healing benefits of delicious raw foods, while learning to prepare rich nut cheeses, cultured berries and dairy-free ice cream, just to name a few. Nutrient dense foods are essential, but must be balanced with daily methods of detoxification. Far infrared sauna rids the body of chemical toxins, while emotional freedom technique (EFT) encourages the release of emotional toxicity that often keeps us trapped in our disease. Daily meditation will balance your mind, and you’ll receive healing touch with massage and acupuncture.

Our life is like a puzzle, comprised of many pieces. When one piece is missing, the picture is not complete. We’ve created a retreat that taps into every one of these pieces. It’s a balancing act. Raw Food Retreat takes the emphasis off of duty, responsibility and the stressors of daily living, and places it on spirit, nourishment and authentic living.

I completed my first raw food cleanse several years ago and left feeling like a completely different person. I had maintained a healthy diet for many years but was amazed at the dramatic shift in my mind and body, after eating raw foods for just seven days. The experience opened my eyes to a new way of living—food became my medicine. I want to share my experience with you.

We live in a fast-paced society and we stretch ourselves too thin. We must learn to slow down and nourish ourselves and our life. But how? In my experience, we have to feel health in order to be motivated toward change. What does a healing environment look like? What does it feel like? Join me to experience wellness in our healing space at The Barn at Two Rivers, and take home the tools and knowledge you need to nourish your life.

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Melissa Windsor, DC, is a chiropractor and nutrition and lifestyle coach at Restorative Health in N.W. Washington.  


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